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 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.
Encounter's value is being one of a kind in creating a thoughtful, safe space [and a] responsible and diverse cohort of inspiring colleagues who can support each other in engaging the conflict in our communities. It offers Jewish leaders access to the voices we want to be talking to and with and about from the other side of the messiest, most personal global conflict we are in some way all a part of. It softens our ears and hearts even while dogmatically resisting specific political solutions or pat answers.Rabbi Steven Exler Senior Rabbi, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
I feel much more informed, have (some) first hand understanding and a better grasp on where to go to learn more. This is now an open and discussable topic.Rabbi Tully Harcsztark Head of School, SAR High School
I feel much more informed, have (some) first hand understanding and a better grasp on where to go to learn more. This is now an open and discussable topic.Rabbi Tully Harcsztark Principal, SAR High School
The opportunity to build relationships and process this intense experience with colleagues and new friends feels essential and a gift.Rabbi Deborah Waxman President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
I am so impressed with the staff and the culture of this organization.Debbie Cosgrove Chair, Jewish Women’s Foundation NY