All systems are go for what Jerusalem Peacebuilders does best - a summer of exceptional interfaith peace institutes. Over one hundred youth and adult participants are packing their bags, and the staff are fine-tuning the curricula. In their preparations, each honors JPB's commitment to a new generation of Israeli, Palestinian and American leaders.
On April 22, our dear friends and fellow JPB co-founders, Angela and Stuart Kensinger died in a tragic airplane accident. Since that dark day, people continually ask us, "What will happen to JPB's summer programs?" Our answer is simple: JPB's commitment to Mid-East peacebuilding remains vital and undaunted. Now, we ask you to pledge support for our five summer institutes.
Events in the Holy Lands continue to drive most Israelis and Palestinians apart. T
hanks to you and our many local partners,
JPB offers a real alternative.
Indeed, our four summer youth institutes in Connecticut, Texas and Vermont are oversubscribed, as is our new interfaith teacher-training program at Cambridge University in England.
Most participants come from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, the Negev, Gaza or the Golan. Some are Jews, some are Christians, some are Muslims or Druze. All come committed to peace.
JPB's intensive summer institutes build on that commitment. Our curriculum empowers diverse and highly motivated Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze participants to reject being passive objects of history and to become co-creators of inclusive democracies that honor life and liberty. Helping them to discover the necessary vision, character and qualities within themselves is how we translate our commitment to peace into equipping tomorrow's leaders for action.
Will you help us to further peace
? Yes, 105 promising teachers and young leaders have been selected, the daily programming crafted and qualified counselors recruited, but 75 Israeli and Palestinian teens still need financial sponsorship at the cost of
$2,500 per participant.
Please help us further peace by sponsoring a young leader or by making a gift of $500 or $1,000 to defray the costs of housing, meals, transportation and staffing.
Bless these young leaders with opportunity, and join us in an undaunted commitment to peace.
(The Rev. Canon) Nicholas and Dorothy Porter
Co-Founders, Jerusalem Peacebuilders