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

Tag Archives: Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (PCJE)

My dvar Torah from the Shabbaton

Posted on September 15, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

Since we’re in the season of teshuva, I wanted to share some a very wise and inspiring Rabbi (Michael Hattin) once wrote, “teshuva is…a gradual awakening of the mind and soul to God’s call, a measured but steady process of self-evaluation and reflection, a plodding and sometimes faltering series of steps that includes dead ends, Continue Reading »

American Football in Israel

Posted on September 15, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

I’m sure there are many Americans who don’t want to come to Pardes to study because they don’t want to miss the football season. Well, no worries, there is football in Israel. http://vimeo.com/49323951 Israeli Football League from Grace Barcenas on Vimeo. I referee for this league. You can see me at one minute and 45 Continue Reading »

PEP Tiyul

Posted on September 13, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Yesterday, students of the Pardes Educators Program ventured out for the afternoon to Ein Sataf in Western Jerusalem with Jewish Eco Seminar‘s Yonatan Neril. Learning about the lay of the land, climbing in a cave through which a stream flows, seeing an old-growth forest of thousand-year oak trees, and studying classical texts on the importance Continue Reading »

A poem from before

Posted on September 12, 2012 by Annie Matan Gilbert

I am a returning student this year.  I was in the Year Program in 2009-2010.  My goal that year was to attain the skills I needed to be accepted into rabbinical school.  It was an incredible, eye and heart-opening year that changed my life.  When I returned to Toronto, I found my besherte and indeed Continue Reading »

Symbolism: Reflections on my Pardes Poland Trip

Posted on September 8, 2012 by Leah Kahn

In looking back at our Poland Heritage Trip in January, it’s quite difficult to fathom just how much we witnessed in 5 short days. We began with the colorful tapestry of Jewish life that existed in Warsaw and Lublin, which was hardly a foreshadowing of what was to come. We tapped into the spirituality of Continue Reading »

My first story in Hebrew!

Posted on August 17, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

היום משו מצחיק קרה.  באוטובוס בבוקר קארה ואני פגשנו את האיש מהשמים. מיד אהבתי אותו כשראיתי קוים בידו מתפילין. כשגמרתי קפה שלי, הוא לקח את הכוס ושם באשפה בשבילי!!! איזה גבר! אין לו סיבה, רק בגלל שהוא נחמד. מאוחר יותר, אחרי שסיימנו את הטיול בשוק מחנה יהודה, עמדנו על יד השוק העראקי. יש שם הרבה Continue Reading »

[PJCE: Pardes Center for Jewish Educators] Summer Summary

Posted on July 30, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

(From “You’ve given me the most beautiful set of wings.”) This is very rare that I have such a long absence from blogging, but thus is life, and it happens. Since my classes ended at Pardes, I was working for NFTY.  http://www.nftyisrael.org/ It’s reform Judaism’s summer trip to Israel. This was my third summer working Continue Reading »

PEP Cohort 11 Graduation Divrei Torah

Posted on June 15, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Some of our recent PEP graduates posted their graduation speeches (divrei Torah) here on Th&Th… in no particular order: Joanne Loiben, Esther DuBow, Sam Blumberg, R. Julie Gordon, Jessie Gindea, Cheryl Stone, & Daniel Weinreb. Also, here is the video of Cohort 11’s graduation:

My davar from PEP graduation

Posted on June 15, 2012 by Daniel Weinreb

By Daniel Weinreb, PEP ’12 “It’s so appropriate that we are in this week’s parsha…” Really?  I’m skeptical.  In fact, when I hear that phrase in a d’var Torah I fluff up the shoulder next to me and hit the snooze button.  Why?  Because I anticipate I am about to get a contrived connection between Continue Reading »

PEP Cohort 11 Graduation speech

Posted on June 14, 2012 by Cheryl Stone

By Cheryl Stone, PEP ’12 June 4, 2012 When I began contemplating what I would write, I went in search of the perfect ‘teacher quote’ and found this:  אם יהיו כל השמים יריעות וכל האילנות קולמוסין וכל המים דיו, אין כדי לכתוב את חכמתי שלמדתי מרבי:  ולא אצלתי מחכמת חכמים אלא כשם שזבוב הזו הטובלת Continue Reading »