The Soetendorp Institute envisions a movement based on the peaceful and compassionate collaboration of people from different religions, cultures, countries and sectors of society that galvanizes individuals and countries to create just and sustainable communities in which the divine in all of us and in all creation is revered, respected and cherished.
We are guided by the universal principle, which in the Jewish faith is expressed in the imperative of tikkun olam, repairing a world that is broken, for those in need, for ourselves and our future. We strive to be an inspiration, a call to action, and to act as a catalyst, multiplier and connector, helping lead individuals, societies and countries, beginning with our own, on a path of promise, justice, respect, dignity and peace.
The mission of the Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values is to:
- Protect the Earth
- Work towards social and economic justice
- Build Peace and foster Reconciliation
- Promote interfaith and intergenerational dialogue
- Improve the lives of children worldwide
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, is an award winning human rights advocate, lecturer, writer, environmental activist and champion of civil society worldwide who is active in a wide variety of progressive, humanitarian, and interfaith organizations and initiatives. Born in 1943 in Amsterdam, the...
The Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values works closely with the following organizations that share our goals and vision:
|Day of Respect Foundation
|Earth Charter Initiative
|Elijah Interfaith Institute
Jacob Soetendorp, a rebuilder of Jewish communities after the Shoah, a pioneer of the interfaith encounter and a peace and human rights advocate, was born in one of the poor quarters of Amsterdam in 1914. Faced by the death of his father at age 13, he helped his mother to take care of the...