Our Team

Our Staff

Yona Shem-Tov

Chief Executive Officer, New York

Yona Shem-Tov

Chief Executive Officer, New York

Yona has worked as a Jewish educator for over 20 years. Prior to joining Encounter in 2011, Yona pursued grad­uate studies at The Hebrew University and doctoral research in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. While at NYU, she co-founded a national program linking scholars and prac­titioners of Jewish History Education, and helped launch the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship — an initia­tive of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation linking Muslim and Jewish social entre­pre­neurs from France, the U.K. and the U.S.

Dan Lange

Chief Operating Officer, New York

Dan Lange

Chief Operating Officer, New York
Dan is the Chief Operating Officer at Encounter Programs. In this role, he works with staff, board members and other stakeholders to advance the organization’s strategic priorities. He is responsible for leadership around strategy, finance, human resources and operations. Dan previously worked at the Union for Reform Judaism, where he served as the Director of Youth Programs, overseeing a suite of teen and young-adult travel programs to Israel and directing a biennial convention of 1,000+ young people. Prior, Dan served as Associate Director of Camping, where he oversaw professional development, international staffing, safety, security, and other operational aspects for a network of 16 camps, 120 full time employees, and 1500+ seasonal employees.

Dan holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program, where he was named a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Davidson Scholar. Additionally, he was an inaugural Ruskay Fellow at UJA Federation of New York. Before working in the Jewish nonprofit field, Dan pursued his passion for storytelling and filmmaking, working for Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. Dan lives in Queens, New York with his wife, Sara, and their son, Benjamin.

Rob France

Chief Program Officer, New York

Rob France

Chief Program Officer, New York

Rob has worked the past 15 years in the field of educational leadership. Most recently, Rob was the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America’s Director of Campus Initiatives. There, he designed, led, and expanded the Institute’s suite of programs for Jewish campus professionals and student leaders. Rob joined the Hartman Institute staff after participating in the Hartman Campus Fellowship as the Assistant Director at Penn State Hillel. 

Prior to working in the field of Jewish education, Rob worked in public education as a teacher, instructional coach, and founding academic dean of a charter school in Memphis, TN. He has been selected to participate in Teach For America’s TLD Fellowship, the KIPP School Leadership Fellowship, the Weinberg ACCELERATE Fellowship at Hillel, and the UJA-Federation of New York’s Ruskay Fellowship. 

Rob lives in Harlem with his wife, two daughters, and dog.

Leah Solomon

Chief Education Officer, Jerusalem

Leah Solomon

Chief Education Officer, Jerusalem

Leah has worked since 1997 in the field of experiential pluralistic Jewish education, most recently as Associate Director of the Nesiya Institute. She worked previously at Genesis at Brandeis University and Gann Academy in Boston. Leah holds a degree from Harvard University, completed advanced studies at the Conservative Yeshiva, Pardes, and the Hartman Institute, and is a Schusterman Senior Fellow. She has written for the Times of Israel, JTA, Lilith, and other outlets on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is editor and publisher of the Anim Zemirot bencher. An L.A native, she moved to Jerusalem in 1999 where she lives with her family.

 

Ross Beroff

Development and Recruitment Manager, New York

Ross Beroff

Development and Recruitment Manager, New York

Ross graduated from Northeastern University as a member of the prestigious University Scholars Program, having completed a combined degree in Finance and Political Science. He is a former co-Chair of the Hillel International Student Cabinet and served in an ex officio capacity on the Board of Directors. He previously served as an AJC Goldman Fellow, working out of Melbourne, Australia.

Ross comes to Encounter from The Focus Project, where he supported the communications efforts of a broad coalition of U.S. Jewish communal organizations. He currently serves on the board of JPro NYC and the NY Steering Committee of Israel Policy Forum Atid.

