These and Those

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

On the streets of Istanbul: Pardes in Turkey 2018

Posted on March 22, 2018 by Nate Swetlitz

Bright and early. Well, it’s not bright yet because it’s too early. But we make it to the airport, and in no time we’re back in the city of sinuous streets, countless spires, and constant noise. Istanbul spans many cultures and two continents. We began our day back in Turkey on the Asian side, visiting Continue Reading »

Reflections on the 2017-18 Modern Israel Seminar Tiyul

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Alex Ronay

Hope Enough Took a trip down south— Not so far, but far enough. Tzion drove the bus— Not so fast, but fast enough. Saw a monument to the fighting farmers— Not so true, but true enough. Walked through farmland, wildflowers— Not so wild, but wild enough. Slept in a Kibbutz, played “Potato Pirates”— Not so Continue Reading »

Turkey 2018: Shabbat in Turkey

Posted on February 26, 2018 by Sarah Palmer

After a busy day with the students at Ulus, we all headed back to our billets to get ready for Shabbat. We welcomed in Shabbat with Rabbi Nafi at the Ortaköy synagogue. Rabbi Nafi exploded with the most most exciting energy that inspired us and the community to sing and dance for just about the entirety of Continue Reading »

Turkey 2018: Day 4 — Preparing for Purim

Posted on February 25, 2018 by Sarah Palmer

Today was an exciting day at the Ulus Jewish School. We davened Shacharit at Alef (the Jewish community center next to the school) and then had six classes full of games, laughter, and song. We met students in the 6th, 7th, and 11th grades who shared some of their upcoming plans for Purim. In the Continue Reading »

Turkey 2018: Day 3 — Dancing a Singing

Posted on February 23, 2018 by Nate Swetlitz

In Turkey, the time is different than it is in Israel. It’s not just that it’s an hour later here. In Turkey, we have two days in one. After one and a half days of experiencing the city of seven hills (imagine a combination of San Francisco for the streets, LA for the traffic, and Continue Reading »

Turkey 2018: Day 2 — Uplifting Prayers

Posted on February 22, 2018 by Morane Bensoussan

After an eventful day visiting Istanbul’a main synagogues and touring around Buyukada island, popular summer destination among the Turkish Jewish community, we took the last ferry back to the city for an evening at “Aleph”. Aleph is the youth movement affiliated to the high school we will be teaching in tomorrow and on Friday. Thanks Continue Reading »

Turkey 2018: Day 2 — Jewish Unity

Posted on February 22, 2018 by Benji Elson

Today, we met with members of the Chief Rabbinate of Turkey. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with the chief Rabbi himself, the Haham, as planned due to his being ill (he should have a speedy recovery!). But we did get to meet with four important rabbis of the Turkish community. Each of them Continue Reading »

Turkey 2018: Day 1 — A Day of Introduction

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Gavi Bernat-Kunin Kornsgold

After arriving in Istanbul, our first stop was a synagogue. This seemed so fitting as we had left Israel, a center of Jewish life and Judaism to be in the center of another Jewish community. This synagogue was located on the Asian side of turkey and was over 100 year old. As we entered, we Continue Reading »

Turkey 2018: Day 1: Boarding

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Joshua Hooper

The countdown is almost over as we are about to board our plane to turkey. B”h, everyone made it to the airport with plenty of time to relax, daven, and of course grab any last items from duty free. The feeling of excitement is in the air… See you in Turkey!

Turkey 2018: Day 1 — On Our Way

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Daniel Dolph Reichenbach

5AM, coffee in hands and bags packed as we make our way out the door. On the bus to the airport, everyone is excited, sleepy, and maybe a little nervous. Watching the sun rise slowly over the judean hills as we wind our way down road 1 towards ben gurion airport, there is a sense Continue Reading »