These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Israel

[Alumni Guest Post] Serving Up Justice in Jerusalem

Posted on January 30, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

by Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein I had been studying at the Pardes Institute for a few months last year when I heard a presentation by Dyonna Ginsburg, then director of a small amuta called Bema’aglei Tzedek . She described the situation of the working poor, and particularly contract workers in Israel, the gap between the Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Carolina Rios Mandel

Posted on January 29, 2012 by David Bogomolny

“What influenced me the most was how my parents acted toward others. Both of them were my role models. Both were black sheep… I like black sheep :)” After escaping from Hungary during the Holocaust, Carolina’s grandparents didn’t affiliate themselves with the Jewish community of Venezuela, and raised their children without much Jewish tradition… so it came as Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Shaul Janes

Posted on January 8, 2012 by David Bogomolny

Shaul Janes grew up in Elizabeth, NJ around the corner from a synagogue that his family did not attend. They were culturally Jewish, but their lives were nearly void of Judaism.  As a young man, Shaul fell in love with cooking – he would think about cooking all the time – it became his creative outlet – it was all he wanted to Continue Reading »

Hamsas

Posted on December 25, 2011 by Cheryl Stone

Street Scene: Pardes Edition – Naomi Zaslow

Posted on December 19, 2011 by Nikki Fig

By Nikki Fig  She’s fun, she’s spunky, and her upbeat attitude can turn any frown upside down. Meet Naomi Zaslow, a 25-year old University of Michigan grad who spent the past 2 years teaching English in South Korea. I sat down to get this well-travelled scholar’s take on fashion and understand how her personal taste Continue Reading »

Inspired

Posted on November 23, 2011 by Lauren Schuchart

“Sleep less, do more…and have the courage to fail.” -Rabbi Levi Lauer Every Tuesday at Pardes, we have a school-wide learning session, where a faculty member or guest lecturer speaks about a “critical issue” facing the community. Last week, we heard from Rabbi Levi Lauer, a past dean of Pardes and the current executive director and Continue Reading »

A Week of Fullness, Friends and Fun

Posted on October 30, 2011 by Eliyahu B.

Cross-posted from the Peaceable Pilgrim: Shalom friends! It is the beginning of a new week here in Jerusalem, and the past one was filled with SO MUCH AWESOMENESS that I just have to share with you. Classes started up again full-swing on Sunday, and even though I was somewhat dreading getting back to a normal Continue Reading »

Political Lenses

Posted on October 26, 2011 by Barer

It has been a week since Gilad Shalit was released back to Israel as part of the prisoner swap Israel made with Hamas, freeing 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the soldier who had been in captivity for over five years.  Trying to collate the different sources and viewpoints on this momentous event in modern Continue Reading »

Uniforms

Posted on October 24, 2011 by Shibley

I would venture a guess that the majority of jobs throughout the world have some sort of uniform. Whether said uniform is mandated by the employer, it is simply practical, or it becomes a matter of identity, the fact is that such a uniform exists in most cases. Israel is no different in this regard; Continue Reading »

Sukkot D’var Torah

Posted on October 22, 2011 by Derek Kwait

Originally posted on Yinzer in Yerushalayim for Sukkot (6 days ago): My Mishna teacher had our class over for a party in the sukkah last night. I gave the d’var and thought I would share a slightly modified version of it with you: I remember last year, a member of my synagogue remarked that whereas the Continue Reading »