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Tour to Bethlehem for Emerging and Current Jewish Leaders

February 21, 2013
February 22, 2013
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Around Bethlehem, West Bank

We are pleased to announce that Encounter is now accept­ing appli­ca­tions for our upcom­ing February 21–22 trip to Bethlehem for grad­u­ate students of Jewish educa­tion and rabbini­cal students.


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

Examine the social and ideo­log­i­cal real­i­ties of contem­po­rary Palestinian life.
Learn, through personal encoun­ters, about key chal­lenges facing Palestinians.
Discover steps that grass­roots, non-violent activists are taking to meet them.
Go beyond news­pa­per head­lines and tele­vi­sion sound bites to learn what lead­ers and civil­ians are saying on the ground.

This program does not repre­sent a partic­u­lar polit­i­cal perspec­tive.
We offer partic­i­pants the oppor­tu­nity to listen to Palestinian narra­tives and claims so they can be informed and construc­tive agents of change in trans­form­ing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The program includes:

  • Presentations by respected Palestinian lead­ers exam­in­ing both personal and polit­i­cal issues related to Palestinian life and narra­tive.
  • Meetings with promi­nent Palestinian activists dedi­cated to non-violence.
  • Walking tours of impor­tant geographic areas.
  • Optional home stays with Palestinian fami­lies.
  • Confidential, facil­i­tated dialogue within the Jewish group.
  • Kosher food avail­able and several daven­ing options.

The programs will take place in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and surround­ing areas within 15 minutes of Jerusalem. Click here for a sample itin­er­ary of this trip.

The manda­tory orien­ta­tion for this trip will take place Sunday, February 17th and the manda­tory debrief­ing will take place on Sunday, March 3rd.

Cost: The cost for profes­sionals is $600 and for students is $250, all inclu­sive. Generous schol­ar­ships are avail­able.

Space is limited. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until Wednesday, February 13th. Click here to apply online.

* Please note that Israeli law forbids indi­vid­u­als with Israeli citi­zen­ship from trav­el­ing to Palestinian areas in the West Bank. Therefore, partic­i­pants who have Israeli citi­zen­ship can check our calen­dar for upcom­ing trips to areas B and C, areas of the West Bank where Israelis are permit­ted.

Questions are welcome. Please email info@​encounterprograms.​org.

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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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