Pardes study program set for Palo Alto

The Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, a Jewish study center in Palo Alto, has joined forces with the Jerusalem-based Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies to offer a two-week intensive Torah study program in June.

 It marks the first time Pardes has launched this sort of intensive study program in Northern California.

Some of the faculty will come from Pardes in Jerusalem, such as master teachers Rabbi David Levin-Kruss and Rabbi Michael Hattin. Other instructors will be local educators and scholars.

Kevah, an innovative Bay Area Jewish learning community, is a third partner in the program, which will accept a maximum of 30 participants.

The program will offer a breadth of text study in Bible, Midrash, Talmud and more.

A Jerusalem institution, Pardes is a center of Jewish learning that is open to post-college men and women from all parts of the observance spectrum. It was founded in 1972. The classes in Palo Alto are open to those 19 and older.

“Pardes has such a rich sense of pluralistic community,” said one of the instructors, Rabbi David Booth of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto. “The hope is to gradually expand, and maybe offer a program over winter, or maybe a month-long summer session.”

The classes will be from June 15 to 27  at Kol Emeth, and tuition ranges from $360 to $530. Discounts are available. For more information, visit, or contact Shani Gross at or (650) 948-7498.