Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies - Recommendation Form


The above applicant is a candidate for study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

The Pardes Year Program in Jerusalem immerses our students in the study of classical Jewish texts. Students of diverse backgrounds learn together in a rigorous, challenging and open-minded environment. This learning experience nurtures a deep and personal connection to our Jewish heritage, a love for the Jewish people and Israel and the knowledge to become leaders in the Jewish community. Founded in 1972, Pardes is an independent institution not affiliated with any religious or political movement.

Pardes students spend at least half their time in the beit midrash (study hall) engaged in hevruta partner independent learning, our classes are seminar-style and our community is intimate. Therefore, we seek candidates with academic self-motivation, work ethic and strong interpersonal skills.

Thank you for serving as a reference.

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Please rate the applicant in the following areas. 

Check "Cannot assess" if you have not had direct contact with the applicant in any category. If necessary, please explain these ratings as part of your discussion in the questions below.

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Please give a brief, frank appraisal of the applicant’s intellect, motivation, character and personality. 

 If you feel qualified to so, please discuss the following as well: 

  • A: The applicant’s ability to work with others in pairs, small groups and community
  • B: The applicant’s commitment to Jewish tradition and peoplehood
  • C: Areas in which this candidate needs to work on improvement or change
Please note that a description of strengths and weaknesses will be more helpful than a uniformly positive statement.


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