What We Do

Encounter equips the gamut of Rabbis, Jewish profes­sion­als, lead­ers, and phil­an­thropists with first-hand knowl­edge of Palestinian life, seed­ing a multi-denom­i­na­tional cadre of Jewish lead­er­ship charged with a two-pronged mission: to trans­form the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to heal inter­nal Jewish commu­nal rifts formed in its wake.

In the Middle East, Encounter’s flag­ship program has brought 1700 promi­nent and emerg­ing Jewish lead­ers on trips to Bethlehem, Hebron, and East Jerusalem where they witness Palestinian life and gain a more nuanced, informed under­stand­ing of the conflict.

In North America, Encounter lever­ages the power­ful impact of our Middle East program and empow­ers our partic­i­pants to trans­form their own constituen­cies– from the Shabbat table to the pulpit and Capitol Hill. Our North America program provides ongo­ing capac­ity-build­ing and train­ing, so that our alumni-– lead­ers with access to hundreds of thou­sands of Jewish hearts and minds-– can work effec­tively to reshape Israel educa­tion, phil­an­thropy, and advo­cacy.


Our Mission

Encounter is an edu­ca­tional orga­ni­za­tion dedi­cated to strength­ening the capacity of the Jewish people to be construc­tive agents of change in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Moti­vated by the relent­less Jew­ish pur­suit of hokhma (wis­dom) and binah (under­stand­ing), Encounter cul­ti­vates informed Jew­ish lead­er­ship on the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict by bring­ing...

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