Barbara Lerner Spectre is an academic and philosophy lecturer, who is the founding Director of Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, established in 2001.

She was born in the city of Madison, Wisconsin. She studied philosophy and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, a Master of Arts degree from New York University, and a PhD in Philosophy from Bar-Ilan University. She married Rabbi Philip Spectre and moved to Ashkelon, Israel, in 1967, where she taught Jewish Studies at Achva College of Education. She joined the philosophy faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, the Melton Center of Hebrew University, and Yellin College of Education after moving to Jerusalem in 1982, where she was named Outstanding Lecturer in 1995-1997. In 1984, she became the first chairperson of the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem.

In 1987, 1990, 1992, and 1996, she was a scholar in residence for the United Synagogues, Midwest Regions, and she has lectured extensively throughout the United States.

She immigrated to Sweden in 1999, settling in Stockholm and joining her husband, who was then the Rabbi of the Stockholm Synagogue. The following year, she applied to the Swedish government for funding to establish Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies, which she has since directed.[3] Paideia trained over 200 people from 35 countries for leadership positions in the renewal of Jewish culture in Europe during its first decade of operation.

Here she is in this news 2015 clip, calling for the destruction of Christian European ethnic societies:

“I think there’s a resurgence of anti-semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural and I think we’re going to be part of the throes of that transformation. which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies that they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are not going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role but without that leading role, and without that transformation, Europe will not survive.”

Straight from the horse’s mouth, no?

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