2016 Annual Report
Dear Friends,
Former Israeli Prime Minister, Itzhak Rabin often likened peacebuilding among Israelis and Palestinians to jumping from a second story window onto a galloping horse.  Today, endemic violence in the Middle East, rising xenophobia in the United States and entrenchment by Israeli and Palestinian politicians further complicate peace-building in the Holy Land.
Despite 2016's difficult environment, JPB advanced in every area of operations: summer leadership institutes, experiential travel, in-school programming, funding-raising and income.  Among JPB's 2016 highlights were: launching the new Service-Learning and EXCEL summer programs, organizing four group excursions to the Holy Land, initiating leadership training in three Jerusalem-area schools, and generating income in excess of $370,000.
What accounts for 2016's achievements?  Rabin's image of peace-building provides the answer.  Advances require planning, determination and auspicious timing.  JPB constantly works to improve our interfaith programs and partnerships.  2016's growth demonstrates how attention to the quality of our products and our relationships generates the right opportunities and determines the best timing in a difficult environment.  Essential to this has been Stuart Kensinger's leadership in Houston, Jack Karn's full-time presence in Jerusalem and regular trips to the Holy Land.

Fr. Nicholas with a participant during the  first-ever EXCEL  adult program

Fr. Nicholas and Stuart Kensinger with an active JPB alum in Jerusalem

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At the heart of this strategy and achievement stands a clear vision: a world where Jews, Christians and Muslims live together as sisters and brothers in dignity, equality and peace.  The method and purpose of all our operations - for youth and adults alike - foster that vision by fostering a new family of Abrahamic leaders who are committed to each other and to building peaceful and just societies in Israel, Palestine and the United States.
In early 2016, JPB became independent from Kids4Peace.  Twelve months later, our integrated strategy involving in-school trainings, educational travel, summer institutes and adult-learning has brought us to "the tipping-point".  Now we must attract major funding, recruit additional staff, and build the organizational infrastructure necessary to leverage our new capacity.
Rabin was right.  Peace-building is like jumping from a second story window onto a galloping horse.  It requires planning, determination and auspicious timing.  You pushed us to take the leap in 2016, and in so doing you brought JPB and the renewed promise of peace into the lives of hundreds of future leaders.
Thank you!  We are grateful for your involvement and support.

(The Rev. Canon) Nicholas T. Porter+
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Service-Learning Institute participants visit the UNHQ in New York City


During his recent trip to the Holy Land, JPB arranged for Armenian artist and program alum, Shoghig Shahanian, to meet Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. In the fall of 2016, Shoghig painted two watercolor paintings of Jerusalem for the Pope and ABC that were presented as gifts to the two leaders during a JPB trip to the Vatican. 
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PGOs enhance quality and transparency of programs
JPB's purpose
is to foster a new Abrahamic family of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders who are committed to each other and to building peaceful and just societies in Israel, Palestine and the United States.
Interfaith reunion with JPB 
alums in Jerusalem
JPB's goal is to empower members of this intentional family with skills, relationships, and support to be effective leaders, active societal change-agents and peace-builders.

JPB's objectives are three-fold:

1).  To develop greater personal awareness, self-expression, good-will, and initiative in each participant through community engagement and service.

2). To deepen participants' experience of shared, interdependent responsibility for human welfare through engagement with faith communities and non-profit organizations addressing pressing social issues.

3). To connect participants' inner-knowledge, compassion, and courage with interpersonal skills, peer relationships and transformational experiences through intensive leadership training.

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Your generous involvement ensures a more peaceful future for the peoples of the Holy Land
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Stuart & Angie Kensinger
Spaulding Family Foundation
EXCEL adult participants engage in 
small group dialogue
Joe & Gail Adams
Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
Robert & Elizabeth Bickham
Chaney Family Charitable Fund
Houston Endowment Inc.
Dr. Jim & Betty Key
Meek Foundation
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Order of St. John Priory in the USA
John & Connie Wallace

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Silvia Barnes & James Trimble
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Susan Feickert
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Greg & Dawn Robins
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Ed & Phyllis Svrcek
Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport, CT
John Vogel
Randa & KC Weiner
James Williams
Susan Vance Williford
Wilmot Wheeler Foundation Inc.
JPB pilgrims in Jerusalem during a fall pilgrimage to the Holy Land

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Meeting JPB Leadership program students at the Dar Al-Maarefa School

JPB young adult pilgrims tour the Armenian Quarter in the Old City
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