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joint educators program with pardes

Maharat has partnered with Pardes to provide semikha candidates with an interest in day school or experiential education the opportunity to receive specialized training in these areas leading to a masters degree along with their ordination.


The Pardes-Maharat Joint Program trains outstanding clergy who are invested in teaching and leadership.

  • The Pardes-Maharat Day School Educators Program (PEP) Program

  • The Pardes-Maharat Experiential Educators Program (PEEP) Program



The Pardes Day School Educators Program includes core components of the Pardes Year Program, plus holistic education courses preparing teachers for the 21st-century Jewish studies classroom; customized Hebrew language ulpan with Ulpan Or; student teaching at Jewish day schools for one month each year in North America; seminars on Jewish history, spirituality, conflict resolution, Jewish thought and Israel education; one-on-one mentoring with expert teaching coaches; career coaching, job placement assistance and alumni support.


The Pardes Experiential Educators Program is a One-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies that includes core components of the Pardes Year Program plus experiential education seminar; educators’ seminars on Jewish history, spirituality, conflict resolution, Jewish thought and Israel Education. Participants will also engage in an independent project.


The Maharat semikha program includes advanced study of Halakha, Talmud, Pastoral Counseling, Leadership and a range of advanced professional training classes and experiences, preparing students to enter Jewish communal leadership as clergy of synagogues, schools, campuses, camps, communal institutions and health care facilities.


Prerequisites: BA with above-average GPA, advanced experience with Jewish text study and Hebrew language, some experience in teaching or experiential education


Graduates of PEP+Maharat earn a Master of Jewish Education and a Certificate in Jewish Day School Education from Hebrew College, a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Semikha from Maharat. Graduates of the PEEP joint program earn a Certificate in Jewish Studies from Pardes and Semikha from Maharat. Participants may also earn a Master of Arts in Jewish Education through the Davidson School of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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