is an institute of Jewish learning, focused on primary sources, that is open to post-college men and women. It was founded in 1972 and is located in the neighborhood of Talpiot
Pardes. The dominant programs though do not offer a degree, but are Torah
lishma (learning for the sake of learning). The background level in the Pardes Beth midrash
ranges from elementary Hebrew to Semicha
(orthodox rabbinic ordination). The style of learning is a mix of chevruta (pair) studying and classroom learning.
Pardes also offers summer programs of two and three weeks.
The fundamental principle upon which Pardes operates is the belief that Torah is the inheritance of every Jew, regardless of where s/he falls on the belief or observance spectrum. Pardes, as an institution, posits that all Jews have a right to gain access to that inheritance, without restriction as to the circumstances under which this may be done. It is on this fundamental point that Pardes diverges from... Read More