About The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute


The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (VLJI) is a leading intellectual center for the interdisciplinary study and discussion of issues related to philosophy, society, culture, and education. The Institute gives expression to the wide range of opinions in Israel and takes particular pride in its role as an incubator and creative home for many of the most important civil society efforts to enhance and deepen Israeli democracy. The Institute was founded by the Van Leer family to advance knowledge in the realms of philosophy, society, and culture. Since 1959 it has operated as a center for advanced studies and for intellectual public discourse. Its intellectual and research goals are rooted in its commitment to public responsibility and civil ethics. With the support of the Van Leer Group Foundation in Holland and under the guidance of its board of directors, the Institute plays a central role in highly important and socially sensitive fields, touching on the main foci of tension in Israeli society. The contribution of a core of renowned scholars at the Institute has made possible the successful implementation of reforms and new approaches in formal and informal education, policy studies, civil empowerment, and cultural diversity. The Institute continues to realize its vision in the areas of culture, identity, and social unity.



›   To be an incubator for innovative ideas in the humanities and social sciences

›   To promote humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel

›   To define and shape the public discourse and to point out alternative ways of thinking about current topics

›   To foster excellence in research and to use the research findings for the public good



To achieve its goals the Institute undertakes projects in four main areas: Advanced studies, Jewish Culture and Identity, Israeli Civil Society, and Mediterranean Neighbors. It employs a variety of methods and approaches in each of these areas. It runs projects and discussion groups and encourages cooperation with academe, civil society organizations, and the government establishment, while providing a platform for diverse views and broad representation of various groups. Its activities include conducting studies of public policy and applied social research, developing and running education programs and a range of training programs for educators and community leaders, and opening its doors for cultural activity to the general public. The Institute cooperates closely with a large number of Israeli and international research institutions and conducts joint projects with visiting scholars from around the world. It publishes books, anthologies, and journals that are the fruits of its academic work. The Institute houses halls of various sizes which host conferences and events, and a library.


Our address
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
43 Jabotinsky Street
POB 4070
Jerusalem 9104001

Tel. 972-2-5605222
Fax. 972-2-5619293

Parking is not available at the Institute.
Paid parking available on nearby streets.