On 5 October 2017 the well-loved and respected Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, passed away, at the age of 62.
Rabbi Soetendorp added some memories of Eberhard van der Laan to an in memoriam published (in Dutch) by Max van Weezel in Vrij Nederland.



Martin Luther King: Never more Us and Them

We, members of Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam, rallied around Martin Luther King at the Military Cemetery of Arlington. A court decision issued at the last minute prevented us from uttering prayers, or giving sermons.

Martin Luther...

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mandelaby Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp

Today humanity as a whole mourns Nelson Mandela. It is a rare moment to reach out to the people of South Africa. We truly feel to be one human family , one earth community with a common destiny. It is the mark of Mandelas greatness that he has made us all more whole...

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The Soetendorp Institute


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