The Jerusalem International YMCA strives to be a dynamic, multicultural, interfaith, and global peace-building centre where people of all identities may come together to fulfil their individual and collective potential through dedication to the healthy development of the body, mind and spirit. Throughout its history the JIY has remained a consistent beacon of hope, peace and friendship in a city and region all too often defined by tensions, deep divides and the struggle to find strength in complexity and diversity.
Founded in 1878, the institution has more than 133 years of experience running transformative programs for Palestinians and Israelis and members of the three Abrahamic faiths in Jerusalem and beyond. Since its inception the JIY has actively striven to foster interfaith, inter-community and inter-cultural understanding. The JIY continues to work tirelessly on the grassroots level to create a place where all residents of the city can gather, putting aside differences of religion, politics and culture.
Edmund Lord Allenby’s dedicatory address at the inauguration of the JIY’s now historic building continues to capture the organisation’s enduring spirit: “here is a place whose atmosphere is peace, where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten and international unity fostered and developed.”
21 July 2016
The Jerusalem Youth Chorus of the Jerusalem International YMCA جوقة الشبيبة المقدسية מקהלת הנוער הירושלמית Jerusalem International YMCA youth programmes include a youth chorus
16 June 2016
Another teacher, who is Muslim and wears a head covering, told the group that she had never been to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market because she feared she wouldn’t be welcome. So Alayan and Kurland planned an outing to the market, with Kurland linking arms with the Muslim woman for the entire time they were there. “I wanted everyone to know that we were there together,” she said.
3 May 2016
Jerusalem is a multi-cultural city of 830,000 residents comprising Jews, Muslims, and Christians, secular, traditional, and ultra-Orthodox. A mosaic of languages, a plurality of perspectives,
29 November 2015
The children walked out from behind a partition and took their seats around a semicircle at the end of the room. As they entered, their parents, a diverse mix of secular and religious, Jewish and Arab, clapped enthusiastically. While much of the city has been on edge as a result of a wave of Arab terrorism, including two incidents in the capital only hours before, none of the sidelong glances and suspicious stares that have become increasingly common here were in evidence on Sunday evening at the Jerusalem YMCA.
6 July 2012
The UK Task Force, in conjunction with the London Jewish Cultural Centre, hosted Forsan Hussein, the Chief Executive Officer of the Jerusalem International YMCA, on