Despite all odds, in August, JPB's Israeli affiliate, JPB Leadership Development (JPBLD) successfully operated four leadership and peacebuilding programs for youth and adults near Tel Aviv and in East Jerusalem. The three summer youth institutes engaged teens between ages 14-18, while our EXCEL Institute for adults focused on training Israeli teachers working in local high schools. The youth institutes were held at the Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS) in Rama
Coinciding with the launch of our summer institutes for youth and adults in the Holy Lands last August, JPB led an online Foundations Institute with our longtime partners Kids4Peace Boston (K4PB). The joint program successfully brought together eight American, Israeli, and Palestinian youth and adults for a powerful week of learning peacebuilding skills and dialogue. We were also joined by three of our amazing Jewish, Christian, and Muslim alumni for a special panel discussio
After finishing high school, seasonal jobs, and working with our Summer Institutes, JPB Alumni and Staff are off to start their university studies around the globe! We say goodbye to our two amazing Program Assistants (PA) Duna Milhem and Thea Porter. They excelled in supporting our in-school programs in Houston and across the Holy Lands, as well as our Summer Institutes near Tel Aviv. Like them, many other promising alumni continue their journey of learning, growth, and peac
There are three exciting opportunities to hear from JPB's Executive Director and star Alum, Abdullah, this month! First, join us online on Thursday, October 14 for a special evening of sharing inspiring stories. The event, The Children of Abraham: Sharing Stories, Sharing Lives, is sponsored by the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and will feature four interfaith ministries and their stories of transformational relationship-building. Second, join us in person on Wednesday, Oct
JPB was recently awarded a grant of $20,000 from the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont to support our summer and fall programs. The funds are being used to promote healing among youth and educators following the fighting and violence in May. We are grateful for their generous support!
JPB's own Duna Milhem, was recently featured in United Religions Initiative's (URI) Circles of Light event last month. A longtime alum and recent staff member, Duna shares her powerful story and journey of transformation with the world. Watch it here!
JPB welcomes its newest team member, Aline Masengesho, as a Program Assistant (PA) this month! Aline joins us through our key partnership with Second Day - an organization which helps recruit and place talented young professionals with organizations like JPB. Aline will be assisting JPB remotely, as she continues her final year of studying for a BA Political Science and Global Studies. Check out her full bio here.
Back in May, Sweden's leading newspaper Dagens Nyheter. covered JPB, and then in August, Makan News in Israel spotlighted the EXCEL Institute. Dagens Nyheter wrote about JPB and our efforts to keep our community connected during the war. And after the EXCEL Institute in Jerusalem, one participant was interviewed on the nightly Makan News broadcast. These international press opportunities help us reach a wider audience with our important peacebuilding work. Check out more of