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A Day in East Jerusalem

March 13, 2015
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East Jerusalem
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Join us for a day in East Jerusalem, a neigh­bor­hood many of us are unfa­mil­iar with, to hear from Palestinian resi­dents about their perspec­tives on this current moment in the city and its future.

Participants will join a cohort of Jewish peers to have the oppor­tu­nity to hear from a diverse set of Palestinian speak­ers about crit­i­cal issues includ­ing educa­tion, citi­zen­ship, and resi­dency, access and move­ment, and changes happen­ing in the E-1 area. Bring your most press­ing ques­tions, a sense of curios­ity and a will­ing­ness to engage across polit­i­cal differ­ences.


On an Encounter Trip

“After one day of your trip, I felt like I had never been to Israel before, and I am consid­ered a profes­sional Israel expert who trav­els to Israel several times a year.”

– Senior Federation Executive

Friday, March 13th, 2015, 8:00a.m.- 4:00p.m.
*Participants are encour­aged to make Shabbat plans in advance as Shabbat beings at 5:05p.m.

Cost: $250. Subsidies may be avail­able for those in need.

Mandatory Orientation sessions will be held, via phone or web, the week of March 1st.

Registration closes on March 1st. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Questions are welcome. Please email us at trips@​encounterprograms.​org.

Go beyond news­pa­per head­lines and tele­vi­sion sound bites to learn what lead­ers and civil­ians are saying on the ground.
Learn, through personal encoun­ters, about key chal­lenges facing Palestinians.
Discover steps that grass­roots, non-violent activists are taking to meet them.
Engage mean­ing­fully with fellow Jewish lead­ers, in facil­i­tated discus­sions exam­in­ing the impli­ca­tions of acquired insights for American Jewish engage­ment with the conflict.

Nearly 2,000 emerg­ing and estab­lished Jewish lead­ers from across the reli­gious and polit­i­cal spec­tra of our commu­nity have trav­eled with Encounter to meet with a diver­sity of Palestinians first­hand, consid­ered new approaches to the conflict in Encounter’s safe and non-parti­san context, and learned how to bring a construc­tive conver­sa­tion on the conflict home to their own insti­tu­tions. Join a diverse cohort of peers for this impor­tant and unique expe­ri­ence, and become part of a network of Jewish lead­ers commit­ted to bring­ing about a health­ier Jewish commu­nal discourse and a changed real­ity on the ground for Israelis and Palestinians.

The program includes:

  • Presentations by respected Palestinian lead­ers and resi­dents of East Jerusalem and its suburbs exam­in­ing the major issues at play in the East Jerusalem area such as the E1 area, resi­dency and citi­zen­ship, access and move­ment, educa­tion and the econ­omy.
  • Geographic orien­ta­tion of rela­tion­ship between East and West Jerusalem.
  • Informal conver­sa­tions with resi­dents and commu­nity lead­ers of the suburbs of East Jerusalem.
  • Facilitated dialogue within the Jewish group.

Encounter is a non-parti­san orga­ni­za­tion. We recog­nize that any engage­ment around the conflict is highly polit­ical and as such, it is impos­sible to claim to be “apolit­ical” when doing this work. That said, Encounter does not prescribe or advo­cate for any partic­ular polit­ical stance, and we welcome and encour­age a diver­sity of opin­ions on each of our trips.

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Our Mission

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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