(JERUSALEM, Israel & NEWTON CENTRE, MA– January 23, 2019) The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies ( and Hebrew College ( announced a new joint program to train outstanding students as combined rabbi-day school educators.

Set to launch fall 2019, a new track of the Pardes Day School Educators Program (PEP) will host talented students in a vibrant and innovative six-year program. The program will include a two-year teacher training program in Jerusalem with a Master in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, followed by four years in Hebrew College Rabbinical School.

“Pardes is thrilled to expand its longstanding partnership with Hebrew College to include rabbinical students,” said Aviva Golbert, Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. “Following rabbinical seminaries of other denominations that collaborate with Pardes, Pardes’ new joint program with the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College is an incredible opportunity for passionate, invested individuals to become exceptional rabbinic educators.”

“We are very excited about our partnership with Pardes,” shared Rabbi Dan Judson, Dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. “We believe that the institutions share much in common, including a deep commitment to text learning alongside a pluralistic outlook. Having students learning in the Pardes Day School Educators Program will be an ideal springboard into rabbinical school, and we believe the combination of institutions will produce rabbis who have a profound impact on the American Jewish landscape.”

Rabbi Michael Shire, Dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College ( adds, “I am delighted that a new cadre of rabbinic leaders will emerge from this innovative Pardes Institute and Hebrew College collaboration with a focus on educational leadership, a deep immersion in Jewish text and an expertise in Jewish day school pedagogy and practice. This will raise the bar for teaching in North American Jewish day schools and encourage more talented and inspiring educators to apply for the highly successful Pardes Day School Educators Program in conjunction with the Shoolman Graduate School.”

At Pardes, students will participate in core components of the Pardes Year Program, in addition to holistic education courses preparing them to become 21st-century Jewish educators. Students will also experience seminars on Jewish history, spirituality, conflict resolution, Jewish thought and Israel education; mentoring; career coaching, job placement assistance and alumni support.

The PEP+Hebrew College Rabbinical School joint program is the newest addition to the many existing partnerships that Pardes has with educational institutions, such as Hebrew College’s Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, the William Davidson School at JTS, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and Yeshivat Maharat. Pardes continues to cultivate partnerships with rabbinical seminaries of all denominations.

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The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators-a branch of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies ( in Jerusalem, trains and empowers Jewish studies teachers and experiential Jewish educators and leaders to serve as knowledgeable, skilled, reflective and passionate professionals in diverse Jewish settings.

Founded in 1921, Hebrew College ( promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement and spiritual creativity. Its programs include a Rabbinical School, a School of Jewish Music, a School of Jewish Education, and graduate degrees and courses in Jewish studies; community education for adult learners; and a supplemental Hebrew high school and middle school.



Aviva Golbert
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Office: + 972-2-673-5210


Rabbi Daniel Klein
Associate Dean of Admissions & Student Life
Rabbincal School of Hebrew College
Office: 617-559-8637