Paul Lichtenstein

Office Administrator, Jerusalem

Paul Lichtenstein

Office Administrator, Jerusalem

Paul has worked as an administrator for foundations and special organizations for the last 20 years. He was a founding member of REUT–Pluralistic Religious Secondary School in Jerusalem. A major contributor to its success, Paul worked as the school’s Chief Financial Officer and Business Administrator for eight years. Prior to joining the Encounter team, he held various Office and Business Management positions, including working for Ir Amim and an international renowned artist.

Paul holds a degree in agriculture from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was a farmer in a moshav on the Golan for 10 years. He was born in South Africa and made aliyah with his family as a teenager.

Neta Polizer

Recruitment & Engagement Manager, Jerusalem

Neta Polizer

Recruitment & Engagement Manager, Jerusalem

From a small village in the north of Israel, Neta has extensive experience of more than a decade in the fields of experiential Jewish education and group facilitation. Neta has worked for ‘Bina,’ where he founded leadership and social change programs for youth from social peripheries. He has also worked in the Institution for Experiential Jewish Education (M2) where he conducted research on experiential Jewish education in Israel and developed training programs for educators. In addition to his work at Encounter, Neta is working at the Bronfman Youth Fellowship as the educational manager of the Israeli fellows’ program. Neta holds a BA in Arabic literature and comparative literature from the Hebrew University. He is currently writing his MA thesis in Islamic studies at the ‘Freie Universitat’ in Berlin, focusing on the emergence of modern and contemporary concepts of identity in postcolonial Arab societies. Neta is married to Toot and lives in Jerusalem.

Emily Einhorn

Operations Manager, New York

Emily Einhorn

Operations Manager, New York

Emily completed her Honors Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from DePaul University where she focused her studies on Zionism from an ethical and logical perspective. Emily was a member of the student leadership team at Metro-Chicago Hillel and participated in the Nachshon Project undergraduate fellowship. At DePaul Emily learned how to utilize her liberal and Jewish identities into a productive tool for change within the Israel-Palestine space on campus.

Emily comes to Encounter after spending time working at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School where she facilitated K-8 classes as a teaching assistant and graphic design specialist. She additionally interned with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the United Way of Greater Cleveland.

Our Board

Sally Gottesman

Chair
I am passionate about Judaism and the Jewish people and I am an ambassador for Encounter's methodology because I have witnessed again and again the value of experiential education.

Sally Gottesman

Chair

In 2014, after a seven month sabbat­ical in Israel during which she partic­i­pated in several Encounter programs, Sally decided to join the Board of Encounter. She is an active lay-leader, writer, and consul­tant in the Jewish commu­nity. Sally is the Co-Founder and Past-Chair of Moving Traditions, and has previ­ously been on the Boards of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York City, the Jewish Funders Network, the American Jewish World Service, and the Jewish Women’s Archive. Sally’s arti­cles on phil­an­thropy, Judaism, femi­nism, and class have been published in a variety of books and news­pa­pers. For nearly two decades, she consulted to not-for-profit orga­ni­za­tions — working first with KPMG Peat Marwick and then with her own firm. Sally served as the first NY/Tri-State Regional Director of the New Israel Fund, and was the first employee of the Israel Women’s Network in Jerusalem. She is also committed to research in Neurofibromatosis (NF-1) and is involved with N-TAP (the Neurofibromatosis Therapeutic Acceleration Program at Johns Hopkins) as well as the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Sally lives on the Upper West Side with her three young children. She is a grad­uate of Wellesley College and the Yale School of Management.

Phyllis Teicher Goldman

Secretary
I am passionate about Encounter's work because the path to sustainable peace depends on listening to and hearing the narrative of the other; that is the simple but brilliant premise of Encounter.

