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Archive: February 2017

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Turkey 2017: The Start of an Adventure

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Anya Morgulis

“Hey, want to go to Turkey?” my friend asked me one day at school. My response was something along the lines of, “I don’t NOT want to go to Turkey…” But, when I found out about this incredible opportunity to travel with Rabbi Levi Cooper to Istanbul and meet and learn from the Jewish community Continue Reading »