In the Netherlands there are various possibilities to learn about Judaism.
At a few universities a limited number of modules are offered at an advanced level. What was lacking, however, was the possibility to follow a coherent study program that could serve to train a future leadership for the Liberal Jewish Community in the Netherlands. The Levisson Institute was started to fill this gap and has in its first 10 year shown that this is indeed possible, also in a community as small as ours.
The trainings given by the Levisson Institute are designed to grant rabbinical certification (semicha) and qualification as Shaliach Tzibbur (cantor) and as teacher of Jewish subjects. Future plans include offerings of modules in Jewish subjects for (potential) lay leaders of conregations and organisations.
The Rabbinic curriculum meets the requirements for international recognition both academically and professionally. The Insituten strives to apply as high a level and excellent quality to all the other trainings.
Where appropriate modules are offered at other educational institutes, such as the universities of Amsterdam or Leiden, the students follow these. This applies both to the academic and the vocational parts of the training.
The curriculum is continuously developed by the members of the Management Team in close collaboration with the Academic Committee and the lecturers. This ensures that the level and quality of training reaches the required level. The diplomas of our ordained Rabbis are recognized not only by the Dutch Liberal Jewish community but also by the Rabbinic Review Committee of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and international professional organizations.
The value of an institute operating at this level goes beyond that of "only" providing training to a professional leadership. The Institute also makes significant contributions to the essential task of maintaining and increasing Jewish knowledge among all members of the community.