The Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center at Ramah Darom and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies are joining forces to bring together the best of what both institutions have to offer: dynamic learning platforms, exciting educators, and exceptional experiential programming in a stunning and inspiring environment.

“We are very excited to be working with Eliana Leader, and her team at Ramah Darom, to build a new partnership that will bring excellent Torah, innovative programming, and diverse Jewish community building to the broader public. As Pardes expands its work in North America; it has been exciting to work with Ramah Darom, a partner whose mission is to create programs where Judaism can grow and thrive and where Jews of all backgrounds can come together for positive and inspiring experiences. We’re thrilled to build an exciting Shavuot program together, where we can utilize the strengths of both of our organizations to create rich and deep Jewish learning experiences. – Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Director of Education, North America, Pardes

This partnership is the perfect fit for Ramah Darom, and Pardes as both institutions are working to enhance their offerings of inspiring programming and instill a life-long love of Jewish living and learning to a broader audience. Ramah Darom is establishing partnerships with organizations to bring the best-of-the-best to their 122-acre Clayton campus and offer exceptional programming not found anywhere else in the Southeast. With Pardes expanding their presence in North America and working to create more opportunities for their alumni and communities, this new partnership allows them to offer their community a beautiful backdrop to bring learning to life and to work with a like-minded partner.

“As we grow our portfolio of experiential learning opportunities throughout the year, we wanted to include a program which focuses on exploring the richness of our sacred texts in a relatable and accessible way for an audience of diverse Jewish practice and background. With Pardes’ expertise in exciting, dynamic, inclusive, text-based learning, and Ramah Darom’s extraordinary experiential programming, and quality lodging and hospitality, we will be offering an unparalleled opportunity to bring Torah to life”, says Eliana Leader, Director of the Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center at Ramah Darom.

The first program of this new partnership will be held over Shavuot weekend, May 18-22, 2018, at Ramah Darom’s beautiful 122-acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Participants will enjoy a 5-day, 4-night retreat with renowned Pardes faculty, bringing Torah to life through dynamic havruta (paired) learning with diverse participants, fun and engaging activities for all ages, and delicious kosher food in a relaxing environment.

Ramah Darom is a non-profit organization offering exceptional experiences in Jewish living and learning for youth, adults, families, and communities. Ramah Darom’s beautiful 122-acre campus located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains provides the perfect backdrop for inspiring programs and retreats.

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