These and Those

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

Tag Archives: volunteering

Yom Iyun shel Chesed

Posted on February 29, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Today is the annual Pardes Yom Iyum shel Chesed – the Day of Kindness in commemoration of Benjamin Blutstein and Marla Bennett. In a few minutes, the entire Pardes community is going out to do service throughout Israel in honor of these two amazing individuals whose lives were cut so short.

Bring-your-Mom-to-Pardes Day

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Mira

The shift from first semester to second semester started during our week off when half of Pardes went on a tiyul to the Arava desert. I’m not a hiking fan, but I love the desert in Israel and have always felt connected to it. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to reflect on my Continue Reading »

[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] 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 »

Week 18: True Piety

Posted on January 8, 2012 by Derek Kwait

After getting over Hevron, the subject on everyone’s minds and lips all last week was the craziness in Beit Shemesh. I was going to write this blog post with a lot of complaints about how more people aren’t speaking out against this behavior, but since I could have attended the protest and did not, perhaps Continue Reading »

Standing Together

Posted on December 31, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Over Hanukkah break from Pardes, I had the opportunity to help deliver some much needed winter thermal shirts and gloves to soldiers in the south on the border of Sinai. I went with an organization called Standing Together (http://www.stogether.org/) which buys and delivers items to soldiers in the IDF that the government can’t afford.  They Continue Reading »

Why Limmud is Amazing by Rose Prevezer

Posted on December 18, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

Some members of the Pardes community are unfamiliar with Limmud International, but several students and many alumni are intimately involved with this rapidly expanding Jewish initiative. Among them is Rose Prevezer of the UK – home of the original Limmud. While her family belonged to a Modern Orthodox shul in London (United Synagogue), Rose became Continue Reading »

Faces of Pardes: Meet Karen Feuer

Posted on December 11, 2011 by Suzi

By Suzi Brozman You’ve seen her face, always smiling and earnest.  You may have noticed her occasional parrot-hued head coverings.  But I’ll bet you don’t know that the parrot motif is part of the clown persona she uses in an off-duty activity—Karen is a medical clown (more about that later!)  She’s officially the Assistant to Continue Reading »

French instead of English

Posted on December 7, 2011 by Aliza B.

When you watch the news and learn that something terrible has happened, it is easy to gauge the disaster by how many people were killed.  You can classify it even more by which people were affected.  Were they children or elderly?  Poor or rich?  Humanitarians or average joes?  In the back of your mind lurks Continue Reading »

Faces of Jerusalem

Posted on November 18, 2011 by Leah Stern

Hello fellow Pardesians and world, I am thrilled to be starting my first blog post on these and those. I am so excited to be sharing my thoughts with you!! I have decided that each week, I am going to talk about a different person or people that live in Jerusalem and how they make Continue Reading »