PaideiaSymbolMediumPaideia 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 One-Year Program of Jewish Studies, the most intensive educational program in Jewish studies available in Europe, the Paideia Project-Incubator program for supporting the development of new initiatives for European Jewish life, and the Paideia Paradigm Program creating a new paradigm for how to approach Judaism and Jewihs identity through ideas.

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. A free and open atmosphere is an important prerequisite. Paideia aims to be an organization where everyone is treated equally and respectfully, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and physical ability. We direct ourselves towards future leaders of Jewish life and intercultural work.

17 years after its inception, Paideia has over 550 program graduates working 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. Paideia has among its graduates people with Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds.

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, through adding practical training 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.

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.

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.

works assidously to support Paideia alumni through follow-up programs. As invaluable informants on Jewish life in Europe, they are regularly called upon as a dialogue partner and counsel to Paideia.