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Causes: Arms Control & Peace, Interfaith Coalitions, International, Promotion of International Understanding, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB) is an interfaith non-profit organization with the mission of creating a better future for humanity across religions, cultures, and nationalities. Our programs focus on uniting Israeli, Palestinian and American youth and adults and providing them with the opportunities and skills they need to become future leaders for peace.

Results: Since 2011, over 2,000 youth and adults have been impacted by our programs.

Target demographics: Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Druze peoples

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 125 youth and adults each summer, and over 500 youth during the school year

Geographic areas served: Houston, TX, Brattleboro, VT, New Haven, CT, Jerusalem, Israel, Palestinian Territories

Programs: Leadership and peace education programs during the summer and school year for youth and adults. Alumni follow-up programming, Adult education, and Educational Travel and Pilgimages to the Holy Lands

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to participate in two summer camps with Jerusalem PeaceBuilders. Those two weeks in the past two summer have been the best weeks of my life. From the connections I have built, the intense and thoughtful debates, and stimulating workshops. I’ll be forever grateful for the skills I have learned from the camp. The campers, the staff, and the values will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Khetam K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience in Jerusalem Peacebuilders was a life changing! It helped me to understand myself and the people around me, it made me realize that peace isn’t something impossible to achieve and us- young people can and will achieve it.
Because of Jerusalem PeaceBuilders I had my best moments and best friends and best adventures and I am so proud to be part of it.

Qamar K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Jerusalem Peacebuilders in unforgettable because through them I learned a lot about my self and about humanity , I learned that we should respect everyone no matter what their religion or their language I learned that we should not judge anyone acording to the way they look otherwise we should give them the the opportunity to express their ideas. I’m so lucky to know all the incredible humans which I met in JPB they are my family forever now because
the meaning of a family is much deeper and
far more substantial than that. To me, family is sharing. Family is accepting a person for who they are without judgment of any sort. Family is caring and loving unconditionally . Family is speaking (freely) without the feeling of need to have a mask on your face .
I will always be thankful for this amazing opportunity . ♥️♥️♥️

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jerusalem Peacebuilders has forever changed my life and the way I view it. In 2017 I attended the Serve Learning Program in New Haven, and I’ve experienced one of the most impactful events which tought me how when we break down the barriers and stereotypes in our heads, we can first reach inner peace- then peace with others. Meeting people your age yet with totally different backgrounds, ideologies, stories and perspectives, yet still all striving for the same goal: understanding the conflict and reaching a common ground- teaches you many important things. The most impactful learnings you gain are (in my opinion):
1.Fixing any conflict starts with the two sides addressing the problem with an open mind.
2. Hearing the personal stories of the people on the other side of the conflict is necessary in order to empathize with their situation just like they are supposed to do with your stories.
3.Realizing that a perfect solution might not pop up so start working on being the solution yourself, step by step.
4.Preparing the next generation for an open mind and for the will to change the negative status quo is the key to a better future.
5. We are all humans in the end who seek peace of mind and a comfortable life, so we should pursue that in an open mind and empathy.
Jerusalem Peacebuilders is indeed a wonderful program that prepares young generations to become leaders for a better future.
-Malak

Patrick G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JPB does amazing work bridging together Muslim, Christian, and Jewish teens on all sides of the Arab/Israeli conflict. Very inspiring

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had a strong connection with Jerusalem Peacebuilders for many years and I am so impressed and amazed by their dedication and devotion to its mission. They continue to grow and thrive despite the current political climate. I believe their programs have a long lasting affect on those they serve, support and educate through out the world. I support JPB wholeheartedly!

Abdullah M. S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JPB was an eye-opening experience for me. Coming from the conflict-torn area, Gaza, I have learned about other people that I never met or learned about before. JPB helped me to get to know other people from the different conflict sides and become close friends with them that I care about and consider family. I hope JPB will stay active and train more peacebuilders to care about each other and the future of the holy land.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to provide periodic donations to Jerusalem Peacebuilders since their work is so very important. They work hard to bring people of different religions and diversity together to talk so they realize we are more alike than we are different. The people working with JP are amazingly dedicated and loving. If only more of us were like them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My son participated for two years in JPB. It has certainly affected his personality positively. It opened his eyes to different communities and activities. I loved the fact that they took their phones so that they can communicate effectively and participate fully in the activities that they had. I love their exposure to the three religions. My son learned more about his religion and the other religions as well. It is a great opportunity to build allyhood between people who come from different backgrounds. It's a great peace building program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My journey with Jerusalem Peacebuilders goes back 4 years ago. I was 16 years old. The youngest in the group in Connecticut. I remember not knowing what to expect. And ever since that week and a half with American, Israelis and Palestinians - Christians, Jewish and Muslim. My life and views has changed forever. Living in Israel makes it hard to engage in a dialogue with people which are not like you. While going to MUN conferences I got exposed to different communities and beliefs within my country.
I those MUN conferences I’ve also met JPB. Which was the door to an eye opening experience that have took place in the 4 years. Starting as a participant and ending this recent sumner as a RA.
Jerusalem Peacebuilders will forever be remember this organization that challenged my sympathies ethics and feelings.
In the photo you can see me talking passionately about the organization to volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Jerusalem Peacebuilders at the JPB Leadership Institute in Brattleboro, VT, and also in Jerusalem during my fellowship last year. Palestinian, Israeli, and American teenagers come together to share stories and perspectives in respectful listening, learning critical thinking and perspective and recognizing that multiple things can be true all at once. This subtlety and recognition of different perspectives is a great foundation for peacebuilding and for life generally.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have personally shared time with these remarkable young people as they have come together to get to know each other and develop mutual respect and friendship. And I have helped prepare a meal at a gathering and heard these young people speak and tell their stories and their hope for the future. Peace in the world will come from young people such as these in organizations like Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Mr. K. Wilmington NC

