|The Jewish Community of
Amsterdam (also referred to by its Dutch acronym: NIHS) is an
orthodox-Ashkenazi congregation, that dates back to 1635. It counts
approx. 3000 members, who support the complete Jewish infrastructure in
the city (including: kashrut, synagogues, mikwah, rabbinate, Sunday
school, social service, cemeteries and subsidies to Jewish elementary
and secondary schools and to youth and student organizations).
Only a small percentage of the Jews in
Amsterdam survived the Holocaust and returned from camps and their
places of hiding to their city, also known in Holland as “ Mokum”
(Hebrew for “city”). The community’s great synagogue-complex (now
home to the Jewish Historical Museum) remained empty and had to be
exchanged for smaller place of worship outside the city center.
The Community is primarily a volunteer
institution, with a small professional staff. The organization is run by
an Executive Board, elected from a body of 30 elected Council members.
The staff is headed by an Executive Director. For specific questions
that are not answered below, you may contact the Jewish community at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jewish Community unfortunately is
not able to provide nor assist in offering legal services (including
visas), housing, and employment, etc.