JPB teens, staff, and educators invited you to help us sing our song, and you responded with a robust chorus! Your generosity exceeded $135,000 that will make possible our work with Israeli high school educators, Israeli, Palestinian and American teens, and Palestinian women. Thank you – you are changing lives and fueling peace. Joe & Gail Adams Sarah Ago Jere Ahrens Rebecca Anderson Imam Bilal Ansari Mark Anschutz Eugenia Ardrey Susan Baker Michael Barry Christopher Beeley C
A year ago, JPB recognized a huge gap in Middle East peacebuilding. We learned that while multiple programs serve youth, established professionals and the elderly – few exist for university-educated Palestinian women, ages 24 – 36. Working together with two top Palestinian consultants. We have now designed an exceptional modular, three-year program entitled My Choice Women’s Leadership and Economic Empowerment Initiative. The interfaith program will empower twenty participant
JPB Alum and former Staff, Nadia Abu Ata, joins JPBLD in Jerusalem as a Volunteer. Nadia is one of our oldest, active alumni and served as a summer staff member several years ago. She will be key in helping support our in-school programs in and around the Holy City. Welcome back Nadia!
Recently, JPB Alum, Abdullah, shared about his life and experience in JPB at Temple Beth El in Stamford, CT. Abdullah joined JPB several years ago and has many stories to tell. He speaks candidly and from the heart. Amazing leadership! Click here to watch the event.
After lots of hard work, the next Porter Fellow, Linford Ranck, arrived safely in Jerusalem last fall. Linford is serving at St. George's College Jerusalem as part of a partnership with JPB, the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Each week, he spends a day volunteering with us to support our in-school and alumni programming. We are so glad he's there!
Fr. Nicholas returns to Houston during the week of February 13. Along with a JPB pilgrims’ gathering, his scheduled public events include preaching at St. Thomas’ Episcopal School, teaching on peace with Rabbi Steve Morgan at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, and giving the inaugural lecture for the Stuart Kensinger Series on peacebuilding and leadership at St. John’s School. Please visit the websites of these leading institutions for details about how to attend in-person or online
As part of the Israeli Ministry of Education Diplomacy Major for high school students, each year, a series of Summit Days are held at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv during the World Press Photo Exhibition. Since 2017, JPB and JPBLD Senior Educator, Sarah Benazera, have been supporting and leading Summit Days. Funded in part by the US Embassy in Israel, the events include multiple days of impactful icebreakers, activities, workshops, dialogue, and tours at the museum. The
On 26 December 2021, we were greeted by the sad news of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s death. A Christian peacebuilder who believed that all people were equally children of God, he helped lead the successful anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. His courage led him to be attacked, tear-gassed and arrested. His belief in forgiveness led him to establish the groundbreaking Truth and Reconciliation Commission for restorative – rather than retributive – justice in a new multirac
The fall progressed well in Houston, with JPB Program Director, The Rev. Deacon Jack Karn, advancing key relationships with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities and schools. In-school leadership courses were offered at St. Cecilia Catholic School (SCCS) and ILM Academy, while the Interfaith Youth Houston (IYH) program met virtually and in-person for two dynamic interfaith events. In-school sessions explored topics of identity, communication, conflict resolution. The IYH
JPB's Israeli affiliate, JPB Leadership Development, is pleased to welcome Vallie Rourke Miller and Zak Adileh to the team. As the Jerusalem Regional Co-Directors, Vallie and Zak will oversee the program's direction, content, and administration - bringing experience, heart, and passion to the organization and its programs. Upon their hire, they offered these words: "I feel honored to have found a place where I can bring my whole identity into the work - while leading others i