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a participant in the JPB Excel program I saw how powerful their work of bring together people from Palestine and Israel, with Americans, can be. Introducing creative programming techniques, addressing the human interpersonal issues as well as religious and cultural traditions, and making space to contain multiple narratives, JPB does a great job of opening possibilities for peacebuilding.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Jerusalem Peace Builders for the first time last summer, and it was an extraordinary experience! The students who came over from the Holy Land were genuine, fun, and willing to do the hard work of dialogue. I know that it was a transformative experience for them, and it certainly was for me. I worked with trained dialogue leaders and program directors, so I had the opportunity to learn about the actual process of creating true dialogues. The critical foundation of dialogue is helping the participants feel safe to share their authentic feelings and experiences with each other. The only way that this could happen was to create an environment of mutual trust and respect. This was not easy for them since we had Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Holy Land- each with their own perspectives and connections to the issues there. We also had a Christian participant from here who contributed a lot to the dialogues. He mentioned that it was his first time to have the opportunity to get to know people of other faith traditions and from another part of the world . We all learned that building peace is not only hard, slow work, but that this generation of students will be the future leaders who will be committed to making a change towards justice and peace.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This amazing organization's mission is to bring peace to present and future generations in one of the most troubled areas of the world. Every year, Jewish, Muslim and Christian youth from Israel come to camps in the U.S. to learn about one another's religions, to practice inclusion and learn peaceful ways to engage people who might worship differently from them. They also work in the surrounding communities to help the homeless and disadvantaged during their stay at camp. Jerusalem Peacebuilders also takes mission trips to Israel to try to make inroads in school curricula there, as well as to fund other projects which will positively impact people of all faiths there. I have been able to volunteer in the Houston area for the youth that come to camp here. They are wonderful kids who become excited about learning about one another and interested in taking this knowledge back home with them to practice there.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jerusalem Peacebuilders is a wonderful interfaith organization that brings together Israeli, Palestinian, and American youth for the opportunity to learn about each other’s lives, beliefs, and struggles and form lasting friendships. They break down stereotypes and teach communication skills and empathy, showing that we are all more alike than we are different. The hope and belief, of course, is that these young men and women will take their experiences from their participation in the Jerusalem Peacebuilders' programs and help make the world a more tolerant and peaceful place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been sending students to JPB program for the last three years, and the impact has been tremendous. They are building interfaith friendships and developing Israeli-Palestinian youth leaders.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that Jerusalem Peacebuilders is doing to connect American, Israelis, and Palestinians to create a peaceful future is extraordinary. These interfaith programs (summer camps, leadership forums, school programs. etc.) are providing opportunities to build the relationships and develop the skills necessary to achieve that peaceful future. I've attended the summer camps as an observer and I've been amazed at the exchanges I've encountered: stereotypes are altered, bridges built, and relationships begun and deepened. An inspiration!

Board Member

Rating: 5

In a world crying out for compassion, understanding and empathy JPB is needed more than ever. The humanity that is shared by all who are part of JPB will make our world a more just and tolerant home for all of us to share. Everyone who passes through or is a part of this wonderful experience and organization is a better person and human being for having done so. It gives me hope.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jerusalem Peacebuilders spends two weeks each summer at Christ Church in New Haven, bringing young people from diverse religious backgrounds to learn and serve together. The students are inquisitive and committed to changing the world. Their leaders are super role models!
It is a privilege to partner with JPB and to catch the infectious spirit of peacebuilding while seeing behind the scenes the dedicated leadership who work year round to envision and implement this remarkable program that WILL change the world.

Daniel A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been at JPB 3 years now rvery summer at JPB is the highlight of my year. Some of my favorite memories come from JPB and the work they do is phenominal. I can't even begin to explain how much JPB has taught me not only about the conflict, but about life. It is the perfect environment for learning and challenging your opinions. My favorite part of JPB is that we all come into each program as strangers with very different backgrounds and views, and leave as friends for life. To this day, all my JPB friends are a big part of my life and are always somebody I know I can trust. Thank you for such amazing experiences JPB. I can't wait for more!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They visited us, Congregation Mishkan Israel, in July '18 and it was such an inspiration to our community. This is an organization that is truly engaging in the relational work needed to bring peace to Israel/Palestine and spreading that peace and hope throughout the world. We are eagerly hosting them again this summer and I cannot wait to meet the young men and women whose lives will be transformed. I'm am the rabbi of one of the communities that they visited.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A very inspiring non profit peace program that targets Palestinian and Israeli teens for a grass roots peace program both in schools and summer camps giving them the tools to initiate and partake in interfaith dialogue and leadership skills.

Yvonne Rosenblum C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has participated in the JPB summer programs for two years. His experience each year was fundamental to his personal growth and understanding of the greater world we live in. JPB focuses on bringing kids together from Israel, Palestine, and the United States who are Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. Joining a group of kids from across the world, he learned crucial life skills in communicating, listening, conflict resolution, and how to articulate and cultivate productive paths towards peace. Reaching young people today, giving them the tools to communicate in productive ways, is the future of peace in this world. Through JPB, Jake has made friends for life who each have a strong commitment to making our world a better place through words and deeds. I highly recommended this program!