The hearts of every teen, every parent, every educator belonging to the JPB family are overflowing with gratitude. In November, December and early January, the JPB Giving Tuesday and Winter Holiday Appeal received a tremendous response. One hundred and fourteen (114) friends from around the world invested $83,000 in JPB's interfaith leadership and peacebuilding programs.
Thank you for your loyalty and for your generosity.
These gifts and expressions of support for peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Lands come at a crucial time. Since 2018, the U.S. Government has all but eliminated aid to hospitals, schools and humanitarian organizations working with Palestinians. Peacebuilding programs were specifically targeted, and many such organizations now find themselves with an uncertain future.
Because Jerusalem Peacebuilders receives no government funding, our programming remains fully intact. However, these cuts deeply affect the environment in which we operate. Amid tensions involving Israeli elections and the Old City of Jerusalem, there are increasingly limited opportunities for Israeli and Palestinian peace-seekers to find each other. The resulting isolation only fosters hate and pushes the horizon of peace further away.
Rather than retreat, JPB is actively creating ways to respond. This summer will see pilot programs for Jewish and Arab parents in the Holy Lands as well as for Israeli high school teachers in England. Sustained visits to Jerusalem this spring will seek to forge better cooperation with partners old and new. And we are finding ways to include many from the flood of student and staff applications in our Connecticut, Texas and Vermont summer institutes.
Without you, without you beside us, none of this would be possible. Once again, our work together is showing itself to be invaluable. Thank you for investing in peace.
Peace, Shalom, Salaam,
The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter
Executive Director, Jerusalem Peacebuilders
THANK YOU TO OUR GIVING TUESDAY AND HOLIDAY APPEAL DONORS!
Your support expands JPB's impact in 2019
Gail & Joe Adams
Jennifer Barth & Thomas Panitz
Barbara & Robert Betancourt
Elise & Arthur Burrows
Deborah Stewart Canedy
Christ Church Cathedral
Marcia Dowdy Coe
Yvonne & John Cosgrove
Sigun & Joseph Coyle
Kim Woolsey Craig
Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
Anthony van Daalen
Gabrielle & Barry Dennison
Felicia De Dominicis & Gary Flynn
Dr. & Mrs. Scott Dorfman
Ann & Thomas Ely
James Follett & Robert Pelosi
Jane & Tim Hunt
Tracy & Brian Kapiloff
Deena & R
Gretchen & John Kidder
& Torsten Barsch
Kurtz Family Foundation
Shannon & Jamie Mann
Anne F Mallonee
Sylvia & C
Marcy & Edmund McElroy
Samuel W. Meek
Alexa & Charles Mosteller
Kristen & Amer Nimr
Missy & Samuel Palmisano
Jo & Howard Parks
Julie & John Potter
Jennifer & Patrick Robinson
James Milton Rosenthal II
Elizabeth & Arthur Schmidt
Norma & Mel Shakun
Jennifer & Christopher Smith
Jean & Peter Smith
Spaulding Family Foundation
Kendall Crolius & Stephen Stout
Eileen & Roy Strasser
JPB participants in Houston last summer during the Interfaith Citizenship Institute
Laetitia Guest Oppenheim
The 1911 Trust Company LLC
Tejas Orthopedic & Sports Medicine
Cynthia & Richard Tharpe
Mary & Don Tobin
Cindy & Dick Trask
James "Jay" Traynor
Trinity Church, Shelburne, VT
Trinity Church, Southport, CT
Two B's Accessories Inc.
Van Wie Family Foundation
Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
Windham World Affairs Council, Inc
IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS IN THE HOLY LAND GROW
JPB welcomed in multiple different regions
Across the Holy Land, JPB's In-school Leadership and Peacebuilding programs continue to find new homes and committed partners. In January, JPB led programs in four of its partner schools in the Galilee, including St. Joseph School and Seminary, Latin Patriarchate School of Reineh,
Afaq High School in Kfar Manda
, and our newest addition, the
Nazareth Baptist School
. This spring, our programs will engage high school students in other partner schools such as the
Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem
Jerusalem School of Bethlehem
Tabeetha School in Jaffa
Al Qasemi High School in Baqa Al-Gharbiyyah
Sharet School in Netanya
The programs feature a unique, experiential curriculum exploring topics of leadership, identity, communication, understanding conflict, and conflict resolution. With hundreds of teens participating during the 2018-2019 School Year, JPB's reach for systemic social change through education is that much closer.
INTERFAITH YOUTH GROUP LAUNCHED IN HOUSTON
Teens activated for service, leadership, and peacebuilding
Jewish and Christian teens serve
meals to the needy
In December of last year, JPB launched an exciting new domestic program in Houston, TX. Dubbed Interfaith Youth Houston (IYH), the group brings American Jewish, Christian, and Muslim youth together for service-projects, leadership training, dialogue, and interfaith understanding. Our flagship event "Mitzvah Day" was held at JPB's partner synagogue in the city,
Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism
, in which over 40+ teens participated in making bracelets for veterans, learning about Judaism and Mitzvah, and sharing a pizza lunch.
Our second event "Beacon Day" focused on learning about Christianity and service with a visit to one of JPB's partner churches,
Christ Church Cathedral
, followed by a service-project at
of preparing and serving meals, washing clothes, and handing out donations to the hungry and homeless. This spring, JPB plans to hold two more events focused on volunteering at the
Houston Food Bank
and visiting a local mosque during Ramadan. In addition to launching new in-school programs, IYH helps bolster our presence and impact in the city.
Read about our event at the Beacon in the Jewish Herald Voice!
EXCEL INSTITUTE RETURNS FOR 2019
Adult program in the UK focuses on developing teachers
After the launch of our
adult peacebuilding program in Summer 2016, the EXCEL Institute returns this summer with a new home and adapted focus. Organized in partnership with St. Catharine's College of the University of Cambridge, Oranim Academic College of Education, and Retorika for Multiculturalism, the program will bring together twenty Jewish and Arab teachers from Israel for an intensive training program. EXCEL's revised curriculum will combine its signature peacebuilding focus with English language training for implementation in the Israeli classroom. The institute will host a cadre of renowned educators and linguists, such as Dr. Paula Green of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, Professor Norbert Schmitt of the University of Nottingham, and Dr. Elisheva Barkon.
Come volunteer and support our work!
UPCOMING JPB SPEAKING EVENTS
Come learn and be inspired!
INVEST IN PEACE
"JPB can change the way we think about conflict.
I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world."
Help us raise the next generation of peacebuilders.
Now more than ever the world needs them.
Please donate securely online or make your donation check payable to
"Jerusalem Peacebuilders" and send it to the following address:
Jerusalem Peacebuilders, Inc.
3300 Chimney Rock, Suite 301
Houston, TX 77056 USA
Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB) is a tax-exempt organization per section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is further classified as a public charity. Donations may be made directly to JPB and deducted under Section 170 of the Code. JPB's federal tax identification number (EIN) is 45-2233148.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING YOUTH PEACEBUILDERS!
Because the future of Jerusalem is the future of the world