Pardes, Hillel and JTS Launch Joint Masters Program in Education

The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators, Hillel International and The Davidson School of The Jewish Theological Seminary will launch a joint MA program in Experiential Jewish Education.

Set to begin this fall, the three-year program, designed specifically for Hillel professionals, will begin with two years at Pardes in the Pardes Experiential Educators Program, in conjunction with online graduate study, and a third year back on campus. Students will receive an MA in Jewish Education from The Davidson School and will be placed as Senior Jewish Educators at Hillels’ in North America upon graduation.

The new program at Pardes will teach Hillel professionals experiential education skills in order to excel as experiential educators and professionals on campus. The program will synthesize what they learn in their text, ulpan, and community experiences with their professional skills in order to become capable, knowledgeable, and inspiring master Jewish educators.

Hillel International’s research has shown that Senior Jewish Educators are critical in engaging students and have the greatest impact on students’ Jewish growth. On average, educators connect more than 200 students per year to Jewish life, many of whom would not be engaged without their presence. The effect of an educator is much greater on a student with little or no prior involvement with Hillel or those with less structured Jewish backgrounds.

To request an application and apply, please contact Aviva Golbert at: