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.

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp: Reconciling a Painful Past with a Hopeful Future, published in: Chistoph Quarch et. al, (ed): Die Macht der Würde. Globalisierung neu denken. Gütersloher Verlagshaus: Güstersloh 2007, 97 – 102.

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp: A Council of Conscience Towards a Global Partnership published in: Chistoph Quarch et. al, (ed): Die Macht der Würde. Globalisierung neu denken. Gütersloher Verlagshaus: Güstersloh 2007, 83 – 96.

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp: To Avert the Day of Destruction published in: Peter Blaze Corcoran, (ed.): Toward A Sustainable World. The Earth Charter in Action , KIT Publishers: Amsterdam 2005, 58 – 60. Please find the Dutch and the Spanish version of the article here.

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp: The Open Door, pubished in: Common Ground News Service, Role of Religion Special Series, 2005

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp: A Rabbi Meets: Encounters on the Road to Peace, published by The Trialogue Foundation and Hope for Children Fund, November 2005 In Dutch: De Rebbe Ontmoet…Bijzondere Vredesmomenten Gememoreerd door rabbijn Awraham Soetendorp” (Stichting Trialoog and Fonds Hoop voor Kinderen, November 2005)

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp: Together in Hope, In: Conscience, Winter 2002

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp: Als het niet nu is, wanneer dan wel, book, published in 1988, to order at

The Soetendorp Institute


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