Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values
Envision a peaceful and compassionate collaboration of people from different religions, cultures, countries and sectors of society that galvanises 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; 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.
The Institute was founded in 2001, by three business people who were inspired by the message and work of Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp.
- Interfaith Dialogue
To deepen the understanding and collaboration between the world's spiritual traditions is a core mission of Rabbi Soetendorp's life. For over 40 years he is untiringly active on the local, national and international level to strengthen the bonds of trust and friendship between the different faiths. This way, he was co-chair of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders for Human Survivial, which brought together leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa and Al Gore in the early 1990ies, he helped to create the "C100" - the Council of 100 Leaders in Islam-West Dialogue of the World Economic Forum and supported the three World Congresses of Imams and Rabbis for Peace, which took place between 2005 and 2008. Among others, his current affiliations include: the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, the Safe the Jordan International Adovacy Campaign, the European Council of Religious Leaders , the European Gathering of Jewish and Muslim Leaders, and the "Prinsjesdagviering. The Soetendorp Institute developed a "Faith and Leadership" Training Course for young adults where the participants are provided with skills necessary for responsible leadership and constructive dialogue both within their faith community and between communities of different faiths.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Israel - Jordan - Netherlands - Norway - Austria - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Germany - UK - France - Belgium - Poland