Rebecca has been with Kids4Peace for seven years, and has spent one and a half of those years as co-director of K4P Jerusalem. She holds an MA Degree in Conflict Transformation from the School of International Training in Vermont. She lives in Jaffa with her husband and her son Yair.
“Most people think that I work with youth because they are the future, but honestly I am invested in this work to see a change now”
This is Noa’s second year in Kids4Peace. When not working with K4P she studies as a Rabbinical student. She feels supported in her work as most people in her close circle are also working towards co-existence.
“I believe in informal education that works with rather than against religion, this is why I am involved with K4P and why I continue to be involved as the community grows.”
Mohammad is co-director of Kids4Peace Jerusalem. He spent some years of his life away from Jerusalem which enabled him to meet people from different cultures and as a result he became more knowledgeable of the importance of coexistence. Mohammad is married and has a 9-month-old baby, named Ibrahim.
Mohammad believes that “working with youth from all sides of conflict will help in creating a better future for Israeli and Palestinian youth”.
Meredith has been with Kids4Peace formally since 2012, after attending a K4P summer camp in 2009. She holds a Masters Degree in Community Development from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband Zack and baby Shalva Henn.
“I work with K4P because I feel that it is my responsibility to remind people that we must love our neighbour and treat them as we would want to be treated. I need to know the other to help me love the other, and the K4P community is the perfect place for that.”
Adnan is an English teacher at a local high school in Jerusalem. Adnan has been teaching English as a foreign language for over twenty years now. Adnan is married and has six children, the eldest is a sophomore at university while the youngest is a year and a half old.
Adnan joined Kids4Peace and stays involved because he believes: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
Niveen has been with Kids4Peace since 2009. When not at K4P, Niveen works as a travel agent at Guiding Star in Jerusalem. She lives in Abu Tor with her husband, Ihab, and their four daughters. Niveen became involved with Kids4Peace because she truly believes peace is possible.
“This country, my country will see peace. It is through our children that this will be made possible. The staff at Kids4Peace are truly beautiful people and it is a joy to be a part of such a community”
Maggie has been with Kids4Peace for two months and will intern full time with K4P JLM for the year. She is Irish and the youngest of three, in Ireland she works in the informal education sector as a youth worker.
“I believe that it is through community action and education that people alter the present and the future for their families. Political promises and negotiations mean nothing without understanding and hope from those who live in the reality of the conflict. I believe that K4P is engaging in this work on a daily basis. I want to be part of that change, of that tangible hope.”
Saed has been with Kids4Peace since 2006. He teaches Arabic and is father to three children, two girls and a boy.
“As a refugee, I feel that I have to do something. I have to be involved in changing things for the better. Being an active part in K4P offers me that opportunity. I have a young family and I hope all will participate in the program and be part of this community.”
Tamika is a Camp Director and Muslim Advisor for Kids4Peace Houston. She values equity, creativity, community, and celebration. Tamika was raised in a Christian home and embraced Islam in 2003. Tamika is left handed, married, and has two sons and a daughter.
“Peace is possible when reality and true feelings are welcome and acknowledged along with an honest commitment to respect, empathy, disagreement, safety, and beautifully calm environments for all life on earth.”
Jordan serves as the Kids4Peace Northwest Regional Director. With the support of volunteers around the Northwest, Jordan will lead K4P’s first Seattle camp this summer. Jordan is passionate about education, and has a diverse background which includes everything from coaching collegiate ski racing, to researching the South African education system, to classroom teaching, and now working with K4P.
“I believe that Kids4Peace can continue to be a source of hope for people, ultimately making the world a better place.”
Matt is the Director of the Kids4Peace Boston Chapter. Prior to serving as Boston’s Chapter Director, he worked at Camp Merrowvista, where K4P Boston hosts its summer program. Working with others in a non-profit organization, and learning new skills from them, has also allowed Matt to gain a deeper understanding and become more open to the realities between Christians, Jews, and Muslims, not only in Jerusalem but also in Boston.
“I work with people who are working so hard to make peace. It is amazing to see what impact it has on their lives and what sacrifices my friends make daily in order to stay committed to their dream of a more peaceful world.”
Jeff is the Camp Director for Vermont and New Hampshire. Jeff has traveled quite a bit, including studying in India and Spain during college. After college, Jeff lived in Asia for two years. He eventually made his way to graduate school to study meditation and applied conflict studies, which lead him to run a camp for Turkish, Armenian, and American teenagers. He then heard about Kids4Peace. Jeff is devoted to bringing peace and joy to the world by teaching conflict resolution skills, laughter yoga, and acroyoga.
“I got involved with K4P because it combines my experience with facilitating summer camps with my skills for working with people in conflict.”
Nicholas is the executive director and founder of the Jerusalem Peacebuilders-K4P Leadership Camp in Brattleboro, Vermont. Educated at Yale University, King’s College London and the American University in Cairo, he has lived, worked and traveled throughout Jerusalem and the Middle East. An Episcopal priest and educator, Nicholas lives in Brattleboro, Vermont with his wife Dorothy and their family.
“The future of Jerusalem is the future of the world, and working with young Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders to build peace shapes that future.”
Additional Profiles of Staff, Volunteers, Board Members and Alumni coming each month!