Fr. Josh Thomas has been Executive Director of Kids4Peace since 2011. An Episcopal priest, scholar and interfaith educator, Thomas has led Kids4Peace’s global youth movement through a decade of rapid growth. Before Kids4Peace, Thomas led a State department exchange program for youth in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina and served as a congregational pastor and university chaplain in Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, and New Hampshire. He taught interfaith education and peacebuilding at Boston University School of Theology. Fr. Josh also serves as Board Chair of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, a coalition of 100+ organizations working at the grassroots level to build peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Thomas is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Union Theological Seminary.
Fr. Josh is a frequent speaker, teacher and workshop leader. He has been an invited guest preacher at St. James Cathedral, Chicago; St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle; Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati; and Marsh Chapel at Boston University. He has been a presenter at Harvard Law School’s Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, Yale University, and the United States Institute of Peace.
Udi Cohen is Director and General Manager of Kids4Peace Jerusalem. He is an experienced formal and informal educator, nonprofit leader, and social activist in Israel and abroad. In 2017 Udi served as NATAN’s Head of Mission on Lesbos island, Greece, where he oversaw the OHF Community and Education Center for refugees and served as liaison with the UNHCR as well as local and international NGOs. Previously, he was the head of the Reform movement’s network of early childhood centers in Jerusalem, where he opened the first classes for children of asylum seekers and foreign workers. He holds BA and MA degrees in Education and Jewish Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Sydney; a teaching certificate for early childhood education; and an MA from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the management of non-profit organizations.