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Bethlehem Program for Gap Year Students
Encounter is now accepting applications for our upcoming February 22–23 Gap Year program to Bethlehem.
Space is limited. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, February 5.
Over 2,500 Jewish leaders from every denomination and from across the political spectra have traveled with Encounter to meet directly with Palestinians. They have had the unique opportunity to consider new approaches to the conflict and have learned how to bring constructive conversation home to their own communities and institutions.
Join a diverse cohort of your peers for this critical experience. Become part of a network of Jewish leaders committed to bringing about both a healthier Jewish communal discourse and a changed reality on the ground for Israelis and Palestinians.
This program is geared specifically towards gap year students in Israel.
Go beyond newspaper headlines and television sound bites.
Learn through personal encounters about key challenges facing Palestinians.
Discover the steps grassroots, non-violent activists are taking to meet them.
Engage meaningfully with fellow Jews in facilitated discussions.
Reshape Jewish engagement with the conflict to be more inclusive, informed and constructive.
Encounter is intentionally non-partisan. We do not prescribe nor advocate for a particular political stance or form of conflict resolution. Instead, we advocate for direct engagement with Palestinians as part of responsible Jewish leadership.
The program includes:
- Presentations by respected local Palestinian civil society leaders and activists.
- Walking tours of key geographic areas.
- Optional home stays with Palestinian families.
- Confidential, facilitated dialogue with Jewish peers.
- Kosher food and multiple davening options.
The program will take place in Bethlehem and surrounding areas within 15 minutes of Jerusalem. Click here for a sample itinerary for this program.
The program has three components:
- Opening session: Sunday, February 18, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Travel dates: Thursday, February 22, 7:30am to Friday, February 23, 2:00pm
- Closing Session: Sunday, February 25, 7:00pm-9:00pm.
The cost is $250 for students, all inclusive. The cost is $400 for those who will be participating in both this program and the April 26th program.
Program fees must be received one week prior to the program start to secure your space on the program. Cost should not be a barrier to participation.
Please inquire about scholarships at email@example.com.
Space is limited. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, February 5.
*Please note that according to Israeli law, those who possess Israeli citizenship are prohibited by Israeli law from traveling to certain Palestinian areas in the West Bank. Therefore, participants who have Israeli citizenship are invited to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.