Paideia was created in 2000 through grants from the Swedish government and the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation as an academic and applied institute of excellence, with the mandate of working for the rebuilding of Jewish life and culture in Europe, and educating for active minority citizenship.
Our mission is to actively promote the renewal and flourishing of European Jewish cultural and intellectual life in the wake of the Holocaust and the trauma of communism, to support cultural diversity and to disseminate humanistic values.
We do this by offering the most intensive educational program in Jewish studies available in Europe, and direct ourselves towards future leaders of Jewish life and intercultural work. Being a truly pan-European Institute, we have so far graduated 500 fellows from over 40 different countries. Paideia is a non-denominational institution and we have among our students people with Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds.
A cornerstone in our aim is that education be based on openness, democracy and transparency, and the wish to appropriate and draw advantage from a number of different cultures. The education is open to anyone with an interest and capability to add to Jewish culture and to the contribution of Jewish culture to a multifaceted European society. Paideia combines a solid and academic education with a staunch resistance towards dogma or preferential right of interpretation. Our graduates work in a number of different areas all over Europe; academia, communities, interfaith, education, journalism, the arts and more.
has a pan-European approach, each year educating individuals from 12-15 different European countries. The pan-European element allows for cooperation and the exchange of best practices over borders and across institutional boundaries.
is a pluralistic, non-denominational institution, promoting inclusiveness, variety of expression and critical thinking.
emphasizes the education towards a positive and democratic paradigm of minority presence in Europe, thorough creating programs that are in dialogue with the wider society, through encouraging the inclusion of persons with an interest in promoting Jewish culture, regardless of denomination or affiliation, and through engaging in interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
links academic studies to activism. By adding practical leadership training and project development to its programs, Paideia makes sure that the fellows return to their respective countries as leaders in their communities and multipliers of their acquired knowledge. We do this both through project work in the One-Year Jewish Studies Program and through our summer program for social entrepreneurs, the Paideia Project-Incubator.
provides the connection between European activists and Israeli culture, through bringing more Israeli faculty to its programs than any other European educational institution, through incorporating Israeli fellows in the programs and through providing integrated courses in Israel during the programs.
The One-year Jewish Studies Program curriculum offers the equivalent of 14 semester-long courses in texts and sources, and one semester of full-time studies in Hebrew, alongside the project development part of the program. The education is personalized with extensive tutoring components.
maintains close cooperation with external organisations, both locally with the Stockholm Jewish community and various religious and cultural institutions, and at the international level, within various fields: academia, social entrepreneurship, community-building, education and culture.
is its alumni, a relationship developed through follow-up programs and support, but by also using them as a resource. As invaluable informants on Jewish life in Europe, they are regularly called upon as a dialogue partner and counsel to Paideia.