In March, in partnership with the Interfaith Encounter Association, JPB brought together the Sts. Tarkmanchatz Armenian School and the Hartman High School for Boys of the Shalom Hartman Institute for a rare Christian-Jewish interfaith event. In total, 15 Armenian and 60 Jewish teens participated in the visit in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City.
The two groups met at the entrance of the Armenian Convent and were given an overview of the Armenian people, their Quarter and their culture. A massive icebreaker activity followed, which helped the teens meet and get to know each other.
Armenian Christian and Jewish high school teens are introduced to the Quarter
by the Head of Sts. Tarkmanchatz School, Fr. Norayr Kazazian
The visit continued with Armenian students and JPB program alums leading parts of the tour and a cultural presentation. The first visit ended with soccer matches and a kosher pizza lunch.
JPB leadership program teens lead a presentation on the Armenian people
In May, the schools will hold their a second meeting where teens from the Armenian school will visit students at the Hartman school. After the next meeting, the IEA and JPB plan to continue holding monthly interfaith meetings with interested teens from the two schools.