Global Interfaith WASH Alliance


Find out more about the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance that was recently launched at the UNICEF Headquarters in NYC. 

Rabbi Soetendorp's Interview at the Global Economic Symposium

Lifting our Eyes - A Tribute to Nelson Mandela


Today humanity as a whole mourns Nelson Mandela. It is a rare moment to reach out to the people of South Africa.

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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.

blessingThank you for signing the statement "A Fundamental Shift in Mindset - Water, from a Commercial Commodity to a Sacred Gift"!

May we be able to bring forth a mighty stream of compassion, love and unwavering political commitment to provide water and sanitation for everyone!

Please take inspiration from the words of wisdom, interfaith statements and passages of our sacred texts on water that we have gathered here.

You will find more background information about the Wings for Water Multistakeholder Dialogue and the World Water Day 2013 Celebrations here

For updates about the progress of this statement and updates about the international interfaith collaboration on water, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Programme Coordinator of the Soetendorp Institute at You do not even need to add any text. 

"We have come together from all sectors of society, beyond borders to commit ourselves to form an enduring partnership for living water and we call upon every world citizen to do the same. Our religious and philosophical traditions teach us that we are one human family, one Earth community with one destiny. We form one body, and when one part of the body aches, all other parts feel the pain. We must internalize this innate human sensitivity in concrete actions in the coming decades to ensure that pure water and sanitation will be in reach of every member of the human family."
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp

Please support our work of creating this global interreligious partnership for living water
with a tax reductible donation to the Soetendorp Institute:


The Soetendorp Institute


Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values
Van Wijngaerdenstraat 21
2596 TW The Hague
The Netherlands