Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden is a non-denominational academic framework that was established in 2000 with funding from the Swedish government.
Dedicated to the revival of Jewish culture in Europe, Paideia educates leaders for Europe - academicians, artists and community activists - towards fluency in the Jewish textual sources that have served as the wellsprings of Jewish civilization.
In renewing interpretation of Jewish text, Paideia is reviving a European Jewish voice long silenced by Communism and post-Holocaust trauma - a voice that can contribute to a culturally rich and pluralistic Europe.
The Paideia One-Year Jewish Studies Program offers a unique international Jewish studies experience during eight months in Stockholm with the possibility of completing a 120 ECTS Master in Jewish Civilizations at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg, Germany.
Scholarships are available towards tuition, accommodation and living costs.
For the One-Year Jewish Studies Program apply here.
At a ceremony during the Paideia Conference “Home: A Simple Notion Contested”, the founding director of Paideia, Barbara Spectre, was awarded the Abraham Geiger Medal. It was conferred to her by Professor Rabbi Walter Homolka, rector of the Abraham Geiger College at Potsdam University, with the following motivation:
Paideia is a critical component in the revitalization of Jewish European culture. By educating young leaders from across the globe in Jewish text combined with social advocacy and communal networking, Paideia offers a unique formula to train and sustain Jewish potential, building more culturally rich and pluralistic communities and a stronger Jewish Europe.
Abraham Geiger College honors Paideia founder Barbara Lerner Spectre for this unique and excellent initiative in the spirit of Rabbi Abraham Geiger.
Founded in 1999, Abraham Geiger College is the first liberal rabbinical seminary in Continental Europe since the Shoah. The Abraham Geiger Award recognizes contributions to Judaism in its many facets. It was created in 2000 on the occasion of the opening of the Abraham Geiger College.
The Krister Stendahl Memorial Lecture is a yearly event to honor the memory of Krister Stendahl, bishop in Stockholm 1984-1988 and Professor at the Divinity School at Harvard University. Bishop Stendahl was also a member of Paideia’s board of trustees. The lecture series is a cooperation between the Center for Interfaith Dialogue, run by the Stockholm Diocese of the Church of Sweden.
Rabbi Michael Melchior is an internationally renowned Jewish leader, thinker and activist. He is a former Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs, a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and a former member of Knesset for Meimad. He is the Rabbi of a vibrant community in Talpiyot, Jerusalem, while still holding the title of the Chief Rabbi of Norway.