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 in Bethlehem, Hebron, and East Jerusalem 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.
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
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
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 East Jerusalem program explores the unique “in between” status and circumstances of Palestinian permanent residents of Jerusalem. Participants tour the city and meet prominent East Jerusalem leaders who reflect on how their experiences and needs compare to those of Palestinians in the rest of the West Bank.Read More