About the project
The Jerusalem Spinoza Institute works to promote tolerance, pluralism, and education for democracy. The institute is named for the 17th Century philosopher, theoretician of tolerance and Jewish excommunicate Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677). It was founded in 1984 to rekindle interest in Spinoza and to examine his relevance to modern Jewish and Israeli life. The institute produces academic seminars and public education programs to broaden public consciousness on the issues of coexistence, cultural and religious pluralism and diversity in Israeli society and the larger Jewish world. The Jerusalem Foundation has supported the institute’s courses for new immigrants, Israel Defence Forces’ officers, high school teachers and college students and supports the annual Adele Singer Rifkind Conference on Cultural & Religious Pluralism, which is held in cooperation with Mishkenot Sha’ananim.