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Program Overview:


JPB’s summer institutes offer engaged youth a transformational, interfaith experience that fosters a new generation of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Druze leaders, committed to each other and to building peaceful and just societies in Israel, Palestine and the United States.  While the focus is on peacebuilding and leadership development, the social experience that results from bringing these participants together is an integral part of the program.


JPB programs support participants in building bridges across differences that promote lasting relationships. Each institute provides young people with the opportunity to learn about other parts of the world, different faith traditions, and themselves through a specialized curriculum. JPB’s unique model equips young people with the tools they need to become effective leaders and peacebuilders.


We believe just and lasting peace is created by critically engaging with the difficult topics facing our world today. Core to our program is the examination of social justice issues in the USA and Middle East, with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically Jerusalem.


Program Locations and Dates:

Service Institute for 15-16 year olds, New Haven, Connecticut

August 1 - 11*

Diplomacy Institute for 16-17 year olds, Geneva, Switzerland

July 23 - 31

*Middle East Participants return home a day after the conclusion of the the program

Program Costs:


Each Middle East participant is required to pay for the cost of their ESTA ($21 USD) and airfare to/from the USA ($1,550 USD). JPB pays for all housing, meals, ground transportation and program. Limited partial scholarships are available.


Each American participant is required to pay for their airfare to/from the program and tuition ($1,350 USD). JPB pays for all housing, meals, ground transportation and program.

Program Flyer:


Check out the program flyer for this summer below in English, Arabic, or Hebrew:

2024 Summer Institute Application

Application Deadline:

The deadline for Middle East participant applications is March 1, 2024. The deadline for American participant applications is May 1, 2024. Once all programs are filled, a waitlist will be created in case of participants dropping out of the program. Our application process is competitive and we strongly encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.


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