Message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees


It is my pleasure to present this site, which covers the current activities of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, on behalf of the Board of Trustees. The institute is a unique combination of theoretical excellence and practical relevance in everything it does. In this way it contributes to the development of a free, equitable and just society in Israel.

We feel honored that this unique character is recognized both nationally and internationally. I see it as an endorsement of the work and mission of the Van Leer family and its legacy.

This could never have been attained without the collective efforts of the excellent executives, staff and supporters of our Institute. Indeed, together we are living up to the inspirational words of Bernard van Leer, who said: "The profit should be used to the benefit of humankind".

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and our work to secure the future of Israeli society. Let us continue to work in that direction and for the betterment of humankind.


Tom de Swaan