Phyllis Teicher Goldman

Secretary

Phyllis partic­i­pated in her first Encounter Program in June 2014. She has dedi­cated both her profes­sional career and volun­teer work to helping nonprofit orga­ni­za­tions thrive. In her current role as a prin­cipal of G&S Consulting, Phyllis helps orga­ni­za­tions achieve sustain­able growth through the imple­men­ta­tion of best prac­tices in devel­op­ment, commu­ni­ca­tions, and gover­nance. Previously, Phyllis was the vice pres­i­dent for external affairs at the American Jewish World Service, and prior to that was the senior devel­op­ment exec­u­tive at the New Israel Fund. She is a former director of the Westchester Holocaust Commission and has also worked in polit­ical fundraising. Phyllis served on the board of direc­tors of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, the Jewish Community Center of Mid–Westchester, and many other national and commu­nity-based orga­ni­za­tions. In addi­tion, she was the President of the American Jewish Committee’s Westchester Chapter and has chaired a number of capital campaigns — both at her syna­gogue, Bet Am Shalom in White Plains, and at the Solomon Schechter School. She holds an MA from the Columbia University School of Social Work and a B.A. from New York University.

David Karnovsky

Treasurer
I serve on the Board in order to help expand opportunities for others to have the unique experience I was privileged to have of having a direct ‘Encounter’ with Palestinians and learning first-hand about the conflict.

David Karnovsky

Treasurer

In the fall of 2011, while a fellow of the American Academy in Jerusalem, David partic­i­pated in an Encounter trip to Bethlehem, which he considers a forma­tive expe­ri­ence in his under­standing of the conflict. David is a member of the Real Estate Department of Fried Frank Harris Jacobson & Shriver in New York, with a prac­tice that focuses on land use, zoning, and real estate devel­op­ment. Prior to joining Fried Frank, David served in several capac­i­ties in New York City govern­ment, including as general counsel to the New York City Department of City Planning from 1999 to 2014. At City Planning, he was closely involved in many of the major land use and devel­op­ment initia­tives of the Bloomberg Administration, including the Hudson Yards rede­vel­op­ment plan and the High Line.

David is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Free Loan Society and served as its President from 2011–2014. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan.

Martin I. Bresler

If ever there is going to be peace between Israelis and Palestinians there needs to be a greater understanding between the two peoples and Encounter has won my heart and devotion because it works to foster that understanding.

Martin I. Bresler

Martin is the imme­diate past Chair of Americans for Peace Now, and currently a member of the Boards of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center. For many years he was actively involved with The American Jewish Committee, serving as President of the New York Chapter, as a member of the National Board of Governors, as a National Vice President, and on many commit­tees and boards. He also served for many years on the Board of the Park East Day School in New York City.

Martin earned a busi­ness degree from City College of New York (Baruch School) and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He was a corpo­rate lawyer for almost 40 years, the last 16  as a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. He and his wife of 54 years have two daugh­ters, five grand­chil­dren, and two grand-dogs. He has trav­eled to Israel perhaps twenty times since his first visit there in 1957 — both on orga­ni­za­tional busi­ness and to visit with his many family members living there.

Joanne Moore

Joanne Moore

Joanne has worked in international development for more than 25 years specializing in proposal and business development, project management, and strategic leadership and management. As Managing Director of JoMoConsult LLC, Joanne provides consulting services and training to USAID’s implementing partners. Joanne is also a partner in Pratt Pouch Consulting, where she works with Dr. Bob Malkin to expand access to life saving anti-retroviral medicines for infants used in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV through the Pratt PouchJoanne is teaching Hebrew University’s GLOCAL Pears Seminar which bridges the theory and practice of international development for MA candidates. She is member of the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee/The Joint and is also a board member for the American Associates of Ben Gurion University, Yahel Service Learning Program, and Volcani International Partnerships. She is an advisor to Keheala and a Wexner Heritage Alumna. She earned her MSc. (econ) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and her BA in African and Afro-American Studies and the Political Economy of Developing Countries from Brandeis University.

