REFLECTION FROM ALUM NICHOLAS LEVY: Numerous tools, many new friends, and tons of memories
My name is Nicholas Levy and I am an 18 year old senior, from Netanya, Israel, originally from Brazil. I joined JPB because I wanted to gain knowledge about my neighbors from different backgrounds, learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict according to different narratives, and of course, because I wanted to make new friends! Over the last two years, I have attended two JPB Summer Institutes: Interfaith Citizenship (TX) and Leadership (VT).
JPB provided me with numerous tools, such as storytelling, empathy, how to challenge my own narrative, and so many more it would take me pages to explain. JPB gifted me with many new friends who I wouldn't have gotten the chance to meet if it wasn't for the program. Moreover, JPB has obviously given me tons of memories, experiences and challenges that made me grow and have many laughs and tears. Today, I'm in the 12th grade, and I'm organizing a Model United Nations conference at my school, which will discuss various urgent topics from the Tension in the Strait of Hormuz to the Amazon fires.
"I believe JPB is extremely important because it provides teens
from Israel and Palestine a unique opportunity to truly connect
and to really learn how to love one another... JPB helps us
create true peace."
I believe JPB is extremely important because it provides teens from Israel and Palestine a unique opportunity to truly connect and to really learn how to love one another. It helps us build this new generation which is far more aware of the different narratives there are regarding the conflict and its repercussions. JPB helps us create true peace.