PaRDeS, the journal of the Association for Jewish Studies in Germany, aims at exploring the fruitful and multifarious cultures of Judaism as well as their relations to their environment within diverse areas of research. In addition, the journal promotes Jewish Studies within academic discourse and reflects on its historic and social responsibilities. It uses a double-blind peer review process to uphold high scholarly standards.
PaRDeS has been published annually since 2006. In 2004 and 2005, it appeared twice yearly. From 1997 to 2003, it was called VJS-Nachrichten: Informationsblatt der Vereinigung für Jüdische Studien e.V. (VJS News: Information Bulletin of the Association for Jewish Studies in Germany) and was published several times a year.
Since 2018, PaRDeS is edited by Markus Krah, Ph.D. It features an annual topic, announced via the online platforms and newsletters of the relevant disciplines of the Humanities. For the 2018, 2019 and 2020 issues, Dr. Mirjam Thulin [thulin(at)ieg-mainz.de] serves as co-editor. The journal is published in the summer/fall. Suggestions and submissions can be sent to Markus Krah [markus.krah(at)uni-potsdam.de]. Since 2018, Bianca Pick [bpick(at)uni-mainz.de] serves as editor for book reviews.
All due-paying members of the Association for Jewish Studies in Germany receive a free print copy of the journal. Print copies of PaRDeS can also be purchased from the Universitätsverlag Potsdam or through bookshops. (Price until no. 16/2010: 8 Euro; later issues: 8–15,50 Euro, depending on issue.) PaRDeS is also published as a free e-book, available without limitations for users on computers, tablets, and smartphones.