JH Israel is a predominantly Christian organization with people from widely diverse backgrounds and life experiences that all share a common thread: Israel. Each of us has a unique passion for Israel's history, cultures, peoples, and the unfolding of biblical prophecy in today's modern State of Israel.
Site development began in 2007, followed by an official grand opening ceremony in 2010. The ANCLD subsequently became an official training site for the Israeli Military (IDF) in 2012.
Over 25,000 people visited the Leadership Center in the two years following the grand opening.
Capital development continues in phases as funding becomes available for infrastructure, a visitor center, cabins and campgrounds, as well as ongoing curriculum and eLearning initiatives.
In partnership with the City of Ariel, JH Israel has established the Ariel National Center for Leadership Development. This experiential outdoor learning facility is coupled with a cross-cultural “Take 5: Becoming a Leader” curriculum based on the leaders of Israel's biblical heritage. Together, the site and curriculum are one-of-a-kind in Israel and the Middle East.
The future of the ANCLD holds great potential as education in Israel is intentionally refocused to develop the dynamics of national identity, life purpose, and destiny in their next generations.
JH Israel is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a full time staff of seven and innumerable volunteers. It is a "sister" organization of JH Ranch, which has been providing values-based leadership training since 1979.
Our offices in the United States are situated in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Leadership Center in Israel was intentionally located on 142 acres in the "hills of Ephraim" near the site of the ancient City of Joshua, known today as Ariel, the capital city of Samaria.
“Leaders who take time
for thoughtful education
can become revolutionary
in the most real sense.
By testing what they see,
hear, and touch for its
authenticity, they are able
to change the course of
history and lead people to
creative action that will
make a better world.”
— Henry Nouwen
Established in 1948, Israel is a new nation with a relatively young population: Nearly 28% of Israelis are under the age of 14, compared to 17% in other Western countries. The Holocaust, post World War II dispersion, and subsequent return of the Jewish people to their homeland has resulted in a disconnect from their biblical roots and heritage for many Israelis. The resulting need for strong values and moral character in their next generations of leadership is imperative.