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:


Voyager Institute for 14-15 year olds, Navasota, TX, USA

July 31 - August 10, 2022*

Global Voices Institute for 15-16 year olds, Navasota, TX, USA  

July 31 - August 10, 2022*

Interfaith Citizens Institute for 16-17 year olds, Navasota, TX USA

July 31 - August 14, 2022*

Leadership Institute for 17-18 year olds, New Haven, CT, USA

July 31 - August 14, 2022*

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

Due to the current health and safety conditions and border restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, JPB program locations and dates are subject to change. All participants are required to submit record of full vaccination against COVID-19.

Program Costs:


Each Middle East participant is required to pay for the cost of their US Visa and airfare to/from the USA. JPB pays for all housing, meals, ground transportation and program. Limited partial scholarships are available.


Each US participant is required to pay for their airfare to/from the program and  tuition ($1,250.00 USD). JPB pays for all housing, meals, ground transportation and program.


A nonrefundable deposit is required to secure your place in the program. 

Application Deadline:


The deadline for Middle East participant applications is March 15, 2022. The deadline for American participant applications is May 1, 2022. 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.

2022 Summer Institute Application

(American Applicants)

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Applications for Middle East
Participants are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!