The Paideia European-Jewish Leadership Program: Graduate Views of Program Contributions and Impacts

By Esther Katz, Malka Korazim

Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, 2012

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden was created in 2000 as an academic and applied institute of excellence, with the mandate of working for the rebuilding of Jewish life and culture in Europe, and educating for active minority citizenship. It does this through offering an intensive one-year educational program in Jewish Studies directed at future leaders of Jewish life and inter-cultural work. Each year 20-25 participants attend the program, from both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds and a variety of European countries. In addition to the one-year Jewish Studies Program, Paideia has also developed activities for its graduates including alumni conferences, educational weekends and Project-Incubator, a two-week summer program to support projects and social innovation across Europe. Project-Incubator was introduced as a follow-up program for alumni, but has expanded its target group beyond graduates. Since its introduction in 2006, the program has developed over 100 different projects. After several years of activity, Paideia decided to conduct an evaluation study to provide a systematic overview of the program's contributions and achievements, and identify unmet needs. The evaluation comprised a follow-up study of all graduates from 2002-2009. This reportpresents the findings of that study. The study findings showed that graduates view the Paideia program as very successful and feel that it contributed to them to a great extent. It was found that all graduates continue to be involved in Jewish activities in their countries of residence. Most report that the program has had an important impact on their professional-life career, on their pursuit of Jewish Studies and on their involvement in Jewish community activities.

Topic: Jewish Communal Service, Program Evaluation, Leadership, Jewish Organizations

Funder: Irv and Carol Smokler

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Europe , Sweden

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Katz, Esther. Korazim, Malka. The Paideia European-Jewish Leadership Program: Graduate Views of Program Contributions and Impacts. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14218


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