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.
Co-Founder and Vice President
Nicholas T. 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.
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 a Chaplain Intern at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
Nora El Zokm is an educational consultant specializing in youth education in fragile contexts with a background in negotiation and conflict resolution. She has over five years of experience as a conflict resolution practitioner with an additional five years spent working on educational programs in Jerusalem and in Syrian camps in Jordan. Nora's work in conflict resolution has spanned from her tenure as a mediator in the New York City court system, where she worked on local family and juvenile justice disputes, to the facilitation of a workshop for women peacebuilders in the MENA region, which was aimed at increasing their capacities in negotiation and mediation. Her academic profile consists of an M.Sc. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University, a B.A. in Political Science from New York University and a number of professional certificates in conflict resolution methodologies.
David Wantland is a Lead Educator with Jerusalem Peacebuilders based in Houston, TX, where he also works as the Curate at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. It was as a result of interfaith experiences that David experienced a call to ordained ministry and he loves exploring how faith informs work for peace. Pedagogically, David especially enjoys using poetry and art to expand conversations around conflict transformation. David holds a BA in French Literature with a focus in post-colonial studies from Furman University and a MDiv from Duke University.
Sarah Perle Benazera 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
Yardena Prawer 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.
Hannah Kass is the Program Assistant of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Based in Houston, Hannah supports JPB with administrative tasks, communications, and program coordination. She completed her B.A. in English and Jewish Studies at Smith College and just finished an accelerated M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining JPB, Hannah was a summer intern at Holocaust Museum Houston in 2017 and was active in Israel advocacy work as an undergraduate student.