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Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Program Description

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.


Click here to meet current and former Pardes students.

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Classes include Talmud, Bible, Jewish Philosophy, Gender and Sexuality, and more, including the following Specialty Tracks:

-Social Justice

-Self, Soul & Text

-Judaism & Conflict Resolution

-Ikarim (Essentials)


Pardes also offers training for current and future Jewish experiential educators and classroom teachers, including graduate degree and certificate options:


For a taste of dynamic community life at Pardes, click here.


In addition to opportunities to explore Israel, Pardes offers international travel opportunities, including organized trips to Germany and Turkey.


For more information, contact:

North America
Jenna King Brill (Pardes '12-'13)
Assistant Director of Recruitment, North America
(212) 447-4333
Israel & International
Erika Dahan
Associate Director of Recruitment, Israel
+972 2 673 5210 (ext 230)


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All eligible Masa Israel participants can receive financial assistance toward the cost of their program.
These grants and scholarships can significantly reduce the cost of participating in a Masa Israel program. Prices listed here represent the full, unsubsidized program cost.