Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

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Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Founded 1972
  • Jerusalem, Israel
Key people
Rabbi Daniel Landes

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is an institute of Jewish learning founded in 1972. It is open to post-college men and women and is located in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood.[1]


Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide.

Students encounter and grapple with classic texts and traditions of Judaism, while exploring their relevance to today’s most pressing issues.

Pardes empowers students with the knowledge and tools to take ownership of their Jewish experience.

Diversity is at the core of Pardes and students represent a broad spectrum of the Jewish world. The result is a vibrant community constantly engaged in honest, dynamic and constructive debate leading to serious personal reflection and growth.

Our renowned faculty members affiliate with a range of communities. While the vast majority live their lives in accordance with halakha (Jewish law), they differ from one another in their philosophical, spiritual and practical approaches to Judaism.

Through relationships with faculty, the community and Jewish texts, students leave Pardes with refined critical thinking, improved communication and interpersonal skills and more nuanced and sensitive perspectives.

The Pardes model has inspired four decades of Jewish leadership marked by openness, passion, Jewish literacy, knowledge and inclusivity, and continues to inspire new possibilities for Jewish communities worldwide.

Pardes’s mission is to: Provide a co-educational, open, inclusive, diverse and intellectually challenging environment in Jerusalem which engages all Jews in the study of the classic texts and ideas of their heritage. Offer its students an intense experience of Jewish life and tradition. Cultivate in its students a life-long love of Jewish learning, the Jewish people and Israel, inspiring them to engage in Jewish life, as communal leaders, educators, and spiritual leaders.[2]


Michael Rosenzweig is the President & CEO,[3] Rabbi Daniel Landes is the Director,[4] and David I. Bernstein is the Dean.[5] Many faculty members contribute to the weekly podcasts.[6]


Pardes programs include:

  • The Pardes Year Program[7]
  • The Pardes 3-week Summer Program[8]
  • The Pardes Community Education Program[9]
  • The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators[10]
  • The Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution[11]
  • The Pardes Executive Learning Seminar[12]
  • The Pardes Kollel[13]
  • Other Pardes Programs[14]


Pardes partners include:

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