These and Those

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

From the 2-State Solution to Yaakov’s Dream

Posted on March 4, 2019 by Yonatan Rahmani

The Oslo Accords presented an opportunity for the Jewish State that was never fully actualized. The generation of Israeli teens that witnessed the country split among deep rifts in 1993 and 1994 was also the generation that shed tears in 1995. This generation, I learned, is known as the Candle Generation. They witnessed the First Continue Reading »

Success, Failure and Modern Israel

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Shoshana Raun

It’s unusual to have your bags checked by a guard before going into an Israeli garden. And the bag check was before a second guard swept a handheld metal detector around my person. I was a little surprised. I was with fellow Pardes students at the gates of the lovely Bahai Gardens in Haifa. The Continue Reading »

Modern Israel Seminar Student Reflection

Posted on February 25, 2019 by Danielle Plung

I love living in Jerusalem, surrounded by my fellow Pardesnikim, all of whom—in addition to being generally lovely people—share my deep commitment to spending our days in the Beit Midrash, translating texts and debating over the latest tractate of Mishna or Talmud, who love to discuss the weekly Torah portion even as they munch on Continue Reading »

Modern Israel Seminar

Posted on February 24, 2019 by Alana Dakin

120 years after Theodore Herzl stepped foot in Eretz Israel for the first time, a group of yeshiva students makes its way slowly through the countryside just outside of Zikhron Ya’akov, one of the first Zionist settlements established in the land of Israel. Our boots are heavy with mud formed after an early spring rain Continue Reading »

How Judaism Influenced My Love of Medicine

Posted on April 8, 2019 by Jason Gusdorf

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri in a reform Jewish household. My seminal Jewish experiences were my Bar Mitzvah and Jewish Summer camp, which I attended for 7 years. OSRUI was formative in my identity and I have a deep love for the institution, the friends I made, and the time I spent there. Continue Reading »

Golan Tiyul Reflection

Posted on April 3, 2019 by Daniella Silverstein

Last week Pardes students enjoyed three days of exploring the Golan, drinking in the scenery. Rainy plains covered in wildflowers, mountains built of rocks, green for days, a shout of exaltation spilling across the landscape. We met crumbling and rebuilt temples, abandoned war bunkers, and UN personnel manning the Syrian border. And through it all Continue Reading »

Golan Tiyul Reflection

Posted on April 3, 2019 by Danielle Plung

The first time I traveled to the Golan Heights was as a child, one July, on my first trip to Israel with my parents and brother. We were surrounded by brown, seemingly barren, mountains with straw-like grass, parched in the summer sun, and, when our tour guide said that this was his favorite part of Continue Reading »

Questions of a Curious Soul

Posted on March 26, 2019 by Mina Pasajlic

If anyone would have asked me if anything about my life would be different after the year at Pardes – I would have probably said something like: “Well, I’m guessing I will know a little bit more than I do now and hopefully I’ll be more confident when teaching anything Jewishly in the future”. And Continue Reading »

South and Back Again: A Visit to Antarctica

Posted on February 26, 2019 by Aviva Turner

Recently, I returned from an excursion to Antarctica-The White Continent. My fascination with the polar regions began during my residency training program in 1980 when one of the nurse practitioners I was working with turned out to be the granddaughter of Admiral Bryd, who is credited with being the first person to fly over the Continue Reading »

Walking Around Jerusalem

Posted on February 3, 2019 by Shoshana Raun

Walking around Jerusalem, I always look for small details. I love the wide views of the city walls, seeing the Old City from the tayelet, and sunsets over the western hills from the Pardes Beit Midrash. Yet I focus on many small details. A red flower popping out from a white picket fence on General Continue Reading »

There’s Something About Istanbul…Pardes Turkey Trip 2019

Posted on January 22, 2019 by Branden Charles

There’s something about Istanbul – a city that literally spans different continents – that speaks to my identity as an American Jew living in Israel. One side is “Western,” familiar. The other side is “Eastern/Asian,” unfamiliar, exotic, and beguiling. This was most evident during our Shabbat spent with the community of Congregation Etz Chayyim on Continue Reading »

Germany Up Close – Pardes Germany Trip 2019

Posted on January 22, 2019 by Barry Rosekind

The week long Pardes/Germany Close Up trip was full to the brim to say the least. The first couple days were filled with so much life, living Judaism and confronting the Holocaust and its memory. Our program began with a conversation with our trip organizers including Dr. Dagmar Pruin, who is an incredible woman, and Continue Reading »

New Year’s Intentions: Tefilah and Focus

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Amy Gold

This was originally distributed to the families of Epstein Hillel School, January 2, 2019. Amy Gold participated in the Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative Retreat in the Boston area. To register for our June 2019 conference visit our Tefilah Education Conference for Day School Administrators homepage. January first brings New Year’s resolutions. Commercials on the radio, social Continue Reading »

The State of Millennial Judaism

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Valerie Brown

This reflection piece was written by Valerie Brown, a participant of Power, Privilege and Responsibility: A Pardes Winter Learning Intensive I’ve heard a lot that we should be panicked about the state of Jews in their 20s and 30s. We aren’t engaged in Jewish life the way we should be: We aren’t joining synagogues! We’re marrying Continue Reading »