These and Those

Blogs posts and reflections from students and alumni
studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem
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Stories of Courage and Resilience – Chazak ve’ Ematz

Posted on December 13, 2020 by Alan Imar

Written by Alan Imar, ’20-’21 year student. Alan is a junior in the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, majoring in History and Talmud & Rabbinics. This year, he is serving on the Hillel International Student Cabinet. During the summer, Alan calls Camp Ramah in Wisconsin home. He was recently chosen Continue Reading »

Take 5 with Hannah Greenberg

Posted on December 2, 2020 by Hannah Greenberg

This Take 5 was delivered on November 26, 2020, by Pardes Center for Jewish Educators student Hannah Greenberg (Cohort 21). Additionally, she delivered a longer shiur and siyum with Sefaria on Tractate Eruvin. You can watch it here: Sefaria Siyum. To read from Hannah’s source sheet please click here.

For I know G-d – A Poem for the High Holy Days

Posted on September 24, 2020 by Hannah Greenberg

This poem was written by 2020-21 year student Hannah Greenberg, as a reflection piece for Yom Kippur based on the Teshuva reflection session give by Dr. David Bernstein to students before the holiday break. “For I know that You are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in kindness, renouncing punishment. ֽה׃” ִכּ֣י Continue Reading »

Women’s Role in Judaism: A Different Perspective On the Occasion of My Husband’s Yahrzeit

Posted on September 21, 2020 by Carole Daman

This blog piece was written by Carole Daman (Year ’73-’74, Spirituality Retreat ’13, ’14, ’15, ’17, ’18,  WLS ’08, ’09,  ELS ’12, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16 ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20). Each year a Day of Learning is dedicated in memory of her late husband, Harlan Daman (Tzvi Hirsh ben Dovid Aryeh) z”l. The following is Continue Reading »

Personal Reflections: Who Am I? The Complexity of Identity in the 21st Century

Posted on July 15, 2020 by Beryl Levinger

This was written by Beryl Levinger who studied at Pardes in the summer of 2008 before joining this summer’s PLS. I love that Judaism is a religion of doing. In practical terms, this means that Jewish learning should help us to grow both spiritually and behaviorally. Unpacking the multiple meanings of a text in beit Continue Reading »

An Amazing Opportunity to say ‘Hineni’

Posted on July 15, 2020 by Michael Conway

This was written by Michael Conway, a participant in the 2020 Summer online Pardes Learning Seminar. Michael lives in Miami Beach, FL. In the fragmented, post-modern world in which most of us live – busily bouncing between responsibilities of jobs and families – Pardes Learning Seminars (PLS) provide a refreshing and renewed connection between ourselves, Continue Reading »

Mindfulness as a Conflict Resolution Resource – creating openness for hearing, and offering, conflicting opinions

Posted on July 8, 2020 by Rebecca Schisler

This article was written by Rebecca Schisler (Spiritual Retreat ’11, ’14, Year ’19-’20/Arts and Culture Fellow ’20). “In the middle of it all, I asked him if we could just take a ten-minute break”.  Over the last several months, I have had the privilege of working with PCJE on a new initiative to integrate mindfulness Continue Reading »

Pardes 1985-1986 holds Zoom reunion

Posted on July 6, 2020 by Brian and Jody Blum

This reflection was written by Brian and Jody Blum. (Photo credit: Debbie Zimelman) Brian Blum is a technology and business journalist. His book TOTALED: The Billion-Dollar Crash of the Startup that Took on Big Auto, Big Oil and the World, is available on Amazon and other online booksellers. brianblum.com Jody Blum, M.S.W. is a geriatric Continue Reading »

Creating Community Through Zoom

Posted on June 15, 2020 by Debra Weiner-Solomont

This post was written by Debra Weiner-Solomont, MSW, Coordinator, Pardes Community Education Program. To learn more about the program please visit https://www.pardes.org.il/ce The last portion of the Torah – זאת הברכה has the verse which we recite each morning, as part of the morning brachot. It is also the first verse we teach our children Continue Reading »