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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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