These and Those

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

Tag Archives: life in Israel

[Alumni Guest Post] Pre-Israeli Elections Part II

Posted on January 19, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Daniel Shibley (Fellows ’12) takes more photos of election signs in Israel: Jerusalem Theater parodies campaign posters Shas sticker on a mailbox.

[Alumni Guest Post] Run-up To Israeli Elections

Posted on January 15, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

From Daniel Shibley’s (Fellows ’11-’12) blog: Campaign banner for Likud Beiteinu With elections only a week away, I am trying to take photos of campaign related activities that I am encountering on a day-to-day basis. Above and below are the beginnings of this week-long project. If you have photos to share, please do so in Continue Reading »

Sderot, USA

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Derek Kwait

On the Sunday of Chanukah, I went with the Social Justice class to Sderot. You really can’t appreciate what it’s like there until you experience it for yourself. For those who have only heard of Gaza, Sderot is a small working-class city in southern Israel in view of Gaza made up of mostly immigrants. For Continue Reading »

Video: Snowy Adventures in Jerusalem 2013

Posted on January 13, 2013 by Kayla Higgins

Hey folks! Wanted to share a video my girlfriend Ash made of our snowy adventures this past Thursday night. Enjoy 🙂

[Alumni Guest Post] Daniel Shibley: My Voter Card

Posted on January 6, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Here in Israel, we’re gearing up for the Jan. 22nd elections, and some of us who have made Aliyah will be voting here for the first time ever! From alum Daniel Shibley’s blog: In a little more than two weeks I will be voting for the first time in Israeli elections. Before you ask, nope, I Continue Reading »

Not a Hypothetical Situation

Posted on December 14, 2012 by David Bogomolny

We spent last Shabbat with a friend and his partner. He is a Jewish convert who is currently not halakhically observant, but his Jewish identity is very important to him, and his attitude towards Jewish tradition and halakha is very respectful. His partner is a woman whose father is halakhically Jewish, but she is not halakhically Jewish herself. Therefore, she must go through Continue Reading »

Newton’s Third Law and the Jewish Question

Posted on December 9, 2012 by Derek Kwait

Maybe it’s because I grew up feeling like one, or maybe it’s just some genetic Jewish thing, but for whatever reason, I’ve always sympathized with the outsider. When I went on the Tale of Three Cities tiyyul the two weeks ago, I didn’t know what to expect, except that we were going to meet three Continue Reading »

Struggle is a Shared Value

Posted on December 4, 2012 by Kayla Higgins

(Cross-posted from Interfaith Youth Core) I had just taken my first bite of lunch when I suddenly saw everyone around me stand up and head for the front door. I hadn’t even heard the siren. I put my sandwich down and joined my fellow classmates filing into the bomb shelter, where we gathered for ten Continue Reading »


Posted on December 2, 2012 by Falynn Schmidt

Originally posted on my blog: Years ago I heard comedian Yisrael Campbell give his shpiel about converting to Judaism. It is hilariously funny in the way that can only come from truths. In one part, the rabbis ask him, “Do you put your lot in with the Jewish people.” “Sure,” he shrugs, realizing that is Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Getting Used to Hard Floors as Israelis

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

Hilarious Alumni Blog Post! Stef Jadd Susnow (Year Program ’06-’07, PEP ’07-’09) and Matt Susnow (Year Program ’06-’07) Write about the floors in Israel… This is so true! 😀 For those who haven’t lived in Israel I will first explain Israeli “floor culture.” Nearly all flooring in Israel is tile. Hardwood floors are few are Continue Reading »