John Ruskay

John Ruskay

Dr. John Ruskay is Executive Vice President emeritus of UJA-Federation of New York, Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem-based Jewish People Policy Institute, and a Senior Mentor in the Mandel Foundation Senior Leadership Program. He is a partner at JRB Consulting Services LLC. Clients have included UJA-Federation, the Educational Alliance, Innovation Africa, the Yale Center for Social and Emotional Learning, Birthright Israel Foundation, Friends of the Children, Hillel International and the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.

Having been appointed as a Commissioner by President Obama, Dr. Ruskay served on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom from May 2016 to May 2018. He previously served in senior professional leadership roles in the Jewish community including Executive Vice President and CEO of UJA-Federation (1999-2014), Vice Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1985-1993) and Education Director of the 92nd Street Y (1980-1995).

Dr. Ruskay earned his PhD in Political Science at Columbia University, specializing in Middle East Politics. He has received numerous honors including honorary doctorate degrees from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership (2011), the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (2011), Hebrew Union College (2013), Yeshiva University (2014), and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (2016). He has written and lectures on issues relating to Jewish identity, the role of Jewish philanthropy, and the central role of community.

Dr. Ruskay lives in New York City with his wife, Robin Bernstein. They have five children and nine grandchildren.

Yoni Gordis

Yoni Gordis

As Partner at ChangeCraft Consulting, Yoni crafts customized solutions to organizations and teams as they navigate change and growth. A renowned designer and facilitator of retreats and conferences, Yoni has 25 years of experience as an organizational consultant, strategist and coach. A leading organizational consultant on five continents, Yoni has offered strategic services to dozens of organizational clients, including the Avi Schaefer Fund, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Connect US Fund, Elevate Children Funders Group, GHR Foundation, Hillel International, the Human Rights Funders Network, IKAR, the Jewish Federation of New York, the Leichtag Foundation, the New Israel Fund, the Peace and Security Funders Group, ROI Community, the Stanley Foundation, Tides Canada, the Union for Reform Judaism, and dozens of others. He is currently on the faculty of Georgetown University teaching gathering design and facilitation. Prior to the launch of the Center for Leadership Initiatives, the precursor to ChangeCraft, Yoni served as an independent consultant, first at Yesod Resource Management, Israel’s first philanthropic consultation firm, starting in 1996, and later independently where he worked with non-profit and philanthropic clients internationally. Moving to Canada in 2001, his practice expanded to include an array of local, national and international organizations, with a focus on environmental organizations in British Columbia.

Yoni was a founding member of the Elul Beit Midrash for cross cultural dialogue in Jerusalem and a teacher in numerous educational institutions throughout Israel. Born in the United States, he lived in Israel for nearly twenty years, and currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and two daughters. A graduate of Columbia University, Yoni also received private rabbinic ordination in Israel.

Ilana Horowitz Ratner

Ilana Horowitz Ratner

Having married, raised a family and worked for 40 years as a lawyer, executive coach and Jewish educator, Ilana is a founder and an advisor to The Cuyahoga County Immigration Legal Services Fund which provides pro bono immigration legal services to residents of Northeast Ohio. The Fund makes grants to local nonprofit organizations providing expert free immigration legal services, focuses on cases that maintain family unity, represent unaccompanied children, DACA youth, and others seeking asylum and safety from persecution and violence. Ilana splits her time between the USA and Israel (her grandmother’s family has lived in Safed since the 1700s). She was a participant in the November 2017 Encounter Intensive. Ilana is challenged to do whatever she can to encourage healing and connection within those communities in which she lives.

Meyer Koplow

Meyer Koplow

Meyer Koplow is an executive partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, one of the world’s leading business law firms. He is also the executive editor and notes and comment editor of the New York University Law Review. He is the president of the Meyer G. and Ellen Goodstein Koplow Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the UJA Federation in New York. Formerly, Koplow was the president of Young Israel of New Rochelle. At Brandeis University, Koplow was co-chair of his Reunion Committee, a fellow in 2000, and receiver of the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Medal for Distinguished Legal Service in 1998. He was elected to the Brandeis Board in 2006 and Chair of the Board in September 2017. Koplow received his B.A. magna cum laude at Brandeis University and his J.D. from New York University Law School in 1976. He joined Encounter’s Board of Directors in 2018.

