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

Michael C. Slaby works as Program Manager for the Soetendorp Institute. He holds a Master with distinction in Comparative Religion, Political Science and International Law from Heidelberg University, Germany. His Master thesis analysed the World's Parliament of the Religions in 1893 that marked the...

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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...

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Unpublished Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp- President and Founder

Michael Slaby- Program Manager

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...

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Unpublished Our Partnerships

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


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The Soetendorp Institute


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