Pardes Beit Midrash B’Darom
The 2nd Annual Pardes and Ramah Darom Immersive Learning Retreat
President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 15-18, 2019
Join the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies at Ramah Darom for an unforgettable 4 days of inspiring learning, community building and innovative programming.
This retreat welcomes Pardes and Ramah alumni & friends, Jewish Professionals, Day School Educators, newcomers and their families.
- Be inspired by beloved Pardes faculty from the U.S. and Israel
- Enjoy classes and participate in lively havruta (paired learning)
- Experience transformative programming in a beautiful environment
- Connect with friends, new and old
This Year’s Topic
Building Civil Dialogue in a Fragmented World: Arguments for the Sake of Heaven
Many of us experience our civil relationships as in crisis: the seemingly impassible American political divide, the growing disconnect between diaspora and Israeli Jews, and the ironic loneliness of a hyperconnected social media world. The Jewish tradition of makhloket leshem shamayim, arguments for the sake of heaven, gives us a tool for healing as well as a lens through which to understand more deeply the many issues dividing us today.
New This Year: A special Jewish Professionals track which will include tailored workshops and hands-on training!
Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide.
Students encounter and grapple with classic texts and traditions of Judaism, while exploring their relevance to today’s most pressing issues.
Pardes empowers students with the knowledge and tools to take ownership of their Jewish experience.
Diversity is at the core of Pardes and students represent a broad spectrum of the Jewish world. The result is a vibrant community constantly engaged in honest, dynamic and constructive debate leading to serious personal reflection and growth.
Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield teaches Talmud, Halakha and Jewish Thought at Pardes. In addition, Zvi is a faculty member of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and has been training and mentoring Jewish Educators for over ten years in Tefilah in educational settings, critical issues in modern Jewish thought, and Israel education.
Zvi holds a B.A. in History from Columbia University and did graduate work at Harvard University in Medieval and Modern Jewish Thought. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel and has rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He was the director of Judaica at the JCC of Cleveland and an instructor at the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies for many years. He also serves as a curriculum writer and is involved in staff training for the Nesiya Institute. His wife, Dina, is a faculty member of the Hebrew University School of Public Health, and they have four children.
Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer- Kossoy teaches Talmud and the Social Justice Track at Pardes. Originally from Washington, D.C., Meesh has a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. Her dissertation explored the courageous manner in which the rabbis of the Talmud created a new criminal punishment system. In 2015, Meesh completed her studies at Beit Midrash Har’el and received ordination from Rabbi Herzl Hefter and Rabbi Daniel Sperber.
Meesh is also a graduate of NATIV, Pardes, Midreshet Lindenbaum, MaTaN, Drisha, and ATID. She has received many fellowships including Lady Davis, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Memorial Foundation and ATID. She has also taught at NYU, Drisha and Midreshet Lindenbaum.
Despite having written her dissertation about criminal punishment in the Talmudic period, Meesh is known by her husband and three children as a lover of mercy and kindness.
Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University.
Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She has taught Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, The Wexner Heritage Program, The Drisha Institute and Young Judaea. Yaffa has lectured at Limmud Events around the world, has written curriculum for the Global Day of Jewish Learning and has created innovative educational programming for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.
Jewish Professionals Track:
Jewish Educators and Engagement professionals who are currently working in the Jewish community are eligible for a 15% discount. There are a limited number of discounts so apply now!
Cabins are spacious and nestled throughout the campus. Each cabin offers a dorm-style bunking area and private twin rooms with shared stalls, showers, and sinks. Individuals will be placed in a gendered cabin. Linens are provided but beds are not made up. *Private room within the cabin is available on a first come basis
All hotel rooms have a private bathroom, table, and chairs, heating and air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, and bed and bath linens. These hotels are located up a steep hill with stairs, boardwalk and walking paths to the main areas of the campus. Standard rooms have two queen beds. Some connecting rooms are available.
Deluxe hotel rooms are larger rooms with either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed, a deluxe tub and a mini-fridge. The deluxe rooms in the Welcome Center are an easy, flat walk to the Levine Center where meals are served and most of the action takes place. Some connecting rooms are available.
All cottages are brand new with a kitchenette, private patio, bathroom with walk-in shower, king-sized bed and sleeper sofa. These beautiful cottages are located on our new boardwalk with both stair and ramp access to the main areas of the campus. There is a minimum of two people per cottage.
Full Stay Prices
|Housing||Adults||Kids 3-17||Kids NB-2|
|Cabin: Group or Multi-Family||$275/per person||$150||FREE|
|Cabin: Single Family||$299/per person||$150||FREE|
|Cabin: Single Family Deluxe||$360/per person||$150||FREE|
|Standard Hotel: Single Occupancy||$540/per person||$150||FREE|
|Standard Hotel: Double Occupancy||$399/per person||$150||FREE|
|Deluxe Hotel: Single Occupancy||$650/per person||$150||FREE|
|Deluxe Hotel: Double Occupancy||$540/per person||$150||FREE|
|Cottage: Double Occupancy or more||$600/per person||$150||FREE|
One Night Only Prices
|Housing||Adults||Kids 3-17||Kids NB-2|
|Cabin: Based on Availability||$180/per person||$75||FREE|
|Standard Hotel: Single Occupancy||$250/per person||$75||FREE|
|Standard Hotel: Double Occupancy||$225/per person||$75||FREE|
|Deluxe Hotel: Single Occupancy||$300/per person||$75||FREE|
|Deluxe Hotel: Double Occupancy||$275/per person||$75||FREE|
Retreat Starts: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019
Retreat Ends: Mon., Feb 18, 2019
Emily Kaiman, Retreat Center Program Coordinator
Phone: (404) 531-0801 Ext. 9221
70 Darom Lane
Clayton, GA 30525 United States
Phone: (706) 782-9300