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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.

Bajit – Home: A Simple Notion Contested

Paideia Conference

Bajit – Home: A Simple Notion Contested

When: September 25-26, 2016

Where: Bajit, Stockholm

In 2016, Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden – commemorates a number of milestones: the installment of the new Director Professor Fania Oz-Salzberger, the completion of the 15th class of Fellows, the inauguration of the 16th cohort in the presence of the ambassadors, the opening of Paideia folkhögskola – the first Jewish Cultural College in Scandinavia – and moving into Bajit, the new centre of Jewish education and culture in Stockholm. These occasions will be celebrated with an international conference on the theme “Bajit – Home: A Simple Notion Contested”.

The conference addresses and challenges the notion of “home”, understood intuitively as a natural human aspiration, yet an existentially elusive and a politically complex phenomenon. Drawing on Jewish sources and thought, we wish to initiate a conversation around the notion of “home” and its role today in Sweden and Europe. Academicians, thinkers, politicians, educators and young activists are all invited to join and engage in a cross-disciplinary dialogue on this topic.

Among the speakers are Konstanty Gebert, Abdulkader Habib, Moshe Halbertal, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Göran Rosenberg and Barbara Lerner Spectre. Textual studies are provided by Marc Hirshman, Ute Steyer and Eiran Davies.

The conference will be divided into four sections:

Sunday, September 25

11:00-14.00 Opening of the conference, lunch and Chevruta text study session

Part I.

14:00-16:00 Key note lecture by Moshe Halbertal, reflections and discussions

Part II.

16:30-18:30 Lecture by Konstanty Gebert, reflections and discussions

Monday, September 26

Part III.

10:00-12:00 Lecture by Göran Rosenberg, reflections, and discussions

Part IV. Installment of new Director

14:30-16:30 Lecture by Fania Oz-Salzberger, reflections and discussions

17:00-18.00 Concluding remarks by Barbara Lerner Spectre

The conference is organized in cooperation with Uppsala University, the Jewish Chronicle, Kista Cultural College, and the Jewish Community of Stockholm. To register for the conference, click here. The deadline for registration is August 31.

For more information contact:

Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden

Phone: +46 8 679 55 55

Email: info@paideia-eu.org

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A new Jewish Cultural College

Paideia has been granted the right to run a preparatory year in order to start the first Jewish Cultural College in Sweden. The plan is that in a couple of years the new Jewish Cultural College will be fully developed and will serve the Jewish Community as well as a larger Swedish society.

Please read more here: http://www.folkbildningsradet.se/om-folkbildningsradet/nyheter/2015/tre-nya-folkhogskolor-kan-fa-statsbidrag/


Krister Stendahl Memorial Lecture 2015. Mona Siddiqui: “Love and Law in Christianity and Islam”

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. The lecture series is a cooperation between the Center for Religious Dialogue in Stockholm and Paideia.

Mona Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her research areas are within Islamic law, and she is a frequent writer and speaker on Christian-Muslim topics.

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.

Previous speakers have been Mary C BoysImam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Diana L Eck, Susannah Heschel, Rabbi David Rosen and Paul Knitter.

Mona Siddiqui is the first Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She previously headed the Centre for the Study of Islam in Glasgow. Her research areas are within Islamic law, and she is a frequent writer and speaker on Christian-Muslim topics. Mona’s most recent publications include My Way: A Muslim Woman’s Journey, Christians, Muslims and Jesus and The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology. She is very engaged in interfaith dialogue and has been bestowed with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her work. She is a frequent contributor on BBC Radio, The Times, The Scotsman, The Guardian and the Sunday Herald.


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Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden
Box 5053, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden,
Phone: +46 (0)8 679 55 55, Fax: +46 (0)8 661 14 55, Email: info@paideia-eu.org
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