These and Those

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

Modern Israel Seminar Tiyul Reflection

Posted on February 13, 2020 by Amanda Avnery

 This blog post was written by Amanda Avnery (Year program ’20) The generation that drank the routine of exile and subjugation more than any generation before it…the generation that its entire existence is to be a bridge from the destruction and exile to a life of freedom and independence…” (Katznelson, Davar Newspaper, 1934). This quote Continue Reading »

Rediscovering the Kibbutznikit in Me

Posted on February 13, 2020 by Emuna Keswick

This blog post was written by Emuna Keswick, the 2020 Pardes Communications Fellow and Year Program student (’19-’20). When people would ask me what I was doing in Israel, and I would reply that I had was living on a kibbutz up north, spending my days playing with children and cows. Typically, they would then Continue Reading »

Winter Learning Intensive (WLI) Reflection

Posted on February 6, 2020 by Aviva Melissa Frank

The Many Faces of Me: Exploring Identity in a Post Modern World. Students from around the globe gathered at Pardes in January this year to ask big questions about identity, and to see what Jewish texts and stories from our tradition have to offer on this topic. Here is a reflection offered by Pardes student Continue Reading »

Winter Learning Intensive 2020 Reflection

Posted on February 6, 2020 by Evan Gewirtz

The Many Faces of Me: Exploring Identity in a Post Modern World. Students from around the globe gathered at Pardes in January this year to ask big questions about identity, and to see what Jewish texts and stories from our tradition have to offer on this topic. Here is a reflection offered by Evan Gewirtz Continue Reading »

מחיה המתים

Posted on January 23, 2020 by Joe Schiff

This blog post was written by Joe Schiff, a second year PEP student. The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting last academic year took eleven lives. I happened to be at Pardes during the attack last year. Among our cohort were multiple people who knew the synagogue, the area, and the victims intimately. When a person is killed, Continue Reading »

What I learned from the Holocaust

Posted on January 23, 2020 by Golda Gross

This blog post was written by Golda Gross a first semester student (Fall 2019) from France. Our last step in Auschwitz was Block 27: a room containing a non-exhaustive list of people who had set foot in this cursed place during the Holocaust. We flipped through the thousands of pages filled with names, and then Continue Reading »

No time to Think, Poland 2020

Posted on January 20, 2020 by Lara Rodin

This blog post, written by Lara Rodin, a second year PEP student, was originally posted on January 19, 2020 on her personal blog. It has been reposted here with her permission. “They didn’t have time to think,” Dean Bernstein told us about the victims of Treblinka, Majdanek, Auschwitz, and the other death camps and memorial Continue Reading »

My experience in Poland, 2020

Posted on January 20, 2020 by Branden Charles Johnson

This blog post was written by Branden Johnson, a PEP student. Before learning about the Heritage Poland 2020/5780 trip, I had never wanted to go to Poland. I know many people who have been there, and most of them said it was cold, dark, and too sad. After returning from the trip, I can now Continue Reading »

Mincha at Tarnow

Posted on January 16, 2020 by David Bernstein

A 17th c. Shul blown up by the Nazis on November 11, 1939. Pardes students turn it into a place for Jewish prayer again. The roof was built by the Lauder Foundation in the 1990’s.

My Poland Experiences, by Elyssa Hurwitz

Posted on January 16, 2020 by Elyssa Hurwitz

This blog post was written by Elyssa Hurwitz, 2019 PEEP student. Today I am 25 and a half. I know that that may seem insignificant, but it’s important to me. I was born on July 14, 1994, and I can’t remember being the kind of person who has liked being spoiled or the center of Continue Reading »