How do I participate?

Are you an involved lay leader, phil­an­thropist, Federation Executive or  Jewish profes­sional?
A rabbi or rabbini­cal student?
A Jewish educa­tor, day school teacher, or Hillel profes­sional?

Do you iden­tify as polit­i­cally right-wing, centrist, or left-wing?  None of the above?

Encounter seeks out global Jewish lead­ers from across the reli­gious and polit­i­cal spec­trum to bring on one- and two-day jour­neys to Palestinian cities in the West Bank. Whether you are still in school or already estab­lished in your field, if your current or future career will involve speak­ing or teach­ing about the Middle East, we want to give you the oppor­tu­nity to hear Palestinian voices while trav­el­ing with a Jewish group.

Participants from a wide array of back­grounds, from rabbis and Jewish educa­tors, to Federation employ­ees, lay lead­ers, phil­an­thropists, and many other Jewish profes­sion­als. You can learn more about who comes on Encounter by read­ing our alumni profiles.

To sign up for one of our programs, check out the sched­ule of upcom­ing trips and then head to the online appli­ca­tion form.

Most Encounter trips bring together lead­ers from across the field of Jewish lead­er­ship, but each year we also orga­nize a number of trips for partic­u­lar audi­ences, such as exclu­sive trips for Rabbinical Students or all-Orthodox trips.  In addi­tion, we can work with your orga­ni­za­tion or program to include an Encounter trip as part of your Israel mission or dele­ga­tion.  Click here to learn more about our Delegation program.


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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