Cities & Itineraries

Going on Encounter was the best thing I did this year in Israel. The program moved me, inspired me, restored me with hope…”

— Jacob, Brandeis PhD student in Jewish Studies and Education and Senior Ramah Educator (Read more testi­mo­ni­als)

Our programs offer a unique oppor­tu­nity to meet Palestinians face-to-face and to gain first-hand expe­ri­ence of Palestinian personal and polit­i­cal perspec­tives. Click on each city name to read more about the program and to see a sample itin­er­ary.

  • Bethlehem

    Our flag­ship two-day program includes meet­ings with promi­nent lead­ers, inter­ac­tive activ­i­ties with Palestinian activists, and an optional home-stay with a Palestinian family.Read More

  • Areas B & C

    The Areas B & C trip is a modi­fied form of our flag­ship Bethlehem program designed to welcome Israeli citi­zens as partic­i­pants. The tour and visits remain in Bethlehem’s subur­ban areas, avoid­ing “Area A,” which is off-limits to Israelis per Israeli law.Read More

  • Hebron

    Alumni of the Bethlehem program may return and explore the Palestinian expe­ri­ence more deeply in this city where the central issues of the conflict are partic­u­larly fraught.Read More


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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