June 2015 Newsletter    
Dear Friends,

Every night, across the world, Jews, Christians and Muslims pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Every year, Jerusalem Peacebuilders transforms young Israeli, Palestinian and American leaders into tomorrow's peacemakers.


During July and August, our intensive, co-ed, interfaith program will equip over 70 teens to discover within themselves the faith, loyalty, sense of self, and compassion needed to lead their societies toward peace and inclusive democracy.

What makes our programs unique? Our emphasis on cultural diversity and religious peace-building tools allows participants to move beyond binary paradigms. Working with Kids4Peace, the School for International Training and Voices of September 11th allows us to reach more young leaders at an earlier age for longer periods of time. 

Reunion with Boston alums

Among our most important partners is you. None of this impact and opportunity would be possible without your friendship, trust and generosity. You are an architect and builder of a new Jerusalem.


Jerusalem Peacebuilders' leadership budget is $148,000 and includes:

  • a two-week, intensive summer leadership camp ($45,000)
  • two new youth peace-building programs in the Holy Land ($24,000)
  • a new young-professionals leadership program near Jerusalem ($50,000)
  • program coordinator to assist Jerusalem partners ($12,000)
Please invest in this year's courageous, young leaders.  Your gift will establish new peace-building platforms in the Holy Land and give hope to new families.

Donation cheques should be payable to "Kids4Peace - Leadership Camp" and sent to Kids4Peace International, 3300 Chimney Rock, Suite 301, Houston, TX 77056. Our fiscal sponsor, Kids4Peace International, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible (EIN 20-5419759).


Help us transform today's young leaders into tomorrow's peacemakers.




Nicholas and Dorothy Porter



JPB and Jericho youth meet for 
t eam-building workshop


Because the Future of Jerusalem is the Future of the World
  Jerusalem Report   
God light in Church of the Holy Sepulchre
On our second journey to the Holy land this year, we were blessed with a whole host of program, staff and resource development opportunities. Executive Director, The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter, engaged staff and participants to strengthen JPB's new pilot programs in Jerusalem and central Israel, while also conducting graduate-level qualitative field research with peace-building and youth leadership professionals. 
Consulting with renowned
peace-builder, Hanna Bitar
JPB's Assistant Camp Directors, Jack Karn (Brattleboro) and Tamika Evans (Houston), joined our Kids4Peace partners for an insightful week of programming, including a visit to Ramallah, camping at the Dead Sea, and a two-day professional development conference near Bethlehem.
We joined families and participants of the Jerusalem Project for a beautiful day visiting the Monastery of St. George and hiking along an ancient canyon trail down to Jericho for  an afternoon with a local interfaith youth group and an audience with the Governor of Jericho. The governor expressed his full support for the interfaith work of JPB - a sincere and affirming gesture of hope for peace between all Israelis and Palestinians.
Meeting the Governor of Jericho
We accomplished much on our trip, reminding us of the power of our mission  to bring hope to all peoples in Israel and Palestine.
~ Jack Karn

Praying for Peace

Pray not for Arab and Jew

for Palestinian or Israeli but 

Pray rather for ourselves 

that we might not divide

them in our prayers

but keep them both together

in our hearts.

Because the Future of Jerusalem is the Future of the World

Interfaith Ambassador 
Initiative Grant

In April, The Episcopal Diocese of Vermont awarded JPB a "Stirrings of the Spirit" grant to launch the Interfaith Ambassadors Initiative (IAI).  This $5,000 grant will underwrite the promotion of Mid-East education and interfaith programming for Vermonters, especially those in smaller towns.


The IAI has two areas of operation - summer camps and outreach education.  At the camps in Houston and Brattleboro, the grant supports coordinated programing that includes interaction and learning with rabbis, ministers and imams along with environmental educators for deeper spiritual consciousness, interfaith understanding and awareness of the earth and human responsibility.


What would IAI's community outreach look like?  Perhaps it is an afternoon session on Middle East issues led by the JPB team in a church-hall or perhaps an organized visit to the leadership camp in Brattleboro to speak with rabbis and imams about their faith and hopes.  Perhaps it is a Sunday-morning presentation in church by campers for families about the transformational power of the JPB-K4P camps or an over-night summer camp visit by a youth group to meet Israeli and Palestinian teens.

JPB facilitated dialogue between Emanu-El 
and Beit Safafa women's groups

JPB is grateful to the Diocese of Vermont for its support of our mission and partnership with K4P.  The JPB team is already working directly with four parishes to identify the type of experience that they seek in order to engage in peace-building in the Holy Land and connect with other local faith-communities for common action, leadership and societal progress. 
Jerusalem friends
View from the Monastery of St. George

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Donation cheques should be payable to
"K4P Int. - Leadership Camp"
and sent to:
Kids4Peace International, 
3300 Chimney Rock, Suite 301, 
Houston, TX 77056 USA

JPB's fiscal sponsor, Kids4Peace Int., Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (EIN 20-5419759) and all donations are tax-deductible

Hiking with teens to Jericho


2015 Summer Camp Dates:

  Brattleboro: July 21- August 2
  Houston: August 5 - August 16  
Because the Future of Jerusalem is the Future of the World