These and Those

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

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Zeus’ Uludag

Posted on February 2, 2014 by Tobias Moss

I had done my share of Mt. Uludag research. Greek mythology had deemed it as one of several mountains named ‘Mt. Olympus.’ Specifically, it was from Uludag that Zeus had the privilege to watch one of the world’s great battles, Troy. In modern times, Zeus’ domain had been reappropriated as a modern expensive ski resort.  Continue Reading »

The Country where Christmas Wasn’t

Posted on December 27, 2013 by Naomi Bilmes

From my blog: On Tuesday night, I went to Bethlehem. Growing up in America, all I saw of Christmas were signs reading “Buy One get One FREE” and “Sale: 70% mark down! 5-7am only!!” All I saw was consumerism and a huge traffic jam outside of the church. But this year I’m in the Middle Continue Reading »

On the road again – Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: With Chanukkah break quickly approaching, I searched for the perfect thing to do. Combine a limited budget with a week to fill and I arrived at hiking in the North – the Yam L’Yam trail to be more specific. In Hebrew, yam means sea and, thus, the hike goes from the Mediterranean Sea to Continue Reading »

Lollipops and Gumdrops

Posted on September 1, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog last week: A little over a year ago, on August 9, 2012, I went to a conference called the Hillel Institute in St. Louis. It was my first introduction to the many, many Masa Programs that I would spend the next year convincing people to participate in. The conference had many different participants including: Continue Reading »

Going Back East

Posted on August 24, 2013 by Naomi Bilmes

From my blog: It was only 31 hours without sleep. Not so bad, really. It began at 6:35 am on Tuesday, with a train ride from Hartford to Newark. It continued with three hours of waiting at Newark Liberty airport, most of which occurred in an oddly deserted section of the terminal. ELAL flight 028 Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Dear Pardes Year ’13

Posted on May 26, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Dear Pardes Year ’13, It’s been nearly 4 months since I’ve seen you all. Now most of you are getting ready to return to North America. Here are a few things I’ve experienced since I’ve been back. I hope this helps prepare you! Size Matters Everything is a lot bigger in America. This includes the Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] To my amazing friends

Posted on May 9, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Shira Abramowitz (Fall 2012) sent us this postcard from Cape Town, South Africa! To my amazing friends over in Talpiyot, Chag Sameach! (Although I understand it may not still be Pesach once this reaches you!) Just want to send some love & gratitude to your incredible community – I think about you all so much Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Hannah Grossman

Posted on March 15, 2013 by Derek Kwait

Hannah Grossman is an explorer. Her Jewish journey has taken her from the farthest ends of the earth to the deepest corners of her psyche. Yet the further she has traveled from her native New Jersey, the closer she has come to finally finding her Jewish home. Hannah grew up in West Orange, NJ to Continue Reading »

Soul Surviving in Jerusalem

Posted on January 27, 2013 by Naomi Bilmes

From my blog: It appears that I may have two souls. My first soul isn’t sure how it feels about this. Previously, it was always the center of attention, benefiting from activities that are “good for the soul” – like yoga, baking and writing (note that I said soul, not souls). Now, however, it appears that Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Tamar Roth

Posted on January 13, 2013 by David Bogomolny

Tamar (Fall ’12) had only planned to remain at Pardes for the Elul Program, but ended up staying for the entire Fall semester – much to her own surprise! Having grown up in the Golders Green Synagogue community, Tamar became a leader of her local Bnei Akiva youth group, taking on the role of madricha at the age Continue Reading »