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Born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated in New York City, Barbara Spectre moved with her husband, Rabbi Philip Spectre, to Ashkelon, Israel in 1967 where she served on the faculty of Jewish Studies at Achva College of Education. After moving to Jerusalem in 1982 she served on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, the Melton Center of the Hebrew University, and Yellin College of Education where she was cited as Outstanding Lecturer 1995- 1997. She was the founding chairperson of the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem in 1984. She served as a scholar in residence for the United Synagogues, Midwest Regions in 1987, 1990, 1992, 1996 and has lectured extensively throughout the United States. In 1999 she moved to Stockholm, Sweden to join her husband, then serving as the Rabbi of the Great Synagogue, and in 2000 she wrote the foundational paper to the Swedish government for the formation of Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies, which she has continued to direct. In its 10 years of existence (2011) Paideia has educated over 200 persons from 35 countries for leadership positions in the renewal of Jewish culture in Europe.
She is the recipient of the 2007 Max Fisher Prize for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, and the ICRF[disambiguation needed] “2008 Women in Action” Award, the Award for Contribution to Jewish Education, Seminary of Judaic Studies, 1991 and The First Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies Award for Jewish Education, 1998 Her publications include: together with Noam Zion of the Hartman Institute, the two volume: A Different Light: the Big Book of Hannukah, and Educating Jewish Leaders in a Pan-European Perspective (Springer, The International Handbook of Jewish Education).