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The One-Year Jewish Studies Program

Bild4 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.


- Textual studies. 16 courses, each with teacher-led instructions covering the Jewish bookshelf from classical bible studies to modern Jewish philosophy.

- Year-long courses covering the central texts in Jewish tradition.

- Modern Hebrew, given at three levels. 4 hours per week during the year.

- A mid-year study trip to Israel, including a week of studies at Yad Vashem.

- Visiting lecture series, with 15-20 guests during the year – politicians, academics, community leaders and educators. A number of Paideia graduates are also invited to present their work as case studies.

Literacy in Jewish Text

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.

The program is being taught by world-renowned faculty. It includes two week-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. See course listing and syllabi for more information about the curriculum and courses


Courses at Paideia are based on Jewish text and use the Hevruta technique. This is the traditional Jewish method of studying a text in pairs or small groups, where the fellows interpret the text together, conducting a dialogue with each other and with the text, debating its possible meanings.

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 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, establishing a deeper connection between Jewish textual studies and related fields. See an example of projects done by Paideia fellows.


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 joint Master’s program in Jewish Civilizations, using the Paideia studies as the first year of the program.


The program starts in mid August and finishes in the end of March. The studies are conducted five days a week, seven hours per day, under the instruction of world-renowned faculty. The language of instruction is English. The program starts in mid August and runs until the end of March. 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.