Our staff represents multiple generations, identities, and years of experience in the fields of leadership development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Please read our bios to learn about who we are and what we bring to this important work.
Nicholas Porter is the founder and Executive Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. A long time resident of Europe and the Middle East, Nicholas Porter is an educator and Episcopal priest. His academic credentials include: BA in Soviet and Middle Eastern Studies from Yale University, MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University in Cairo, MA in War Studies from the University of London, MA in Divinity (Theology) from Yale University.
Co-Founder and Vice President
Dorothy Porter is the co-founder and Vice President of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She is responsible for fundraising, volunteer-staff recruitment, and quarter-mastering at the camp. Also a long time resident of Europe and the Middle East, Dorothy holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA (London).
Jack Karn is the Program Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders, leading the development of JPB's summer and domestic programming. An experienced educator with a passion for service, Jack has spent more than three years overseas in the Holy Lands teaching leadership and peacebuilding courses in Israeli and Palestinian high schools. Between 2016-2018, he served as a volunteer in Jerusalem and Nazareth with the Young Adult Service Corps program of the Episcopal Church. Jack has also worked as a Program Assistant with World Learning's Youth Programs and the CONTACT Program of SIT Graduate Institute. He holds a BA in History from the University of Maine and an MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from SIT Graduate Institute. Beyond JPB, he serves as Director of Youth Ministries at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX.
Senior Educator & Curriculum Advisor
Sarah Perle Benazera the Senior Educator and Curriculum Advisor of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She is a humanist, peace-activist, storyteller and educator, with years of hands-on experience in international and inter-cultural dialogue working at the people-to-people level for a better Middle East. After studying at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and meeting for the first time Jordanians and Palestinians, Sarah realized that cross-cultural dialogue and peacebuilding were her calling. She worked as a project manager and blog editor at YaLa Young Leaders for five years, developing and running a citizen journalism program. She has also been involved in various peace and cooperation projects, organizing conferences, participating in panels and programs about peace education and cooperation, and working and volunteering with Kid4Peace Jerusalem. She has studied Environmental Studies and Cross-Border Cooperation at Sde Boker and the Arava Institute, as well as Political Philosophy at the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris.
Jerusalem Regional Co-Director
Sarah Aweidah is the Jerusalem Regional Co-Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Born in East Jerusalem, Sarah completed a range of facilitation and conflict transformation courses between 2017-2018. She participated in an educational field trip to Germany studying the tragic causes and effects of the Second World War with the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena. Since then, Sarah has been facilitating conflict transformation dialogues. She is also a tutor in Mathematics, Physics and Hebrew through her study of electrical engineering at Tel Aviv University. Before getting involved in peacebuilding, she worked in the hotel management industry between 2014-2020. Sarah is currently preparing to study for an L.L.B at the Bar Ilan University.
Jerusalem Regional Co-Director
Yardena Prawer is the Jerusalem Regional Co-Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She comes with an extensive background in peacebuilding, education, and group facilitation. She trained as a teacher with Teach First Israel (Hotam חותם) and has supported multiple youth movements. More recently, Yardena taught at the Ziv and Marks School in Jerusalem. She was also instrumental in establishing a pilot conflict resolution program for the Israeli Ministry of Education.
Noelle Boyd is a Program Assistant for Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She is a recent graduate from New York University, having successfully completed a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Global Public Health studies from the College of Arts and Science. In her sophomore and junior years, she served as a mentor for incoming students as part of the College Cohort Program, as well as an RA for the NYU Precollege Program. She has also held other leadership positions such as the e-board Secretary for the African Students Union, Outreach Director for the Christian Interfellowship Council, Site Ambassador during her study abroad experience at NYU Accra, as well as the role of Student Ambassador for the 2019 NYU Israel Insights program and trip to Israel-Palestine. Apart from her semester abroad in Ghana, Noelle's experience abroad in Israel-Palestine with NYU was one of her most memorable and formative student leader experiences, having had the incredible opportunity to travel with a cohort of 25 other student leaders to Israel and the Palestinian territories for a culturally, religiously and politically immersive 10 days. Shortly after graduation, Noelle pivoted her focus to applying her insights from her student experiences on campus, abroad, and in her Christian faith community to her summer 2020 involvements. She has since completed an internship with the Syrian American Medical Society, and was also a program participant in The Fund for American Studies summer cohort as a Leadership Scholar on the International Affairs track. Today, Noelle's focus is to complete a gap year before pursuing a JD/MA degree program in D.C., with a focus on peacebuilding, international law and international affairs.
Thea Porter is a Program Assistant of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She is responsible for assisting in the administration, communication, and program development of JPB in Houston. Thea is a proud alumna of JPB and has previously attended as a youth participant between 2014-2019 before becoming a Residential Assistant in 2020. Having studied abroad at the King’s Academy School in Amman, Jordan, and spending much time in the Holy Lands, Thea has developed a deep, passionate interest in the region and its diversity. Thea has recently graduated from the Loomis Chaffee School, where she received several awards for her Arabic language studies. In her free time, Thea enjoys skiing and playing water polo. In the Fall of 2021, Thea will begin her BA in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of Foreign Affairs.