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A bit of history:

Rabbi David Lilienthal is the person who took the initiative of setting up the Institute; he remained the driving force behind it during its first 10 years. He served as the first chairman of the Board until he was appointed the first Dean of the Institute as of 1 January 2004. He stayed in that post until his retirement on 3 September 2012. 

Rabbi David Lilienthal is Rabbi Emeritus of the Liberal Jewish Congregation of Amsterdam, having served the congregation as Senior Rabbi from 1971-2004. During these years and later, he has served as Rabbi-at-large to a number of smaller congregations in the Netherlands and as the first Rabbi of the IJC (International Jewish Center) in Brussels, Belgium. During these 33 years he was also the coördinator of the Dutch Beth Din and in 1993 co-founder of the European Beth Din, of which he served as chairman until 2012. He was chairman of the Dutch Prayerbook Committee and editor of the siddur Tov Lehodot which appeared in 2000 and a series of smaller prayerbooks vor special occasions. furthermore he played a major role in the editing and production of the Dutch bilingual Tanach which was published in 2007.

During his active years he has held chairmanships in several international organisations. In this context it is worth mentioning that in 1978 he took the initiative to found ARZA-Netherlands and a year later ARZENU, the worlsorganisation of Progressive Jewish-Zionist organisations. He served as chairman of ARZENU from 1989 to 1995; 18 years long he was a member of the central organs of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Between 1971 and 2012 he was a member of the Governing Body of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and its successor the International Assembly.

On february 3 2013 David Lilienthal took leave as Dean of the Levisson Institute. A few weeks later he settled in Israel with his wife and eldest daughter near their other daughters and grandchildren.

There were many VIPs in attendance in the synagogue for the festive farewell of our grand old man. On account of his outstanding record of achievements for Progressive-Jewish education in the Netherlands Professor dr. Ted Young, the chairman appointed David Lilienthal, on behalf of the Board of the Robert A. Levisson Foundation, as a member of the Academic Committee and Honorary Dean of the Levisson Institute 'because of his ability to transform vision into reality'. Furthermore the Board of the Foundation decided to establish in his honour a David Lilienthal Fund which annually will organize a David Lilienthal Lecture 'about all things Jewish'.

To the program, the photographs, the video recordings of the speeches, the lecture and the music. (All spoken text is in Dutch).