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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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This is an intense trip that quickly immerses you in narratives of Palestinians that are mostly hidden to Jews living in Israel. You will have access to unvarnished insights that will deepen your understanding of the Palestinian narrative and broaden your understanding of the conflict. You will have the chance to ask hard questions and to struggle deeply with colleagues about the challenges you witness. All of this in a deeply supportive environment. Rabbi Elliott Tepperman Rabbi, Bnai Keshet, New Jersey
Encounter reinforced that certainty is not our friend if we are going to be drivers of peace. We need more questions than answers, more curiosity than certainty. Elana Kahn Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation
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
I appreciated the opportunity to deepen my understanding of the conflict without being told what I should think or what I should do about it. Instead, I was given a diverse community of colleagues with whom I could debrief and figure out for myself how to incorporate what I had encountered into my leadership. Miriam Heller Stern Director, School of Education, Jewish Institute of Religion, Hebrew Union College
It offered me a way to stretch myself and face uncomfortable realities in a way that I often (whether consciously or not) tend to avoid doing. Specifically, it reinforced the urgency and centrality of the conflict within the array of issues, causes, and experiences through I which I relate to the State of Israel. At the same time, it connected me to an incredible network of passionate Jewish leaders who now share the same powerful and unsettling experience. Rabbi Avraham Bronstein Rabbi, The Hampton Synagogue