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The Pardes Year/Semester Program offers you the opportunity to delve deeply into Jewish ideas, texts and personal questions - empowering you to make Judaism your own. You'll come away with skills, knowledge and inspiration under your belt, a lifelong community of passionate peers and mentors, and the life-changing experience of living and learning in vibrant, fascinating Jerusalem.
Open to university graduates and attracting a diverse cohort, the Year/Semester Program combines classic Jewish text study with the exploration of ethical, spiritual, philosophical, legal and societal issues facing the Jewish people today. Students leave Pardes with refined critical thinking, improved communication and interpersonal skills, and more nuanced and sensitive perspectives on Judaism, Israel and their own role in the world.
Students participate in seminar-style classes and havruta (partner study), and create a tailored program to reflect their interests.
Classes include Talmud, Bible, Jewish Philosophy, Gender and Sexuality, and more, including the following Specialty Tracks:
-Self, Soul & Text
-Judaism & Conflict Resolution
Pardes also offers training for current and future Jewish experiential educators and classroom teachers, including graduate degree and certificate options: www.pardes.org.il/pcje
For a taste of dynamic community life at Pardes, click here.
Jenna King Brill (Pardes '12-'13)
Assistant Director of Recruitment, North America
Israel & International
Associate Director of Recruitment, Israel
+972 2 673 5210 (ext 230)
Director of Admissions
The Yahel Social Change Program combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion in a local Israeli neighborhood. Two locations are now available; Work with the Arab-Israeli community in Lod, or the Ethiopian-Israeli community in Ramat Eliyahu, Rishon LeZion. Yahel partners with local grassroots organizations working in the fields of empowerment, community development and education.
As a participant, you’ll have the opportunity to work in local schools, youth centers, nonprofit organizations and community gardens and learn about important social justice issues such as minorities in Israel, community activism, relations between secular and religious populations, refugee and asylum seekers, and more.