For which grades did you attend Pardes? What year did you graduate from Pardes?
I began Pardes in kindergarten and graduated eighth grade in 2010.
We’d love an update on your life after Pardes. Where did you continue your education?
I went to high school at Xavier College Prep and graduated with a History degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR in 2018. After college, I took a few years off of school and worked at a law firm in Portland. Last year I moved back to Phoenix, and now I’m now in my second year of law school at ASU!
What did/do you love about Pardes Jewish Day School?
Pardes is the best of both worlds– not only was I very well prepared for high school academics, but I also grew up in a warm, caring school environment. The friends I made at Pardes are still my best friends and we have so many wonderful memories from elementary and middle school.
What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.
Warmth! At Pardes, each student gets to know their teacher and members of the admin. Many of my teachers were at Pardes for the entirety of my time there, so I was always surrounded by friendly faces. Because it’s such a close community, we all knew each other’s families as well. I felt so comfortable and excited going to school every day.
From your own experiences, why do you believe it was important for you to attend a Jewish day school?
Jewish day school made me confident and proud of my identity. After graduating from Pardes, I went to a Catholic high school. It was a bit of a difficult transition, and I met many people who had no idea what it meant to be Jewish. At Pardes, I not only learned to appreciate Judaism and Jewish values, but also to be accepting of others’ beliefs. This worldview has allowed me to connect with my religion in a positive way and build meaningful relationships with others.
In what ways did Pardes Jewish Day School prepare you for life?
On one hand, I learned the value of education and hard work. On the other, I learned the importance of community, family, and tikkun olam. This balance has stuck with me and guided me through big life transitions. On a similar note, as a young adult in Phoenix, Pardes continues to connect me to a personal and professional network.
What would you tell a someone who is considering Pardes Jewish Day School for his/her child?
I think Pardes is truly one of a kind! I participated in every sport, every school play, and class trip. At another school, I’m not sure that I would have had the confidence or support from teachers and peers to experiment with all those activities. I also don’t know many other people in their mid-twenties who have a yearly reunion with their elementary and middle school friends! I am so thankful to my parents for sending me to Pardes.
We are proud of our graduates! Do you have any accomplishments you would like to share?
I was admitted to ASU Law on a merit scholarship and have accepted a clerkship with a federal judge after I graduate. I’m also the vice president of the Jewish Law Students Association!