Dear JPB Family and Friends,


On September 11, 2001, an airplane plowed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center and changed history. The 9/11 attacks sent a message to the world, and they are a message that we have not fully translated or understood. At the most profound level, the 9/11 attacks up-ended power and politics in the Middle East. They not only challenged American dominance in the region but also undermined the Cold War-era state system.


22 years later, we still wrestle with the end of the Cold War-era state system in the Middle East. Today, every country in the region is undergoing a long period of transition. Old paradigms of organization, governance, and control are exhausting themselves while new modalities – still indistinct – arise from the wreckage.


To see this, we have only to look upon the region’s many failed states, shifting alliances, and the current carnage in Southern Israel and Gaza. The situation in the Holy Lands is still painfully unfolding, but we have witnessed enough to know that life will never return to the way it was. Loved ones have died, any intercommunal trust that existed has been shattered, and anger and fear rule the airwaves, internet, and social media. Over a decade of peacebuilding among youth and educators has been reduced to rubble in less than a week.

What will emerge is still shrouded in uncertainty. Peace, security, and shared-society now seem like impossible dreams. And without God’s grace working through the lives and courage of visionary Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs, they will remain impossible dreams. At Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB), our work will now focus on caring for individuals. This will involve active listening, empathy, and multi-partiality as we restore our interfaith JPB family.


Today we mourn with the bereaved, but JPB believes that a new day will eventually dawn and with it, new ways. We intend to prepare for that day by quietly and compassionately caring for hurt and divided family members. We invite you to walk beside us along the narrow path of peace that leads to the rolling waters of justice and the fresh flowing stream of liberty.

Peace, שלום ,سلام

(The Rev. Canon) Nicholas Porter

Founding Director

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In late September, Fr. Nicholas accepted the invitation of the Northwest Academy to visit Northern Ireland and consider relocating one of JPB’s two-week, youth peace and leadership institutes there. Accompanying Fr. Nicholas on the visit was longtime JPB friend and volunteer, Dr. Peter Gascoyne. Read more.


2023 marks the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Geneva, Switzerland. US President Ulysses S. Grant laid the cornerstone of the Church, and today the parish serves the pastoral needs of an array of diplomats, businesspeople, and families from around the world. Read more.


The JPB-Retorika EXCEL Teacher-Training program has won a three-year $150,000 grant initiated by Rotary 2 in San Francisco, California. This grant will provide $50,000 per year for three years to underwrite the EXCEL costs of bringing together Israeli Arab and Jewish High School teachers for cross-cultural training... Read more.


In late June, JPB received news of two generous grants. Each will support our mission of interfaith peace and leadership education. In honor of his late parents, Stuart and Angie Kensinger, Philip Kensinger informed the JPB board of his intention to donate $100,000 over four years to... Read more.


JPB has received numerous requests for recommendations as where to direct charitable relief for the suffering in Israel and Palestine. We recommend that you consider these trustworthy organizations: Read more.

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