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 Folkhögskola.

The program is part of the European Jewish Fund Leadership Program at Paideia.

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.


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.

Applied dimension

In additon 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.


The curriculum of the One-Year Jewish Studies Program runs chronologically from Torah and Midrash, through Medieval Jewish Philosophy and Responsa Literature to Modern Jewish Philosophy and Literature, with courses taught by prominent scholars, including leading professors from major Israeli, American and European universities. It also includes Hebrew Ulpan at three levels, a three-week study trip to Israel, and hands-on project work during the year.

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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.

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 M.A. Program in Jewish Civilizations. Upon the completion of the program in Stockholm, enrolled students can continue their curriculum in Heidelberg and will receive a Master of Arts degree from the HfJS.

Students accepted to the M.A. Program have a possibility to apply for a number of scholarships.


The 2020-2021 One Year Jewish Studies Program is open for applications!

Criteria for acceptance

  • Commitment to the renewal of European Jewish culture
  • Intellectual curiosity and documented academic experience (in any field)
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills


  • Early deadline: January 31 (decision by March)
  • Final deadline: March 15 (decision by May)