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Encounter has given me a small model of what peace through, not despite, diver­sity can look like.”

– Jason, Jewish Theological Seminary (Read more testi­mo­nials)

Application Process Overview

Apply now for upcoming trips! The appli­ca­tion should take 10–15 minutes, and you will be asked to upload a PDF or DOC with your current resume.

We have expe­ri­enced some prob­lems in using the online appli­ca­tion in Internet Explorer. Therefore we recom­mend you apply using Firefox or Google Chrome browsers.

Trip partic­i­pa­tion fees vary depending on the trip you select; you may request a schol­ar­ship as part of the appli­ca­tion process. Payment in full is required within two weeks after we notify you of your accep­tance to the program, and no later than four days before your trip date.

Please feel free to contact us at trips@​encounterprograms.​org with any ques­tions, comments, or concerns. For appli­cants expe­ri­encing chal­lenges with the online appli­ca­tion, we can provide you with a Word DOC application.

A Day in East Jerusalem for Jewish Communal Leaders and Trip to Bethlehem for Jewish Communal Leaders

Trip Dates: A Day in East Jerusalem: July 1
Trip to Bethlehem: July 17–18
Orientation for July 1 trip: Sunday, June 26, 7:00–9:30 PM (Jerusalem)
Debriefing for July 1 trip: Sunday, July 3, 7:00–9:00 PM (Jerusalem)
Orientation for July 17–18 trip: Sunday, July 10, 7:00–9:30 PM (Jerusalem)
Debriefing for July 17–18 trip: Sunday, July 19, 7:00–9:00 PM (Jerusalem)

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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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