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Custom Programs

We appreciate your interest in making an Encounter experience part of your trip to Israel.

Encounter’s core focus is on immersive programs for high-level Jewish communal leaders. In addition, we offer a number of custom experiences each year dependent on capacity given our scheduled core programs.

Group Programs

Group programs for high-level Jewish lay and profes­sional leaders generally serve as one- or two-day add-on experiential components for an existing Israel mission or delegation visiting the region. Availability is dependent on capacity given our scheduled core programs.

Encounter can partner with your Federation, JCRC, or other Jewish communal orga­ni­za­tion to create a program which will engage participants in the complex­i­ties of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, through first-hand encoun­ters with Palestinian communal leaders, grassroots activists, and other influential individuals, and offer opportunities for facilitated conversation and reflection with other Jewish participants. Preference is given to programs led by Encounter’s past-participants.

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It's essential for Jewish leaders. Rabbi Sharon Brous Senior/Founding Rabbi, IKAR
I didn't learn any substantial new facts or yet-unknown perspectives about the conflict. But I was pressed to confront the urgency of... and the untenability of my own blind spots. Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky Rabbi, Ansche Chesed
So important to put faces and images to labels we read about. So important to humanize those often pitted as our enemies. So important to do so with Jews in a context of Ahavat Yisrael. Rabbi David Wolkenfeld Senior Rabbi, Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel
It's a powerful and necessary experience. Lindsey B. Mintz Executive Director, Indianapolis JCRC
I have an additional narrative in my head which I didn't have prior--that is why I knew it was necessary for me as a communal leader. Debbie Cosgrove Chair, Jewish Women’s Foundation NY