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  • Project-Incubator 2014 Catalogue
  • Public Lectures
  • Welcome to Paideia
  • Paideia Jewish Educators Program
  • RF(H)E/Paideia Museum Propgram
  • One Sweden
  • Paideia Paradigm Program - Paideia's new program on culture and identity. (separate website)

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.

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Heldag: One Sweden – verktyg för samhällsledarskap och social innovation

Full day event with One Sweden

Guests: Citizens UK and Ashoka Scandinavia

Sensus, Medborgarhuset

9 juni 2014, 9.00-16.30

Kostnad: ingenting

Lunch: ingår

Anmälan, helst senast den 5/6:

Programmet är en blandning av lärande, nätverkande, diskussion och presentationer, med svenska och internationella gäster.

Schema för dagen/Schedule

09.00 – 09.30 Kom tidigt och kaffeinera dig inför dagen/Coffe and Tea

09.30 – 10.00 Välkomna och syftet med dagen/Welcome and Frame the Day

10.00 – 11.00 Inspiration & Best Practices / Guest speakers

11.00 – 11.30 Kaffe, te och nätverkande / Coffee, tea and networking

11.30 – 13.00 Nätverkande och Community of Learning / World Café Workshop

– deltagardialog i World Café-format om samhällsledarskap och social innovation

13.00 – 14.00   Lunch

14.00 – 14.30   Diplomering One Sweden-akademin

14.30  – 15.30  Skills sessions

15.30 – 16.30   Avslutning


Nicham Ross Public Lecture at Paideia Feb 2014

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov on Doubts and Heresy


The lecture focuses on the complex relationship of fascination and anxiety that the Hassidic master, R. Nachman of Breslav, displays vis a vis the magnitude of challenges and doubts that rationalist thought poses to religious belief.  Alongside a biographical account of the threat that such doubts and challenges posed for R. Nachman personally, we discuss the  more general metaphysical explanation he offers for their intensity, as well as the existentialist advice he recommends for  believers striving to overcome them.

Nicham Ross is a lecturer in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Nicham received his PhD in Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University and he specializes in researching identity and tradition in Jewish literature from the beginning of the 20th century.

Boaz Huss Public Lecture at Paideia Feb 2014: The (Jewish) Mother in an Indian Ashram

Mirra Alfassa’s Road from the Cosmic Movement to Sri Aurobindo’s Ashram

The lecture examines the history and ideas of Mirra Alfassa (1878-1973), a Jewish artist of Sephardic origins, who became one of the most famous spiritual leaders in India, know, as the Mother. In the first decade of the 20th century Mirra Alfassa became active in the Cosmic Movement, an esoteric movement headed by a mysterious Jewish teacher, Max Theon (Eliezer Biemstein , c. 1848-1927). Later, Mirra Alfassa traveled with her second husband, Paul Richard, to Pondicherry, India and became affiliated with Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), the radical political activist who became a spiritual leader. Mirra, who cooperated with Aurobindo in the publication of the journal Arja, in which he presented the first formulations of his Integral Yoga, was recognized by Aurobindo as the incarnation of the divine female power, the cosmic Mother. Mirra Alfassa who established Sri Aurobindo’s Ashram, and later, the international spiritual city Auroville, became one of the most venerated spiritual teachers in India, and around the world. She resided in Pondicherry until her death in 1973.

The lecture will examine the life of Mirra Alfassa and her road from the cosmic movement to Sri Aurobindo’s ashram. It will discuss the impact of Max Theon’s esoteric ideas on Mirra Alfassa, her perceptions of Kabbalah, and the question of her Jewish identity.

Boaz Huss teaches Kabbalah at the Goren-Goldstein Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is an expert of various areas of Kabbalah, including the Zohar and contemporary Kabbalah.

Read the related materials here: The (Jewish) Mother in an Indian Ashram

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