Paideia Staff

Levi Spectre, Academic Director

PhD Born in Ashkelon, Israel, where he trained in avoiding school, perfecting this skill at the Experimental high-school in Jerusalem. Owned and managed a compan in agricultural harvesting, studied at the Hebrew University and received a PhD in Philosophy from Stockholm University. Taught philosophy and Jewish thought at high-school, Hebrew University, Stockholm University, and presently on the faculty of the Open University of Israel as senior lecturer. Author of numerous articles on rational belief and knowledge, and related epistemological subjects. Presently researching “Knowledge Resistance” together with an international team of researchers from several fields lead by philosophers from Stockholm University. Readily available for advice on wheat, evidence, and surviving four children.

Noa Hermele, Managing Director

Noa Hermele is rector of Paideia Folkhögskola and deputy director of Paideia. He is a member of the editorial board of Judisk Krönika – the Jewish Cultural Magazine in Sweden, board member of Forum for Jewish Studies at Uppsala University, and chairperson of the Committee for National Minorities at the Swedish Arts Council.

Barbara Lerner Spectre, Founding Director

Barbara Lerner Spectre is the Founding Director of Paideia. She was formerly on the faculty of the Hartman Institute of Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she taught Jewish Thought. She was among the founders of the Seminary of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem. Her area of research is in models of inference in Christian and Jewish post-Holocaust theology, for which she received a research grant from Yad V’Shem Institute. Barbara’s publications include “A Theology of Doubt” (Hebrew) and, together with Noam Zion of the Hartman Institute, the two-volume “A Different Light: The Hannukah Book of Celebration.” In 2007, she received the prestigious Max M. Fisher Prize for Jewish Education in the Diaspora and in 2016, the Abraham Geiger Medal. In 2018, she received The King’s Medal for her outstanding contribution for Jewish culture in Sweden and beyond.

Agnieszka Baraszko, Recruitment Officer

Agnieszka is a recent Paideia graduate (Lise Meitner fellow). She is an active member at Gdansk Jewish Community. She graduated from University of Warsaw and holds MA’s in French and Spanish literature and language.

Erik Gribbe, CFO

Erik Gribbe is CFO at Paideia. Until 2017, he served as Director of Paideia Project-Incubator at Paideia, and has been responsible for a number of other Paideia programs. He also does program development, administration and resource development at Paideia. He holds a BA and MA in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and ESADE in Spain, and a BA in Liberal Arts from Stockholm University. Prior to joining Paideia in 2007, he has worked for the UNICEF, setting up a municipal statistics office in the Dominican Republic, as a high school teacher, translator and as volunteer at the Red Cross for many years. His previous background is in the performing arts, as a dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet for ten years.

Frida Schatz, Hebrew Lecturer and Dean of Students

Frida Schatz is Paideia’s Hebrew lecturer at all levels and Dean of Students. She holds a BA and MA in Hebrew and French language and litterature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris. After studies Frida held positions as Hebrew lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, at Universities in Paris, Frankfurt, and Copenhagen. She also worked for JDC for Russian Jews in Italy. After moving to Sweden, she taught Hebrew as a lecturer at the University of Lund and the University of Stockholm and worked as a translator between Swedish and Hebrew.

Ivana Koutníková, Project Manager

Ivana Koutníková studied Jewish studies and German studies at Palacký University, in Olomouc, the Czech Republic. She holds a diploma in Jewish studies, German studies and History. She is also a Paideia Baruch Spinoza Fellow 2013/2014. Ivana worked at Centropa in Vienna in 2010/2011. She has been involved in the creation and organization of the movie section for the festival The Days of Jewish Culture in Olomouc and in running a school project Forgotten Path of a Town, with focus in research on local Jewish history in the Czech Republic. She was working on a project “Positive Action for Intercultural Understanding and Curiosity” for AFS Interkulturell Utbildning in Sweden. She also worked as a Resident Director at CET Academic Programs in Prague for Jewish and Central European Studies.  Currently, Ivana works as project manager and event organizer at Paideia and Paideia Folkhögskola. She is responsible for more than 50 events taking place every year reaching more than 1,000 people.

Lukasz Gorniok, Dean of Academic Studies

Lukasz is Director of Paideia Project-Incubator and Dean of Academic Studies of One-Year Jewish Studies Program at Paideia. He holds M.A. in Political Science from the Pedagogical University in Cracow, M.A. in History from the Dalarna University, Sweden, and Ph.D. in History from Umeå University, Sweden. His research was about the migration of Polish Jews and Czechoslovaks to Sweden in the late 1960s. He was also a Krister Stendahl Fellow at Paideia (2008/09).