Jon A. Levisohn

I believe in Encounter’s model of bringing people who are passionately committed to Israel’s wellbeing into a deeper understanding of Palestinian experiences.

Jon A. Levisohn

Jon holds the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair in Jewish Educational Thought at Brandeis University, where he directs the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. A philoso­pher of educa­tion, he is the editor or author of the books Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts, The Interpretive Virtues: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Teaching and Learning of Historical Narratives, Advancing the Learning Agenda in Jewish Education, and Beyond Jewish Identity.

Jon holds degrees from Harvard College and Stanford University, and has also studied at Yeshivat Sha’alvim, the Hebrew University, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and is currently co-chair of the Wexner Fellowship Community Coordinating Committee. Jon also served for several years as a trustee of JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. He lives with his wife and three teenage chil­dren in Newton, Massachusetts, where they are members of Congregation Shaarei Tefilah and Minyan Yedid Nefesh.

Julie Shaffer

My desire for a secure and peaceful Israel motivates me to serve Encounter.

Julie Shaffer

Julie is the Executive Director of the Oreg Foundation in Boulder, Colorado, and has been involved in Colorado’s nonprofit world as a profes­sional and lay leader for 20 years. She is the Chair of the Board of Joshua Venture Group and a member of the Board of Directors at Judaism Your Way. She also serves on the Building and Capital Campaign Committees of the Boulder JCC and the Advisory Committee of Post Holocaust American Judaism at the University of Colorado, and is active as a partner in Social Venture Partners of Boulder County. Julie was a founding board member of the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation and was honored by them for her dedi­ca­tion and extra­or­di­nary work in the Boulder Jewish Community. She and her husband, Bruce, raised their three kids in Boulder and now spend time in both their Boulder and Jerusalem homes.

Jonathan Lopatin

I am actively engaged in Encounter's work because I believe that American Jews can help Israel by better understanding Palestinian life and society.

Jonathan Lopatin

Jonathan is a former Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and is the founder of not-so-simple productions. He is the producer of Eyes Wide Open (2008), a docu­men­tary about the expe­ri­ences of American Jewish visi­tors to Israel, as well as of Fringes: New Adventures in Jewish Living, which premiered at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival in 2012. Jonathan is imme­diate past-president of the Board of Directors of Mechon Hadar, and former President of the Nesiya Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and was formerly Secretary of the Board of Directors of the New Israel Fund — where he continues to be active with the Fund’s work promoting Jewish pluralism in Israel.

Jonathan holds a Masters Degree in International Economics from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University, as well as an M.A. in Talmud, which he earned from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2009. He is married and is the father of two.

Debra Pell

Debra Pell

Debra Pell is a graduate of Georgetown University and Boston College Law School. A Bay Area native, Debra made aliyah in 1996 and is President of ArbaOne, an early stage investment company in Israel. Before making her home in Israel, Debra was a labor litigator in a large San Francisco law firm and VP of Pell Development Company. Active for many years in the San Francisco Jewish community, she served on the boards of the Jewish Community Federation and the Jewish Community Relations Council. Nationally, she was a founding board member of the Israel Policy Forum and Women’s Chair of the Young Leadership Cabinet of the JFNA. Currently, Debra is the Development Co-Chair of the New Israel Fund and the Board Chair of Kolot, a center of Jewish learning for Israeli influentials. She co-founded Crossroads a campaign to build new political infrastructure for the center-left in Israel and sits on the Executive Committee of  the Liberal Democratic Action Network. Her philanthropy in Israel is focused on strengthening democracy and ending the occupation. Debra lives in Moshav Beit Zayit with her daughters Beronica and Gavrielle.

