In-Depth Learning: Retreat Tracks

Each partic­i­pant in the Alumni Retreat chooses one of the following six program tracks:

  1. Facilitation Training: The Israeli Palestinian conflict has become a “wedge issue” in the Jewish commu­nity. This work­shop will train leaders to facil­i­tate communal conver­sa­tions built on deep, respectful listening and honest, civil discourse about the conflict. Hone your facil­i­ta­tion skills in order to create space for conver­sa­tions about this chal­lenging topic in your community.
  2. Congregational Israel Engagement : Geared for rabbis, cantors and exec­u­tive direc­tors of congre­ga­tions, this work­shop trains congre­ga­tions to develop wise, nuanced and compas­sionate engage­ment with Israel. The work­shop explores how to involve the various stake­holders in a congre­ga­tional context, given congre­ga­tional leaders’ diverse roles and the long-term rela­tion­ships they sustain with congregants.
  3. Telling My Story: This work­shop trains Encounter alumni to speak in a compelling way about their Encounter expe­ri­ences and thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The work­shop helps to develop and prac­tice your message and speaking skills, with profes­sional and peer feedback.
  4. Encounter Torah / Peace-building Beit Midrash: Peace fills our Jewish prayers, even as it eludes us in concrete terms. The Rabbis teach that peace is not only a promise, but a command-– a required path of service to G-d. This session will be dedi­cated to exploring Jewish tradi­tions of peace-building and dialogue through text study. The session will include both guided group text study and study in pairs/chevruta with Jewish leaders from a diver­sity of backgrounds.
  5. Israel Education – Community of Practice: Learn about existing approaches to teaching about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Create inno­v­a­tive lessons and curricula for teaching about the “complex Israel of the evening news” through creative collab­o­ra­tion with a team of expe­ri­enced peers in Jewish and Israel educa­tion. (Track limited to partic­i­pants in the ongoing Israel Education Community of Practice.)
  6. Peace-building Social Entrepreneurship: Alumni with inno­v­a­tive ideas for peace-building startup initia­tives will work­shop their ideas with expe­ri­enced entre­pre­neurs, consul­tants and peers and discuss the ABCs of real­izing their visions through creating start-ups.

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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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