Dedicated to the revival of European Jewish culture, Paideia was created in 2001 through foundational grants from the Swedish government and the Wallenberg foundation.
Its main program is a highly intensive One Year Jewish Studies Program taught by world-renowned Israeli faculty.
Structure and Syllabus
The program is ten months long, five days a week, seven hours per day. It includes 14 two-week Jewish textual courses, each 30 hours, running chronologically from Torah, Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Responsa Literature to Modern Jewish Philosophy.
Each fellow must complete a project or professional apprenticeship in one of four tracks during the stay at Paideia; Academic, Artistic, Jewish Professional, or Lay leaders track. Relevant seminar courses and supervision is given by track leaders.
Paideia’s religious profile is pluralistic and non-denominational.
Students and faculty range from orthodox to secular, including conservative, reform, and cultural Jews.
The studies at Paideia are tuition free. Students will be candidates for student dormitories provided by Paideia and stipends meant to free them from work while participating in the program. Paideia's number of scholarships is limited.