These $4,000 Year Program tuition grants are available on a limited basis, and roughly parallel the amounts awarded by Masa Israel Journey to those eligible in order to help cover the cost of full-time study at Pardes
The launch of this special grant comes as the result of identifying a growing interest among Masa program participants and alumni in finding a meaningful, serious, and open forum to explore questions about Jewish life, text and ritual, both during their respective programs and beyond. Over the last several years, Pardes has opened its doors to welcome other Masa programs for enrichment opportunities including learning sessions about Jewish holidays, Shabbatonim, and more.
In many cases, time spent volunteering, interning, and pursuing additional passions in Israel leads to a piqued interest in Jewish identity, Jewish community, and Jewish knowledge, and participants find themselves eager for a forum to explore these issues while further engaging with Israeli society.
"I had a wonderful time on Oztma
in 2010-11, living, working, and sometimes playing in Israeli society. At the end of the year, I was not ready to leave," said Amir Zinkow, now a student at Pardes. "Learning at Pardes has been an amazing way to help me further connect to Israel, the Jewish people, and my own Judaism from a textual perspective, and has empowered me with skills to lead an informed Jewish life."
The Pardes grants will allow Masa program participants of the last five years an opportunity to take their Jewish exploration and learning to the next level, while alleviating some of the financial concern that full-time study sometimes brings - particularly for those who have already used their funding from Masa.
Pardes Dean Dr. David I. Bernstein said, “As Masa's impressive array of programs continues to provide transformative experiences in Israel to so many young Jewish adults, we hear their wishes to continue exploring their Jewish identities in a meaningful way. Pardes decided to take the extra step to further engage Masa alumni by providing an in-depth opportunity to explore classic Jewish texts and contemporary Jewish issues in a diverse, warm, and open environment.”