Welcome to the Levisson Institute website

Who are we? 

The Institute was established in 2002 in order to train rabbis, chazzanim, teachers and knowledgeable leadership for the Dutch-Jewish community, in particular for the Liberal Jewish part thereof. The Robert A. Levisson Foundation which runs the Institute is part of the Netherlands Union for Progressive Judaism. 

The first five students received their semicha (Rabbinic Ordination) on 27 August 2008, having completed their five year long training. The semicha has been granted international recognition.
On 1 September 2012 the sixth Rabbi was ordained.

Presently there are two students in their final year following the rabbinic training.
The intention is to start a new group of students in September 2013. 

The first group of 15 chazzanim completed their two-year training on 31 May 2009.


In June 2010 our first two-year Teacher Training got off to a good start with 14 students.
This was completed on 1 July 2012.

In November 2010 our first scholarly research and publishing project began. 


All information about the organisation, the lecturers, the students, the curriculum, all Annual Reports and much more can be found by following the menu above. There you will also find information how you may participate in this exciting struggle to rebuild Jewish life in the Netherlands after the Shoah and to give the community a
future by contributing financially and morally to the Foundation.

For more information or if you wish to follow a training, please take up contact directly with the dean rabbi Menno ten Brink: +31-20-5400136 or our Director mrs. Francine Püttmann: +31-20-5400133 or use the form on the Contact

We hope you will enjoy browsing through the site and reading the materials.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
23 Nisan 5774.

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