Yitz Landes

Yitz Landes

Yitz is a PhD candidate in Religion at Princeton University and an Instructor in Jewish History and Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His research focuses on the history of rabbinic Judaism and literature and on Jewish liturgy. His first book, Studies in the Development of Birkat ha-Avodah, was published in 2018. Prior to attending Princeton, Yitz received degrees in Talmud and Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and studied in the Otniel and Har Etzion yeshivot. Yitz was a David Hartman fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Yitz has been involved with Encounter for many years as a participant, facilitator, and trip leader. Originally from New Jersey, Yitz lived in Israel for a decade. He now lives in Upper Manhattan with his wife and their two sons.

Tilly Shemer

Tilly Shemer

Tilly Shemer is the Executive Director of University of Michigan Hillel. Tilly has worked with Hillels in Toronto and Michigan for 18 years in various positions, including Director of Israel Affairs and Associate Director, before becoming Executive Director at the University of Michigan in 2012. Tilly is passionate about youth engagement, community-building, pluralism, women’s advancement, and social justice. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She is a Wexner Field Fellow Alum and is the co-founder of Live The Pledge (livethepledge.com). She loves art, traveling, hiking, anything food related, and diving into a conversation about our Jewish future. She lives in Ann Arbor with her wife Or and their cat Joey.

Sari Rapkin

Sari Rapkin

Retired Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sari Anne Rapkin’s career in public accounting and non-profit involvement in Greater Boston spanned over 35 years. Prior to retiring seven years ago, Sari served as an Assurance Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in their Private Company Services practice. Her clients included privately held and private equity-backed companies in the retail, distribution, manufacturing, and services industries, as well as several prominent not-for-profit institutions in Greater Boston. Sari had the opportunity of working with companies of all stages and sizes, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-billion-dollar global public companies.

Sari is actively involved in Our Generation Speaks, serving on the Board of Directors, the Growth Committee, coordinating the Mentor Program and as a mentor to the Fellows. Sari also serves on the boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, Jewish Arts Collaborative and Jewish Family Services of MetroWest. Sari serves on the Heller School for Social Policy and Management Board of Advisors at Brandeis.

Sari was a past Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). As one of three co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee, she played an instrumental role in the creation of CJP’s Strategic Plan.  She also served as the chair of the Organizational Development Committee. As Treasurer, she served as the chair of the Budget & Finance Committee for four years. Sari recently completed her three-year term as co-chair of the Boston-Haifa Connection.

Sari is originally from Rochester, New York, and is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Evan Traylor

Evan Traylor

Evan Traylor (he/him) is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Jewish community builder, educator, activist, and writer. He is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Ko’ach Fellow, and currently serves on the leadership team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, the board of Encounter, and the Commission on Social Action of the Religious Action Center. Prior to rabbinical school, Evan worked at the Union for Reform Judaism for several years creating new initiatives in college and young adult engagement. Originally from Oklahoma City, he graduated from the University of Kansas studying political science, Jewish studies, and leadership studies. Evan is an alum of Kansas Hillel, URJ Kutz Camp, URJ Greene Family Camp, and served as North American President of NFTY. He lives in New York City with his fiancé and their tiny dog, Ruby Nakia.

Our Founders

Incredible opportunity to see/hear Israel from another perspective. Anonymous Jewish Communal Executive
Encounter gave me an opportunity that I had long been missing: to listen to the stories, perspectives, and experiences of Palestinians living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. As a passionate supporter of Israel who yearns for peace, this experience was critical to a more complete understanding of the complexity of this land… Rabbi Adam Raskin Senior Rabbi, Congregation Har Shalom
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
The value [of the program] is massive. The exposure to different points of view and its very organized well thought out meaningful way is very powerful and life-changing. Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman Associate Rabbi, Temple Beth El, Boca Raton
I am so impressed with the staff and the culture of this organization. Debbie Cosgrove Chair, Jewish Women’s Foundation NY