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September 3, 2019

At 21 years old, Jiries Elias is an impressive young man. He is in his second year of law school at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was a JPB camper when he was 15 years old and then returned twice as a counselor after turning 18. And though he had very different experiences in his three summers, he credits Jerusalem Peacebuilders  with helping to shape his personality.

JPB was his first encounter with peace and leadership programs, his first attempt at discussing pol...

August 22, 2019

Between July 21-29, in partnership with Retorika for Multiculturalism, the University of Cambridge, and the Oranim Academic College of Education, JPB operated the second-ever EXCEL Institute for 22 outstanding Israeli Jewish and Arab teachers. The program featured a mix of workshops on peacebuilding, English language curriculum design, dialogue, touring, and cross-cultural exchange. Accredited by the Israeli Ministry of Education, participants returned to Israel and are now enga...

April 20, 2019

On April 30, JPB's band of 22 pilgrims from New England and Texas arrive in Jerusalem to begin our annual pilgrimage.  Our encounter with the Lord God, together with the peoples and history of the Holy Land, will take us though central Israel, the Galilee, the West Bank and Jerusalem.  The journey together promises to change our lives. Please pray for our insight and safety by joining us with these words of the Methodist minister, Leslie Weatherhead (1893 - 1976):

O Christ o...

April 14, 2019

Summer 2019 is shaping up to be yet another record-breaking summer for JPB, with five summer institutes scheduled to launch for youth and adults in July and August.  In total, we received more than 210+ applications and are expecting approximately 125 participants (Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Druze) to attend our programs. The Summer Institutes include highly qualified teens from over twenty schools across the Holy Land, of which several are current partners with JPB in offer...

April 10, 2019

Executive Director, Fr. Nicholas and capstone intern, Tamam, lead experiential learning at Episcopal Church in Connecticut’s Spring Training for Clergy.

April 10, 2019

In late-February, JPB joined the United Religions Initiative (URI) as a Cooperation Circle. URI's work focuses on bridging differences between people of all beliefs, creating community, and solving local and global challenges. Joining URI has been a longtime goal, as it helps JPB connect with other interfaith organizations and peacebuilders across the USA, Middle East, and world. Through URI, we will be able to share updates about our work, participate in joint peacebuilding pro...

April 6, 2019

JPB was represented at the recent Project ECHO Immersion training session by JPB volunteer, Dr. Danna Kurtin. At this training she had an opportunity to explain the JPB program to a diverse group of healthcare workers and educators.

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, where they live. The ECHO model dramatically increa...

April 5, 2019

Surviving descriptions of Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land date from the fourth century.  If you are a Confrère of the Order of St John and missed JPB's 2019 pilgrimage to Jerusalem, you are invited to join centuries of pilgrims who have made this journey next May (2020).

In partnership with JPB, the pilgrimage will be led by The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter, KStJ.  Pilgrims will visit not only Jerusalem and The St John Eye Hospital, but also Bethlehem, the Jordan R...

April 1, 2019

On March 31, JPB convened 30 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim teens and adults from across Houston to give their time and talents volunteering at the local nonprofit organization, Houston Food Bank.  The Houston Food Bank leads the fight against hunger in Houston by distributing food donations to needy families that would otherwise go to waste. As America's largest food bank, the Food Bank distributes 122 million nutritious meals through its network of 1,500 community partners in s...