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. O
n May 18 2014 the seventh Rabbi received her semicha.
In October 2013 the new Rabbinical training program started, this time, however, with only one student. Read more about her here
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 the summer of 2013, the Robert A. Levisson Foundation took over the Dutch Progressive-Jewish Educational Centre 'Rimon' from the Sja'ar Foundation. Read more
Our second Teacher Training in the fall of 2013 with 13 students, was again organised together with Rimon.
For the first time, the Levisson Institute has organised a gabbai training course. Forty people from the whole country participated. Read more (in Dutch) ….
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 page.
We hope you will enjoy browsing through the site and reading the materials.