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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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