Our Community

Encounter’s community includes leading rabbis of every denomination, professionals and lay leaders of every major Jewish institution, and public intellectuals shaping the contours of American Jewish life. All care deeply about the future of Israel and share a commitment to a more informed, inclusive and constructive Jewish communal engagement with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Executive Director JCRC/AJC Detroit

Encounter enables American Jews - in a powerful, emotional, but also joyous way - to meet Palestinians, hear their stories and get a sense of what their lives feel like to them. Through this experience, I gained an increased appreciation for how the ...

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Avi Rubel

Co-CEO Honeymoon Israel

My experience on Encounter had a profound impact on how I think about my role as a leader in the American Jewish community. The experience gave me new insights into Israel's challenges on a grassroots, people to people level. Most importantly, Encoun...

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Rabbi Lila Kagedan

Director of Bioethics New York Medical College

Shma. Judaism is a faith of listening. The word shma is repeated over and over in the Torah. Listening is an imperative. It is a spiritual practice. It is a directive. A call to action. There is great power and potential in the practice of listening....

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Rabbi Joel M. Mosbacher

Senior Rabbi Temple Shaaray Tefila

Encounter is a profound and immersive experience that stirs its participants to see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a new way. As Jewish communal leaders, we have easy access to the Jewish Israeli narrative. Through this sacred journey, on the ot...

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Miriam Heller Stern

National Director HUC-JIR School of Education

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 h...

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