These and Those

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

Walking Away From Sinai

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Chavah Troyka

When you read the Torah, it’s impossible to miss the drama of the beginning of the revelation at Sinai. But it’s easy to read right past the end without even realizing what’s just happened. In Bamidbar 10:10, G-d is simply giving another mitzvah to the Jewish people. Then suddenly, in Bamidbar 10:11, without any explanation Continue Reading »

To feel at home: Shabbat in Turkey (Pardes Turkey trip 2018)

Posted on March 26, 2018 by Gavi Bernat-Kunin Kornsgold

Shabbat entered with a wonderful sense of familiarity. Again we were at the Etz HaHayim synagogue in Ortakoy, honored with co-leading and energizing Friday night services and dinner with our lively songs. Joining us was an Israeli dance group who we were going to see perform Saturday night at the Carmiel dance show! This was Continue Reading »

Teaching and Learning – Pardes Turkey trip 2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Maxim Delchev

We just came back from the Ulus School in Istanbul, where we spent our two days learning together with the high-school students about Pesach. And we decided instead of sharing with you what we taught in the school (we hope that the kids will share that next Friday on their Pesach celebrations at home), all Continue Reading »

A Rabbi, a doctor, a biologist, 12 teenagers and a director of spice trade company went together to a dining hall… (Pardes in Turkey 2018)

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Maxim Delchev

A Rabbi, a medical doctor, a biologist, 12 teenagers and a director of spice trade corporation went together to a dining hall…. And that is not the beginning of a very strange joke. But it was exactly what happened to us in our second day in the Pardes trip to Turkey. While we spent most Continue Reading »

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 »

Reflections on Gniewczyna, Poland

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Doug Russ

A few weeks ago, while on the Pardes trip to Poland, I and our group visited the hometown of my paternal grandfather, William Russ z”l. It’s a small village named Gniewczyna, located in Southeastern Poland. My grandfather grew up there with his two brothers and parents – one of the twelve Jewish families in a 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 »