These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem

Turkey 2017: The In-Between

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Amalia Mark

Between two continents; sky above, water below. The in-between space. It’s a beautifully unsettling place, one where we can be struck with the immense magnificence of creation and human ingenuity. I’m speaking of course, of the bridge that connects the two continents of Europe and Asia within Turkey. The Bosphorous Bridge, most recently known as Continue Reading »

Meant2Be: A Different Kind of Love

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Scarlet Michaelson

This blog was originally published in The Jewish Journal. I raised my cup of wine as the rabbi recited Kiddush in a space that was filled with young adults. My plan had been to stay in Jerusalem for five months, but this was my sixth. The city had compelled me to stay. The sounds of Continue Reading »

Turkey 2017: Coming Together

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Stefanie Glowinsky

This​ ​morning​ ​we​ ​had​ ​the​ ​privilege​ ​of​ ​meeting​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Hahambaşi,​ ​the​ ​Chief​ ​Rabbi​ ​of​ ​Turkey.​ ​He came​ ​across​ ​as​ ​very​ ​personable​ ​and​ ​friendly,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​had​ ​many​ ​words​ ​of​ ​wisdom​ ​to​ ​share​ ​with us.​ ​We​ ​learned​ ​how​ ​he​ ​responds​ ​to​ ​the​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​his​ ​community​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​that​ ​shows​ ​he understands​ ​them​ ​and​ Continue Reading »

Turkey 2017: Shabbat is Coming

Posted on February 19, 2017 by Carrie Watkins

Hello, My name is Carrie. I am a lava monster, and today I taught a lesson on the teachings of Hillel from Pirkei Avot. Perhaps you didn’t think lava monsters could teach Torah – a common misconception. Allow me to explain. Today, the Pardes students and I taught six lessons to fifth and sixth graders Continue Reading »

Zionism Tiyul- 2017: “Oh God, Make it Last Forever”

Posted on February 19, 2017 by Rachel Dingman

“Oh God, make it last forever…” Hannah Senesh writes as she sits on the shore line of Caesara and I can’t help but feel those words in the depth of my soul. I’ve felt this many times on our tiyulim…when we see the beautiful landscape of the Arava; when we are literally able to touch Continue Reading »

Turkey 2017: Giving Back

Posted on February 16, 2017 by Suzie Schmitz

After a wonderful sleep at our host families’ homes, we were back up and exploring the community early this morning.  We started the day with Shacharit and breakfast at the Ortaköy synagogue near where we are staying and then spent most of the morning and afternoon hopping in and out of different active and no Continue Reading »

Turkey 2017: Hitting the Ground Running

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Jesse Nagelberg

We’re here! After weeks of meeting, planning programs, and discussing the history, politics, and culture of Turkey, we finally flew to Istanbul this morning to start our six-day journey exploring the city and working with the Jewish communities here. Once we landed, we hit the ground running with visits to the Istanbul Archaeology Museums, the Continue Reading »

Turkey 2017: The Start of an Adventure

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Anya Morgulis

“Hey, want to go to Turkey?” my friend asked me one day at school. My response was something along the lines of, “I don’t NOT want to go to Turkey…” But, when I found out about this incredible opportunity to travel with Rabbi Levi Cooper to Istanbul and meet and learn from the Jewish community Continue Reading »

Matching a Couple is as Difficult as Splitting the Sea

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Jonah P.

We are taught: “Matching a couple is as difficult as splitting the sea.” And we are also taught: “At the moment of each person’s conception, a Heavenly Echo calls out and decrees their future partner.” Which is it? Two weeks after becoming engaged to Rebecca, as we enter our 4th year as a couple, I Continue Reading »

[Alumni/Staff Guest Post] My story of loss, hope and Tu B’Shevat

Posted on January 15, 2017 by admin

Karen Feuer (Year ’99-’00 and current Pardes staff member) shares her thought about Tu B’Shvat. Seven years ago I underwent induced labor with twins at only 21-weeks into my pregnancy. The pregnancy was no longer safe for me, and this forced, early labor (that sounds nicer than “abortion”) was the result. It was a gut-wrenching Continue Reading »