Tutors and guests for the Paideia Project-Incubator are professionals from organizations in the field of social Jewish entrepreneurship from Europe, Israel, and the US.

The Paideia Project-Incubator tutors and staff

Barbara Lerner Spectre
Founding Director of Paideia

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. 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.

Eiran Davies

Rabbi Eiran Davies studied for the rabbinate at the Judith Lady Montefiore College at Ramsgate, the rabbinical programme of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ congregation in London, England. Subsequently, he undertook further study at various institutions in Israel, including Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, Midrash Sephardi in Jerusalem, and the Straus-Amiel rabbinical fellowship. Back in the UK, he worked on a number of innovative projects within the Jewish community, including Grassroots Jews, a non-denominational space for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Bee the Change, an initiative to encourage urban Jews to become beekeepers, and was a founding partner in Ruchot, a kosher vegetarian community cafe.

Erik Gribbe
CFO of Paideia

Erik is the CFO of Paideia and formerly the director of the Paideia Project-Incubator at Paideia, and has been responsible for a number of other Paideia programs, such as the Paradigm Program, the RF(H)E/Paideia Museum Program, the Alumni Conference and the One Sweden Project. 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 UNICEF, setting up a municipal statistics office in the Dominican Republic, as a high school teacher, translator and as a 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

Hedva Radovanitz
Project Development Tutor/Program Coordinator

Hedva Radovanitz, now living in Tel Aviv, grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Upper Nazareth, Israel. While studying for an MA degree in Modern History, she became involved in Human Rights work and has since then filled a variety of positions in Social Change non-profits in Israel, from directing organizations to sitting on their board of directors and volunteering for day-to-day work. She has worked for ACRI, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, as the Tel Aviv chapter director; Physicians for Human Rights, as executive director; Shatil- the Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations, both as a consultant and as the director of the southern branch; and the New Israel Fund as the associate director responsible for grantmaking. On a personal level, she most enjoys being with her family and reading.

Liora Asa
Project Development Tutor/Program Coordinator

Liora, with an M.B.A., University of Haifa (2006), an M.A. International Affairs, George Washington University (1993), and a B.A., University California, Berkeley (1989) has over 20 years of professional experience in project management, training, and Resource Development and Financial Management consulting. Over the past decade, Liora has worked as Resource Development and Financial Management Consultant at Shatil – Israel’s leading capacity building center for social change organizations, providing support to hundreds of NGOs throughout the country. Liora is an experienced trainer on a broad array of resource development and financial topics, as a lecturer at the University of Haifa’s NGO management program over the past three years, and as a veteran international trainer with the Galilee International Management Institute.

Lukasz Gorniok
Paideia Project-Incubator Director

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).

Nirit Roessler
Project Development Tutor/Program Coordinator

Nirit Roessler conducted special research at Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum and worked at the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute before she discovered the fascinating world of NGOs. After working for a German political foundation in Israel, Nirit then headed the Resource Development Department in Shatil for 8 years. She has vast experience in fundraising consultation, writing guidebooks, training and capacity building for sustainability both in Europe and in Israel. Between 2005 and 2011 Nirit was the director of the Pradler NGO Empowerment Program. Having recently completed an M.A. in Organizational and Strategic Consultation, she is now a freelance consultant and trainer.

Patrick Levy
Project Development Tutor/Program Coordinator

Patrick Levy is a counselor for non-profit organizations on organizational strategy, peer education and fundraising in Israel through the Joint, the New Israel Fund, the UN and other bodies. He also represents a foundation and directs a program for organizations of people with disabilities. Patrick has taught Israel, France and the United Kingdom and he has served as executive director of national and international nonprofit organizations. Patrick advises various city mayors in Israel, businesses, foundations and private donors in Jewish and Arab communities in Israel and around the world. Patrick specializes in tri-dimensional projects, cooperation between businesses and non-profit, peer education and health issues.