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One-Year Program

The One-Year Jewish Studies Program and
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Within an interdisciplinary academic setting, Paideia educates leaders for Europe – academicians, artists and community activists – towards fluency in Jewish sources. 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.

Literacy in Jewish Text
At the heart of Paideia is the One Year Jewish Studies Program, dedicated to the study and interdisciplinary interpretation of the textual sources that have served as the wellsprings of Jewish civilization. The program offers a combination of traditional textual study methodology (hevruta), an academic and critical approach to interpretation, and an applied dimension answering to contemporary needs, making it a unique program in Jewish studies.

The studies are conducted five days a week, seven hours per day, under the instruction of world-renowned faculty. The program includes two year-long courses in Bible and Talmud; eleven intensive text courses running chronologically from Torah and Midrash, through Medieval Jewish Philosophy and Responsa Literature to Modern Jewish Philosophy and Literature; as well as various courses on Jewish life, calendar and holidays in relation to contemporary Jewish issues.

Hebrew Ulpan
In order to facilitate the text studies, the program includes a Hebrew Ulpan that is taught four hours a week on three different levels. The amount of Hebrew studies is equivalent to one semester of exclusive full-time study.

Applied dimension
In addition to their Jewish textual studies, the One-Year Jewish Studies Program allows the fellows to interact with and learn from each other as well as from a number of invited speakers during the year; thereby addressing the question of what Jewish culture have to say to contemporary issues. The applied dimension of Paideia also encourages fellows to explore the question of how Jewish studies can nourish their respective fields of competence. The fellows choose a project  to develop in the academic, the educational/social or the artistic field. This enables them to tap into individual passions for establishing a deeper connection between Jewish textual studies and related fields.

Fellowship for Jewish Community Development
The European Jewish Fund funds the Fellowship for Community Development within the One Year Jewish Studies Program geared towards educating Jewish European activists and professionals for the communities of the European Jewish Fund. The Fellowship includes, in addition to the regular One Year Program, workshops on Jewish Community Development as well as seminars on European Jewish Communities. Fellows also work on project development in Jewish Community life.

Fellows who contribute to strengthening Jewish life and culture in Europe are eligible for yearly scholarships. See more information here.

MA in Jewish Civilizations
As a continuation of the One-Year Jewish Studies Program, Paideia and the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg have agreed on a new joint Master’s program in Jewish Studies, using the Paideia studies as the first year of the program. Read more about it here.

The language of instruction is English. The program starts in mid August and runs until the end of April. See course listing and syllabi for more information about the curriculum and courses. If you want to learn more about the program, please contact us at info@paideia-eu.org.


Apply to Paideia One-Year Jewish Studies Program here.