Currently, there are three va’adim active in The Netherlands, two of them in the Amsterdam area and one in Almere.
One of our past leaders, Hana Fischer, has moved to Australia and in 2018, we are invited to present an introduction to Mussar in a couple of communities in Melbourne, Australia.
Mussar Institute Europe has now established a foundation, enabling us to receive donations in accordance with local laws.
For 2017 there are two objectives. First, to launch and promote a children’s book on Mussar, written and illustrated by Marga Vogel, called The Marbles and the Crown, Jewish Wisdom in a Fairy Tale.
Second, in June 2017, we are planning a Mussar Summer Academy. The main theme will be the life and works of rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, who spent a couple of years in Amsterdam and wrote Messilat Yesharim there. The venue will be very close to the place where he presumably lived and worked as a gem cutter. A musical part of the program will be held in an old Portuguese synagogue.