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Our flag­ship two-day program includes:

  • Orientation with secu­rity briefing and commu­ni­ca­tion training
  • Meetings with promi­nent Palestinian govern­ment offi­cials, non-violent activists, teachers, Sheikhs, school­children, teenagers and ordi­nary people
  • Visits to local schools, neigh­bor­hoods and villages
  • Cultural activ­i­ties including games, music and dance with local Palestinians
  • Political presen­ta­tions on the current situ­a­tion from Palestinian leaders — exam­ining issues such as the sepa­ra­tion barrier, Palestinian polit­ical parties and history of peace negotiations
  • Safe, facil­i­tated dialogue within the plural­istic Jewish group
  • Home hospi­tality with Palestinian fami­lies (optional)
  • Jewish prayer, Torah study and kosher food
  • Follow-up sessions including struc­tured processing and inte­gra­tion of experience

Our time together forever changed my perspec­tive. As a result, I am wise, burning with courage to deeply explore the human condition.”
— Matt, CORO fellow 

Click here to check the schedule for upcoming trips to Bethlehem.

Encounter Program in Bethlehem — Sample Itinerary


7:45am Participants meet in front of the Inbal Hotel
8:00am Depart from Inbal Hotel
8:20am Arrive at Talitha Kumi School
8:30am — 9:00am Opening Circle
9:00am — 10:00pm Visit to Talitha Kumi School
10:00am — 10:30am Activities with Students at Talitha Kumi School
10:30am — 12:15pm Tour of the Bethlehem Area and the Separation Barrier 
12:15pm — 1:00pm Lunch at the Ararat Hotel
1:00pm — 1:30pm Mincha ( optional) and Dvar Torah ( mandatory) 
1:30pm — 3:00pm Personal Narratives Panel of Palestinian Activists
3:00pm — 3:15pm Tea, Coffee, & Snacks Break
3:15pm — 4:45pm Overview: Changing Facts on the Ground and Possible Future Implications
4:45pm –5:00pm Tea, Coffee, & Snacks Break
5:00pm — 6:00pm Small Group Discussions
6:00pm — 7:30pm Games and Interactive Activities with Palestinian Youth Leaders
7:30pm — 7:45 Maariv (optional)
7:45pm Drive to the Tent Restaurant
8:00pm — 9:00pm Festive Dinner with Host Families 
9:00 pm Return to hotel or go home with host families


~7:20am Breakfast served at the hotel or with host families.
7:30am Shacharit (optional) at the Nativity Hotel
8:15am Reconvene at the Nativity Hotel
8:30am — 9:30am Economic Analysis of the West Bank
9:45am Drive to the Tent of Nations
10:30am — 11:30am Visit to the Tent of Nations
11:30am — 12:15pm Lunch at Tent of Nations
12:15pm – 1:45pm Panel of Palestinian Women
1:45pm – 2:45pm Depart for Jerusalem. Walk through Checkpoint 300
2:45pm — 3:45pm Closing Circle

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