We Are Proud To Highlight Our Featured Partner - Building BridgesBuilding Bridges

Building Bridges (formerly Seeking Common Ground) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization based in Denver, Colorado.

Building Bridges addresses the root causes of hatred, discrimination, and violent conflict by connecting individuals face to face to those they have been taught to fear and mistrust. The organization’s programs offer participants a safe space in which they can develop personal relationships based on empathy and respect. Together, they learn to see the humanity in those they thought were different from themselves, and they acquire the communication and leadership skills necessary to work towards more just, inclusive societies.

With seed funding from the Sabrina Merage Foundation, Building Bridges has launched extensive alumni programming for participants of its flagship program. The Alumni in Action Association is at the heart of program expansion from a one-year to a multi-year initiative that gives participants highly developed tools to be agents of change in their communities.

Alumni play a key role in advancing peacebuilding on the ground; they provide more support to new teenage participants and implement new mentoring programs for Israeli and Palestinian youth.

In addition to the vital work of furthering peacebuilding on the ground in the Middle East, alumni are playing a key role in mentoring new participants, staffing programs, and reaching out to the American, Israeli and Palestinian public as the “face” of Building Bridges.

Alumni have also helped to develop a filmmaking institute, in which participants learn to use film as a tool for cross-community work and getting the program's message out more broadly.

Building  Bridges is a research based organization, with best practices developed over nearly 20 years of programming, evaluation, and follow-up.

The growth of Building Bridge's Alumni in Action program supports the professional development of young people who wish to devote their lives to cross-community work.

 

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Sabrina Merage Foundation Partners

Active today in more than 70 countries, JDC and its partners work to rescue Jewish lives at risk, bring relief to Jews in need, renew lost bonds to Jewish identity and Jewish culture, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish. JDC reach extends beyond the global Jewish community by providing non-sectarian disaster relief and long-term development assistance worldwide. www.jdc.org


MASA enables young Jews (18 to 30) from around the world to build a lasting relationship with Israel, strengthen their Jewish identity, and gain meaningful and beneficial experiences by participating in a long-term program in Israel.Providing young Jewish adults with connections to programs, grants and scholarships towards program fees, as well as support, activities, workshops and resources while here in Israel.

www.masaisrael.org

Maccabi USA endeavors, through sports, to perpetuate and preserve the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish pride, strengthening Jewish bonds and by creating a heightened awareness of Israel and Jewish identity. The volunteer organization seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish youth in the United States, Israel and the Diaspora through athletic, cultural and educational programs.www.maccabiusa.com


Educating students & the community on issues involving Israel and it’s neighbors, ISIME focuses on building peace through dialogue. Our programs range from a riveting speaker series on topics of critical importance in the Middle East, to conferences and symposiums that bring Israeli & Palestinian leaders and scholars together, to student citizen diplomacy trips to Israel and the West Bank. www.isime.org

 

Based on Jewish values, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles convenes and leads the community and leverages its resources to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community, all with our local, national, and international partners. www.jewishla.org


Building BridgesBuilding Bridges, previously Seeking Common Ground, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Denver, Colorado.  Building Bridges’ mission is to build peaceful communities worldwide – to connect and inspire young leaders, provide them with the skills to become agents for social change, and empower them to transform their communities.

Building Bridges “people-to-people” programs offer individuals the skills to communicate through conflict, transform antagonistic relationships into partnerships, and recognize within themselves the capacity to effect positive change personally, locally and globally.