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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!