Sharing Knowledge to Protect Jewish Heritage in Europe


Paideia is an academic institution aiming to renew European Jewish culture. Paideia runs educational and leadership programs intended to impart a deeper knowledge of Jewish sources and heritage and to encourage social entrepreneurship.


The Paideia-NLI partnership aims to share knowledge and help students of Jewish texts engage with the NLI's diverse and extensive collections.


The One Year Program

The students of the One Year Program visit the National Library of Israel and have the opportunity to see the texts they have been studying at first hand on a study programme entitled, "The Talmud as a Cultural Object: From Manuscript to Print to Digital." The programme uses resources from the NLI's collections to bring the texts to life. Participants are also exposed to other highlights including the Gershom Scholem Collection, the world's leading collection of Kabbala & Mysticism; the Islam and the Middle East Collection, updates on the National Library's digital projects and have private study time in the NLI's Reading Rooms.


The NLI also contributes towards the One Year study programme at their home base in Stockholm through the course, "The Passover Haggadah as Jewish Collective Memory." The course is developed and delivered at Paideia by Dr. Yoel Finkelman, Curator of the Haim and Hannah Salomon Judaica Collection at the National Library, who draws on the Library's rich and diverse resources to present insights into the "Jewish Bookshelf," and integrates research tools into the learning experience of Paideia.


The Rothschild Haggada

The Rothschild Haggada, NLI Collections


The Paideia Alumni Network

The Paideia Alumni network hosts an annual conference to give former participants a chance to reconnect and learn about the various projects their colleagues are working on to improve their communities and Jewish life in Europe.


NLI Booth at the Project Market 2018

The NLI Information Booth at the 2018 Project Market


The NLI participates in the annual conferences, connecting with the program's alumni on a more personal level and engaging them in Library material through educational lectures and workshops. The NLI also participates in the annual project market with an information booth to encourage participants to familiarize themselves with the Library's website and digital materials. 


The NLI is also currently recruiting alumni and others to contribute to the NLI blog, with the hope of reflecting a contemporary picture of Jewish life in Europe, and to highlight our collections as part of the Jewish conversation. Read the blogs by the Paideia alumni here