For which grades did you attend Pardes? What year did you graduate from Pardes?
I attended Pardes from kindergarten through eighth grade. I graduated from eighth grade in 2014.
We’d love an update on your life after Pardes. Where did you continue your education?
After graduating from Pardes, I went to Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. Last year, I graduated from Chaparral, and I am now an undergraduate student at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. I plan on majoring in psychology and later pursuing a graduate degree in the field.
What did you love about Pardes Jewish Day School?
I love that Pardes taught me how to care for other people. I remember learning about the importance of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world, and that lesson has stuck with me up until today. Because my peers and I were taught to prioritize the needs of others, many of us continued to act in service of others even years after graduating from Pardes. I am so thankful to have had a day school education that went beyond just preparing me for academic success.
What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.
I think the word that best describes Pardes is dedicated. Pardes is dedicated to giving its students a comprehensive Jewish education, while also creating an inclusive atmosphere in which every student feels as though they belong. Additionally, the faculty and staff are devoted to each student individually in a way that makes the students feel appreciated and encouraged.
Describe one of your favorite memories of Pardes Jewish Day School.
My favorite memories at Pardes come from the time my eighth grade class spent in homeroom together. We had a really small grade, and we all grew so close. We really enjoyed being around each other, and I still keep in touch with many of my friends from my eighth grade class. Although we graduated from Pardes five years ago, we still laugh about things that happened as we were sitting in our homeroom class.
From your own experiences, why do you believe it was important for you to attend a Jewish Day School?
I believe that attending a Jewish day school allowed me to develop the strong set of values that I have carried with me throughout my life. Celebrating Jewish holidays with the Pardes community every year taught me so much about my culture. Learning Hebrew for nine years gave me a solid understanding of the language and a feeling of connection to Jewish people around the world. Pardes gave me the opportunity to develop the Jewish identity I have today, and for that I could not be more grateful.
In what ways did Pardes Jewish Day School prepare you for life?
I think the sense of confidence I gained from attending Pardes Jewish Day School has served me well in my academic career. Being in small classes as a young student allowed me to feel comfortable in the classroom and sure in my abilities. Additionally, the teachers I had challenged me academically to ensure that I was always prepared for the next portion of my academic journey.
What would you tell a someone who is considering Pardes Jewish Day School for his/her child?
I would tell people considering Pardes for their children that this school sets each of its students up for success in all areas of life and creates an invaluable community that is centered on serving its members. Pardes Jewish Day School will provide many things beyond an amazing education to their child.
We are proud of our graduates! Do you have any accomplishments you would like to share?
Since arriving at Georgetown in the fall, I have become involved in a number of extracurricular activities while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I am particularly passionate about mental health, and I volunteer as a peer supporter on an online chatline that connects Georgetown students to mental health resources. Additionally, I am a member of the Student Health Advisory Board, and I am training to be one of the leaders of the University’s freshmen retreats next fall.