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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.

The program is organized in cooperation with Paideia Cultural College.

Program features:

- 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.

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

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.

120 ECTS Master’s Program 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. Upon the completion of the program in Stockholm, enrolled students continue their curriculum in Heidelberg and will receive a Master of Arts degree from the HfJS.


Paideia fellows are eligible for scholarships during their studies at Paideia. The scholarship includes tuition-free studies, a study trip to Israel and a monthly stipend of approximately 800€ per month to cover rent and living costs. scholarships are only awarded to candidates who actively contribute to strengthening Jewish life and culture in Europe and have the potential to continue to do so in their future work.

For students continuing their studies towards 120 ECTS Master’s program in Jewish Civilization, Paideia offers the possibility to apply for the ELES Academic Scholarship. These scholarships are given both for the studies at Paideia and the studies in Heidelberg. See more information here.


To apply to the program, you will need to fill in the application and upload the documents. The application consists of several parts (see an example of the application). You don’t have to submit all of your answers in full at one time. You can save your application on your computer and return to your answers until final submit. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. If you have questions regarding the application or the acceptance process please contact us at recruitment@paideia-eu.org.

To apply for the 2020-2021 Program click here.
First deadline: January 31

Final deadline: March 15