These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (PCJE)

[Student Profile] Rabbi Julie K. Gordon

Posted on January 19, 2011 by David Bogomolny

This mother of two enjoys cooking unusual cuisines, going to the movies, reading David Grossman novels, people watching, and listening to others. She’s also a rabbi with 26 years of professional Jewish communal experience, and she’s a student in the Pardes Educators Program. “At Pardes I’ve found a group of people who ask Jewish questions, and Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Ronit Rapoport

Posted on January 18, 2011 by David Bogomolny

Ronit Rapoport (Fall ’10) first found herself at Pardes when she was sixteen years old; she was living in Jerusalem while her parents were studying in the Pardes Summer Program (Summer ’06). Two years later, Ronit returned to Pardes while visiting her sister Sophie who was studying in the Pardes Educators Program (Educators ’09). In 2008 she began college at Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Salvation

Posted on January 17, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, I hope you are all well, wherever you are and whatever crazy winter weather you are experiencing! It’s hard to believe that the fall semester at Pardes ended last week. I have learned SO much in these last few months and look forward to soaking up as much Torah as possible, further exploring Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] “Root Down and Rise Up”

Posted on January 9, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, As I sit to write a dvar Torah this week, I find myself overwhelmed with ideas to share. Thank God, I had the privilege of preparing and learning a lot of Torah from my peers this past week, as we (in the Pardes Educators Program) planned a day of text-study and hands-on learning Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Sam Blumberg

Posted on January 2, 2011 by David Bogomolny

Sam had so much to share with his parents last summer, and it was his father’s first time in Israel! He felt steeped in Israeli culture; and his thinking about Jewish and Israel education had evolved after his Mechina (preparatory) year for the Pardes Educators Program (PEP). He wanted to share not only the religious and historical aspects of Israel, Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Parshat Va’era

Posted on January 2, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, Much of the Book of Exodus, including last week’s Parshat Va’era, is about linking the beginnings of the world, and particularly the history of one family (i.e. Abraham and Sarah’s), their struggles and triumphs, to the development and history of a specific nation, soon to be known as Bnei Yisrael–the Jewish People. I Continue Reading »

map of the Beit Midrash

Posted on January 1, 2011 by Daniel Weinreb

Here’s a map of the Beit Midrash and a few thoughts to go with it. (pdf map)  By November, the Beit Midrash was getting a little messy – books of the Rif, Gra, and Rambam lying on tables next to BDBs, Franks and Jastrows. Books off of shelves is a good sign, a sign that Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Parshat Shmot

Posted on December 26, 2010 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, It’s hard to believe how the winter months are passing and in particular, that the ‘holiday season’ is upon us. In Israel, you don’t really feel that it’s almost Christmas — there are no colourfully decorated trees in front yards, no “Jingle Bells” playing in the mall. Being in a dominantly Jewish society Continue Reading »

[Take 5] Cheryl Stone on Transformations

Posted on December 19, 2010 by The Director of Digital Media

[PEP Student] Peaceful Slumber

Posted on December 19, 2010 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, Last week I was reading through the parsha and was struck by very familiar words, namely those of Jacob when he blesses Joseph’s sons, Efraim and Menashe. Sensing his death is near, Jacob beckons his grandsons to receive his blessing. יד  וַיִּשְׁלַח יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת-יְמִינוֹ וַיָּשֶׁת עַל-רֹאשׁ אֶפְרַיִם, וְהוּא הַצָּעִיר, וְאֶת-שְׂמֹאלוֹ, עַל-רֹאשׁ מְנַשֶּׁה:  שִׂכֵּל, Continue Reading »