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Paideia Staff

Paideia staff

Prof. Fania Oz-Salzberger, Director of Paideia

Fania Oz-Salzberger is Director of Paideia and Professor of History at the Faculty of Law and Center for German and European Studies, University of Haifa. She previously also taught at Monash University and at Princeton University. Fania was raised in Kibbutz Hulda on modern Hebrew culture and the kibbutz movement’s creative understanding of the Jewish legacy. Her Oxford University thesis became her first book, Translating the Enlightenment: Scottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany (Oxford, 1995). Her main field is the history of political ideas in Europe, especially their transfer between cultures and languages. She also researches Jewish ideas in historical perspectives – from early modern political Hebraism (Grotius to Hobbes) to her current work on Jewish textual nationhood. Her most recent book, Jews and Words (Yale, 2012), co-authored with Amos Oz, has been translated into 13 languages. Fania is deeply engaged with public and current affairs, and takes part in an ongoing Israeli-European dialog. Her book Israelis in Berlin first appeared in Hebrew and German in 2001, with a new edition in 2014.

Barbara Lerner Spectre, Founding Director of Paideia

Barbara Lerner Spectre is the Founding Director of Paideia, the European Institute of Jewish Studies in Sweden, an academic institute established in 2001 through a grant of the Swedish Government that serves as a resource and stimulus for the renewal of European Jewish culture. She was formerly on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, where she taught Jewish Thought, the Melton Center of the Hebrew University, and Yellin College of Education. Her area of research is Models of Response to the Holocaust in Christian and Jewish Theology. Her publications include: “A Theology of Doubt” (Hebrew) and, together with Noam Zion of the Hartman Institute, the two volume: “A Different Light: The Hanukkah Book of Celebration”. She is the recipient of the 2007 Max Fisher Prize for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, and the ICRF “2008 Women in Action” award.

Erik Gribbe, Director of the Paideia Project-Incubator, Paideia Paradigm Program Coordinator

Erik Gribbe is the director of the Paideia Project-Incubator at Paideia, and has been responsible for a number of other Paideia programs, such as the Paradigm Program, the RF(H)E/Paideia Museum Program, the Alumni Conference and the One Sweden Project. He also does program development, administration and resource development at Paideia. He holds a BA and MA in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and ESADE in Spain, and a BA in Liberal Arts from Stockholm University. Prior to joining Paideia in 2007, he has worked for the UNICEF, setting up a municipal statistics office in the Dominican Republic, as a high school teacher, translator and as volunteer at the Red Cross for many years. His previous background is in the performing arts, as a dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet for ten years.

Frida Schatz, Hebrew Lecturer and Dean of Students

Frida Schatz is Paideia’s Hebrew lecturer at all levels and Dean of Students. She has also taught Hebrew at the University of Stockholm and works as a translator and assessor of translations between Swedish and Hebrew. Coming to Sweden from Israel, she has held positions as lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, at Universities in Paris, Frankfurt, and Copenhagen and at the University of Lund. Frida has also worked with the JDC for Russian Jews in Italy and as lecturer in French.

Ivana Koutníková, Project Coordinator

Ivana Koutníková is Paideia Project Coordinator. She studied Jewish studies and German studies at Palacký University, in Olomouc, the Czech Republic. She holds a diploma in Jewish studies, German studies and History. Ivana worked at Centropa in Vienna for nine months. She has also worked as a teacher of German and Czech, and has experience in studying abroad: Israel and Austria. She has been involved in the organization of the movie section for the festival The Days of Jewish Culture in Olomouc and in running a school project Forgotten Path of a Town, with focus in research on local Jewish history in the Czech Republic. She was working on a project “Positive Action for Intercultural Understanding and Curiosity” for AFS Interkulturell Utbildning in Sweden. Last year, she worked as a Resident Director at CET Academic Programs in Prague.

Dr. Lukasz Gorniok, Paideia One Year Jewish Studies Program Coordinator

Lukasz Gorniok is the Cordinator of the Paideia One-Year Jewish Studies Program. He is a Paideia graduate from 2009 and holds MA degrees in Political Science and History. In 2016 he received his Ph.D. in History at Umeå University, Sweden. He has focused on the history of Polish Jews and Czechoslovaks in Sweden. He is also on the board of the Forum for Jewish Studies at Uppsala University.

Noa Hermele, Deputy Director of Paideia, Rector of Paideia folkhögskola

Noa Hermele is the Deputy Director of Paideia and the Rector of Paideia folkhögskola. Himself a graduate of the Paideia One-Year Jewish Studies Program, he holds MA degrees in Mathematics, Philosophy and Educational Management. He has studied one year at Sorbonne and has spent a year in Argentina. Noa has been a counselor at Glämsta, Rellen and Änglagard and was a guide for the Stockholm exhibition “God has 99 Names.” Noa also worked as supplement teacher in the Jewish day school in Stockholm and has put together and conducted a leadership program for young adults in the Jewish community. In addition to philosophy, logic and mathematics, he is interested in Yiddish and Arabic studies. Noa also completed a two-year program at the Stockholm School of Graphic Design.