These and Those

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

Diversifying the Meaning of Home

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Carrie Watkins

I AM DIVERSIFYING THE MEANING OF HOME A Seven Word Story: I am diversifying the meaning of home. I feel at home In this homesickness, finding Comfort in longing I travel onwards Metaphor and love guiding Water after rain I have diversified the meaning of home In the taste of kedem grape juice on shabbat Continue Reading »

Turkey 2017: In the News

Posted on February 27, 2017 by

The following is a translation of the news article that appeared in Salom, the Turkish Jewish newspaper. Pardes visited Istanbul. Ten young people from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, based in Jerusalem, has brought a brand new and different energy to the Jewish community last week in accompaniment of Dr. Rabbi Levi Cooper, their teacher. Continue Reading »

The Five Gifts of Learning I Gave Myself

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Linda Adler Hurwitz

by Linda Adler Hurwitz, Baltimore, MD In July 2016, I took five days out of my life to go back to school. I took an intensive dive back into Jewish texts, at Pardes’s Executive Learning Seminar, in anticipation of beginning an important communal leadership role. I felt the need to prepare myself both mentally and Continue Reading »

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 »