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  • Rosh Hashanah: Living Up to Our Name

    While esti­mates vary, medical experts conclude that 75% of Americans suffer from back pain, an ailment from which I had been spared until about two months ago on the 4th of July. Given my abil­ity to pinpoint the time and date of my first seri­ous bout with back pain it would be reason­able to expect […]Read More

  • Profile: Alisa Robbins Doctoroff

    Encounter alumna Alisa Doctoroff is the Chair of the UJA-Federation in NY and the imme­di­ate past pres­i­dent of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in Manhattan. Doctoroff serves on the Boards of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Mechon Hadar and Moving Traditions. Read more about her Encounter expe­ri­ence: “Now I am more knowl­edge­able about the divi­sions that exist, and I want to help heal those divi­sions.”Read More

  • 2 Days in Bethlehem

    Danielle Berrin reflects on her trip to Bethlehem with Encounter in the LA Jewish Journal:
    I met Nassar as part of an Encounter trip, a two-day program that allows Diaspora Jewish lead­ers to dialogue with Palestinians. Our group, includ­ing every denom­i­na­tion and polit­i­cal lean­ing, visited the area around Bethlehem and heard from Palestinian peace activists, polit­i­cal lead­ers and civil­ians.”Read More


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Encounter is an edu­ca­tional orga­ni­za­tion dedi­cated to strength­ening the capacity of the Jewish people to be construc­tive agents of change in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Moti­vated by the relent­less Jew­ish pur­suit of hokhma (wis­dom) and binah (under­stand­ing), Encounter cul­ti­vates informed Jew­ish lead­er­ship on the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict by bring­ing...

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