About Us

Pardes Hannah
Pardes Hannah provides an intimate setting to enter deeply into prayer through chanting, kabbalistic meditation, movement, traditional davening, and openhearted engagement with Torah. A common thread linking the group members is the reawakened practice of spiritual friendship, which offers support and encouragement to each person’s journey. Pardes Hannah balances a commitment to the inner life with a commitment to its community by offering Shabbat services and a variety of spiritual and educational study sessions and celebrations throughout the cycle of the Jewish year.

Our ongoing activities, to which all are invited, include Shabbat morning services, a quarterly Learners’ Minyan, Seudat Slisheet gatherings for the third Shabbat meal, study sessions, and holiday celebrations.

See our Calendar for more specific information.

Services are led by Rabbi Elliot Ginsburg, founder and spiritual leader of Pardes Hannah, and other skilled leaders in our chevre.

Attending one or more of our services offers the opportunity to experience a flavor of our Jewish Renewal community.


Miller_0286Rabbi Elliot Ginsburg
Rabbi Elliot K. Ginsburg is Associate Professor of Jewish Thought and Mysticism at the University of Michigan, and rabbi of the Pardes Hannah minyan in Ann Arbor. He received his PhD in Religious Studies with a Concentration in Judaica from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, and taught for nine years at Oberlin College, before coming to Michigan. He has received the NEH Fellowship and has recently received a grant from the Kellogg Foundation on Outreach Scholarship, making scholarly teachings accessible to adult learners. Ginsburg has written two books on the kabbalistic celebration of the Shabbat and is currently working on two books: a scholarly study of Jewish mystical prayer and meditation; and a multi-tiered study of Judaism as spiritual practice. He has published in an array of scholarly journals and has taught in synagogues, universities, and spiritual retreat settings in the United States, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. Elliot lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, their three wonderful children, and their two mostly wonderful cats.