You will notice we updated the look of our newsletter to offer a more streamlined version, while providing you with in-depth stories detailing the ongoing work and new initiatives your continued support allow JPB to do. We hope you like it!
JPB acknowledges its profound debt of gratitude to the financial management firm of Kensinger Donnelly for its devoted 10 years of pro-bono work for JPB and the advancement of peace in the Holy Lands. As JPB grows, however, we are now in the search process for a new financial office to handle our bookkeeping and financial services.
JPB welcomes Karen Lamb as our new Volunteer Communications Consultant. Karen is originally from Chicago but has spent the majority of her life on the East Coast of the United States and abroad. She has lived in New York City, Washington DC, London, and Paris. She received her MA in English literature from St John's University, and completed her PhD work (All-But-Dissertation) at City University of New York. Professionally, she has worked at the Financial Times, Eurofinanc
JPB welcomes its newest Program Assistant in the Middle East, alumna Duna Milhem. Duna first joined JPB as a student in 2017. She believed then, as she does now, that it is vital for the communities of the Holy Lands to work together in order to promote peace. Duna remained a participant with JPB until 2019, and then transitioned to be part of our organization, working as a Residential Assistant in the summer of 2020, the same year she graduated from high school. During hig
"If you can find hope there, you can find hope anywhere” was the immediate response from JPB’s newest board member when asked what drew him to JPB’s mission in the Holy Lands. Imam Dr. Bilal Ansari, or Imam Bilal, knows about hope, as he has dedicated his professional life to the prospect of restoring it to, and caring for, the poor and the marginalized. Imam Bilal credits this dedication to his early childhood, and the direct influence of his extended family. In his format
The rose-red city of Petra, desert castles overlooking Arabia, majestic Mount Nebo, and the ever inspiring holy sites of Jerusalem – Jerusalem Peacebuilders is offering a unique opportunity for JPB family and friends to experience the peoples, lands, history and faiths at the core of our mission to build peace and interfaith reconciliation. The pilgrimage will be led by JPB Founding Director, The Rev’d Canon Nicholas Porter, an Arabist with an MA in Middle East Studies who ha
“Exceeded our expectations” was the feedback from the US Embassy with regard to the successful conclusion of the 2021 World Press Photo Exhibit Summit Days. This year’s Summit Days included over 1,000+, 10th grade students from over 70+ schools throughout the Holy Lands participating in the two-month program. The program functions as part of the Diplomacy Major in Israeli high schools. JPB Senior Educator and Curriculum Advisor, Sarah Perle Benazera, with financial support f
Demonstrating JPB’s impact-in-action, alumnus Oren Gian was one of two civilians invited to speak at a February 2021, United Nations Security Council Middle East session. The Honorable Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative for the Secretary General began the meeting by drawing attention to current challenges affecting the ongoing peace initiatives, as well as the significant hardships facing the region due to COVID-1
In 2011, JPB began its mission of advancing interfaith understanding and training tomorrow’s leaders with a single ten-day summer camp. Eleven teen participants responded. In 2020, our robust year-round programming attracted 2,382 Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians – both youth and adults. Today, JPB stands among the most respected and dynamic international non-profit organizations working with youth and educators in the Holy Lands. JPB’s Board launched the Second Decade F
JPB’s commitment to, and passion for, peacebuilding will not be de-railed! Locations for all JPB Summer Institutes in the Holy Lands have been secured, applications are arriving, and potential staff facilitators are being recruited and interviewed. Despite the numerous and varied uncertainties and impediments arising from COVID-19, the increased emotional and logistical demands of an already challenging teaching workload, rising tensions resulting from isolation and lock-down