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Program Overview:
The Service Institute brings together young American, Israeli, and Palestinian teens for a powerful experience of communication and peacebuilding. The program is designed to activate and develop in participants a commitment to serving humanity, and using ones voice through connecting with local faith communities and service providers in New Haven. Teens explore the connections between communication, peace, and religious practice. Service participants engage in intensive, hands-on service projects, speech writing, faith-based exchanges, dialogue sessions on the basic dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and field trips to arts and diplomacy sites.    

Program Locations and Dates:

Service Institute for 15-16 year olds, in New Haven, CT 

August 1 - 11*

*Middle East Participants return home a day after the conclusion of the the program


Program Flyer:


Check out the program flyer for this summer below in English, Arabic, or Hebrew:

For more information on how to apply to the Service Institute, please visit the Apply page of our website. If you have any questions about this program, please write us an email at
Program Photos:
Graduation Day!
Touring the UNHQ in NYC
Delivering a speech
Mosque visit and talk with Imam
Summer friends!
Speech Writing Project
Jewish, Christian, and Muslim friendship
Service-project at IRIS
Painting for Peace project
Torah scroll reading on service
Helping IRIS clients read English
Touring Yale University
Giving speeches on service
Meeting US Sen. Blumenthal
Speech-writing project
Friday Prayers
Historical timelines
Mentoring IRIS youth
Art projects
IRIS service-project
Presenting about JPB at church
Celebrating Shabbat
Sharing perspectives at the UN
IRIS service-project
Meeting Muslim faith leaders
Helping resettle a refugee family
Ropes course
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