2010–2011 Seminar Participants
Dave FainDavid is working toward his Master’s Degree in Jewish Education at Pardes. David is passionate about education, listening, and connecting, as he believes these are three fundamental ideas that will improve the world. He is looking forward to returning to North America to teaching, and more importantly, to being taught by his students next year.
“Encounter has enabled me to struggle with my relationship with Israel and everything it means to me, thus enabling me to grow, both as a person and as a member of the larger Jewish community. I hope that the skills and experiences I have gained through the Leadership Seminar will empower and excite me to share and engage other Jewish leaders to struggle with and deepen their relationship with Israel.”
Miriam FarberMiriam is a first-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Prior to rabbinical school, she studied classical Jewish texts at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and worked as a community organizer at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, Massachusetts, through the Jewish Organizing Initiative. Originally from New York, Miriam graduated from Brandeis University in 2008. She has spent many summers at the URJ Eisner Camp in the Berkshires.
“Through the Seminar, I have had the opportunity to meet inspiring activists and leaders in Palestinian society and have been blessed to form deep relationships with my colleagues in the fields of the rabbinate and Jewish education. I look forward to [continuing] these relationships… [as] sources of inspiration and support in the work of conflict transformation.”
Tamara FrankelTamara is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Jewish Education at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she has studied Jewish texts and engaged with Israel in many contexts: growing up in a Zionist home and day school in Toronto, learning in seminary in Israel, spending her junior year of college studying at Hebrew University and now learning at Pardes for the past year and a half.
“As a member of the Encounter Leadership Seminar, I feel compelled to examine Jewish texts which address both supportive and undermining activities, ideologies and policies within and around Israel. In this effort, I am committed to integrating Torah study into my passionate love for, commitment to and understanding of the State of Israel. Upon completing the Seminar, I hope to incorporate my experiences in the Encounter Seminar and my knowledge of Jewish texts into the Israel Education of my students and community in North America.”
Ilanit GoldbergIlanit is a third-year rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Ilanit’s professional experience includes serving as a community organizer and educator at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and as a program director for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. Last year she taught a year-long course on Judaism and social justice, and she spent the summer as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at the Middlebury College School of Hebrew. Ilanit is currently studying in Jerusalem and participating in the Encounter Advanced Leadership Seminar.
“The Advanced Leadership Seminar has given me the opportunity to deeply engage with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through experiential learning and practical skills-building. I am learning to more effectively facilitate conversations about Israel that encourage participants to respectfully listen to diverse perspectives. The Seminar is providing me with facilitation skills that are relevant not only to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but to conflict transformation in many other contexts. My rabbinical school has recognized the value of the Seminar by granting practical rabbinics credit for my participation in the program.”
Dan KaimanDan Kaiman is a rabbinical student at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California, currently studying at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Born in Pensacola, Forida and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey, Dan attended Rutgers University where he studied Political Science and Jewish Studies. An alumnus of the Ramah Camping movement, Dan has worked as an educator, facilitator and group leader in a variety of settings.
“Encounter has given me the tools and a forum to develop skills for speaking and educating about Israel in a thoughtful way. The Encounter community continues to be a deep source of strength and support as I explore and confront the everyday realities of the conflict.
When I return to the States I hope… [to] facilitate safe, open and honest conversations about Israel in my communities.”
Amy PearlmanAmy is currently the Operations and Programs Assistant for Encounter. Amy joined the Encounter team after spending the previous year learning at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Learning in Jerusalem, immersing herself in Jewish texts as well as exploring Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank. Before arriving in Israel, Amy graduated from Cornell University in 2009, where she served as Hillel President, founded a Jewish-Muslim dialogue, founded a Hillel-Black Student Union Katrina Initiative, and was awarded the 2009 Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize in Peace Studies.
“Being a participant in Encounter’s Advanced Leadership Seminar has transformed the way I approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By learning effective communication, facilitation and leadership skills, I have been able to better engage with others to grapple with the serious issues of the conflict. My work at Encounter has truly been enhanced by the work I have done through the Seminar, and I anticipate exponential growth stemming from these experiences as I continue my work with Encounter, the conflict and the region.”
Shivonne QuinteroShivonne Quintero graduated summa cum laude from University of Florida with a BA in Comparative Religion. Questions of, “What is most important in life?”, “What are my values and how do my actions reflect them?” and “What does it mean to be a good person?” have lead her to reflect on her relationships and her service to others, her relationship with herself and with God. She has thus far worked primarily in the fields of social justice and social work. She is currently in her second year of Jewish text learning as a fellow at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.
“Through Encounter, I have found a place where, as an American Jew, I feel appropriately able to contribute to peaceful transformation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Participation in the Leadership Seminar has helped me to recognize and communicate my experiences of the conflict—a step I believe is paramount in taking wise action—and to help others to do the same… I hope to continue using the models of self-reflection and communication I am learning in the Seminar as teaching tools in my future work as a counselor and educator.”