Welcome to the Soetendorp Institute
The Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values has been founded by Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp. Honoring the name of his late father, the Institute is building bridges between the religions, cultures and generations. It is guided by the imperative of tikkun olam, repairing a world that is broken for those in need, for ourselves and our future.
The basic motivation for the projects of the Soetendorp Institute was derived in Rabbi Soetendorp's moving life story, his "memory beyond memories": Having survived World War II as a hidden childed, rescued by a righteous couple who risked their lives for him, Rabbi Soetendorp has come to the conviction: When the gaze of a baby can still reach the heart, even in the deepest depravity, nothing is lost.
The Institute therefore promotes an "education of the heart" that generates hope, inspiration and empathy with other cultures, religions, and forms of life. We believe that these skills are essential for eradicating xenophobia and creating just, peaceful and sustainable communities.
- Thursday, 28 March 2013
"It is a true miracle that we are able to assemble at this critical juncture to help forge a global partnership for living water for all." With these words did Rabbi Soetendorp open the "Living Water - Towards a Water-secure World"-Conference that the Soetendorp Institute organized together with...
- Tuesday, 01 May 2012
Upon special invitation by Bhutan's Prime Minister Yigmi Y. Thinley, Rabbi Soetendorp participated in the High-Level Event on "Happiness and Well-Being: Creating a New Economic Paradigm" that was hosted by the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 2nd...
- Tuesday, 30 December 2008
"The Insolent Waters: Moral Choices for an Endangered Planet"
The Hague, 26 February 2008
“The Insolent Waters – Moral Choices for an Endangered Planet” was the title of an international Symposium held on the occasion of Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp's...