The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) is dedicated to building peace from the ground up by financially supporting education and healthcare available to all in the Holy Land and raising awareness in the United States. AFEDJ was founded in 1988 as an independent, nonpolitical 501(c)(3) organization. As a partner to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, AFEDJ is devoted to respect, human dignity, and the inherent value of each person.
AFEDJ has donated more than $25 million in monetary support, medical equipment, and school supplies.
- AFEDJ builds hope in the Holy Land — one family at a time — in the areas served by the Diocese of Jerusalem.
- We believe that a stable, better future is truly possible.
- AFEDJ believes healthy and educated citizens can sustain peace.
AFEDJ was founded in 1988 by The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and The Rt. Rev. Samir Kafity of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. In 2005, a merger with Evangelical Homes for Children created a stronger but still volunteer led organization. In 2008, the Board moved to establish professional management. This allowed AFEDJ to dramatically increase its reach and build awareness of the humanitarian needs of those living in our Holy Land. Today, our partnership with the Diocese and the current Bishop, the Most Rev. Suheil Dawani, continues to be strengthened as we deepen relationships and reach more committed, generous, compassionate supporters across the United States.
Quality education, compassionate medical care, critical pastoral support
AFEDJ supports schools, hospitals, and institutions for persons with disabilities. These institutions — in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria — are owned and operated by the Diocese of Jerusalem. Through them, the Diocese is living the Gospel in the place where it was written. Respect for differences and tolerance are core values that are an integral part of each interaction. We touch thousands of lives each year — thanks to generous support from people like you.
The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, part of the Anglican Communion, was established in Jerusalem in 1833. The Diocese currently employs more than 1,500 people and provides services in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Through its institutions, and its 24 parishes, the Diocese spreads a message of mutual respect and cooperation, working to bring peace and reconciliation to this conflict-torn region. Diocesan schools, hospitals, and institutions for those with disabilities offer healing and hope for the future. AFEDJ’s mission is to support this humanitarian work. The Diocese of Jerusalem provides services and care to those in need, regardless of ethnic, religious, or economic background.