Dear Friends,
Six weeks of JPB summer programming ended in August. It was our biggest summer ever, with over 100 American, Israeli and Palestinian teens and staff participating in four separate peace and leadership programs in Connecticut, Texas and Vermont. The results were outstanding, and many teens wrote that this summer was the best of their lives.

In addition, ten pairs of Arab and Jewish teens stayed for two more weeks of learning and bonding in American homes through our new partnership with the  Cyprus Friendship Program .

Our goal is to empower these young people, aged 14 - 19, with the skills, relationships and confidence to be active agents of positive change in their societies. Furthermore, JPB grads become a family of peacebuilders who are committed to one another and to peace. Ample testimony and top university placements speak to the power of what we have created together.

Service-Learning (CT) teens put the finishing touches on the "Painting for Peace" banner
Voyager (TX) teens smile while making Challah bread
At the heart of JPB's approach is the necessity of encounter to transform human relationships and to generate a peaceful future for all the Children of Abraham in the Holy Lands. However, 25 years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, this approach is now under threat from all quarters. ( See NYT article) Ironically, it is the process and benefits of encounter that are urgently needed at this time of deep division and despair.
Walls, laws, hate-speech and violence have created an environment of intransigence and mistrust between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs. Recent changes in American foreign policy, including cuts to funding for education and healthcare, have driven a wedge between the United States and Palestinians. No advance in reconciliation or the peace process has resulted.
Earlier this month, a joint JPB - Order of St. John conference in Jerusalem involving doctors and clergy from around the world was cancelled due to local pressures. The result was a significant loss of international good-will and learning. No doubt, JPB will experience further hostility and disappointment in the months ahead.
Jerusalem Peacebuilders cannot change the past, but we can (and do) help Israelis and Palestinians change what they do with their history. We believe in a future that comes of Arabs and Jews arguing and listening, playing and praying, eating, working and growing together. We believe in the power of encounter.
Thank you for standing beside us as we raise up a new generation of leadership for the Holy Lands.
Peace, Shalom, Salaam,
Canon Nicholas Porter and Stuart Kensinger
Co-Founders, Jerusalem Peacebuilders
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Four interfaith youth programs, one big success story
U.S. Deputy Amb. Cohen addresses 
JPB teens at the US Mission to 
the UN in NYC
This summer, JPB led a record four interfaith leadership and peacebuilding programs, involving over 100 youth and adults. By far, it was our biggest summer ever. The programs featured engaging workshops, guest speakers, dialogues, recreation, field trips, service-projects, and residential living. These unique opportunities to encounter the other examined core program themes such as the hero's journey, service-learning, interfaith citizenship, and leadership. Through visits to refugee resettlement agencies, diplomatic missions, public art projects, museums, environmental conservation efforts, and Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith communities, teens wrestled with societal issues and social justice themes shared by much of the world.

By presenting teens  with opportunities to learn and practice leadership, they gained hands-on knowledge and skills that carry on well into their professional and adult lives. By encountering the needy and lending a helping hand to those affected by violence and natural disaster, they developed a deeper sense of empathy and our shared humanity. Going home, JPB participants continue to struggle with the troubling realities of daily life in America and the Holy Lands.

This fall, JPB is continuing its programming with summer institute participants, affording them opportunities to meet back up and reflect on their amazing summer in the USA. With roughly half of 2018 participants being former alumni, their lasting friendships and commitment to each other grows ever stronger. 
Because the future of Jerusalem is the future of the world

"I believe JPB can change the way we think about  the conflict. 
I'm so excited to be part of this amazing  program and 
wouldn't trade it for anything in the world."  
~2018 Participant

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.
Because the future of Jerusalem is the future of the world
Evidence of the power of encounter
JPB 2018 Promo Video:
JPB 2018 Promo Video: "We are Jerusalem Peacebuilders"
Hear Ieadership Insights from JPB teens
Leadership Insights from JPB teens

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New pilot program in Texas welcomes beginners 
Teens explore "The Golden Rule" as expressed in different religious traditions
New to Summer 2018, JPB added a fourth program to its summer youth institute roster. Increasing demand for quality interfaith youth programming prompted JPB to take the bold step of adding a new program. The Voyager program operated out of Camp Allen in Navasota, TX and hosted 25 youth and adults. Focusing on the theme of "Journey of a Peacebuilder", the Voyager teens enjoyed nine spirit-filled days of workshops, dialogue, recreation, interfaith learning, and field trips into Houston. Highlights include: Ethics workshop, Journey Banner project, visiting the Rothko Chapel, and an overnight at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
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Regional youth reconciliation program offers home-stay opportunities to JPB teens
JPB teens at the U.S. Capital
Unknown to many, the Island of Cyprus continues to experience its own divisive conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Carrying on for decades without progress toward a lasting peace agreement, local and international partners decided to launch reconciliation programs between Cypriot youth to instill the next generation with the knowledge, skills, and relationships to bring about an end to the conflict. 

One such outstanding program is the  Cyprus Friendship Program (CFP) , which approached JPB last fall about expanding its work to reach Israeli and Palestinian teens. JPB accepted CFP's offer to partner, and both organizations proceeded to select JPB teens for the opportunity to extend their time in the USA by participating in CFP's Home-Stay programs in Washington D.C. and New Hampshire.  It was a hit!
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We couldn't do it without your service and support
Special thanks go to Dr. Danna Kurtin for her leadership in 
organizing  JPB volunteers in Texas this summer
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Fall Pilgrimage strengthens partnership with St. John Eye Hospital
JPB and Order of St. John pilgrims in Jerusalem
In early September, JPB Executive Director, Fr. Nicholas Porter led 60 members of the Order of St. John on a day of interfaith exploration in the Old City of Jerusalem.  The group visited the Al-Aksa Complex, the Western Wall, the Mount of Olives, the St. John Eye Clinic in Muristan, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Armenian Convent of SS. James.  JPB and the Order have been partners since 2012, with JPB leading education travel opportunities for the Order to deepen its membership's understanding of the region and its support of the St. John Eye Hospital Group.  Fr. Nicholas has been an active member of the Order since 1996.
Because the future of Jerusalem is the future of the world
Because the future of Jerusalem is the future of the world
Because the future of Jerusalem is the future of the world