Month: December 2017

Photo by Shulamit Seidler-Feller

D’var Torah – Encounter Reflection

Michael Simon, Northwestern Hillel, Executive Director
D'var Torah / Sermon

Two years ago, I was invited to participate on the first Encounter Intensive, and I was presented with an opportunity to join 25 other Jewish communal leaders on a four-day journey to the West Bank and East Jerusalem to engage in intensive – and intense – interactions with Palestinians. I had known about Encounter since it started, when I was in Jerusalem 15 years ago. I was honored to be asked to participate, but also reticent. I felt ready to engage with the Palestinian narrative, and I was excited to do so with incredible colleagues, but…what was the agenda? And what about the optics in the fraught political reality of our work, on campus and in the fishbowl of the Jewish community in which we exist? How would it look for me to engage with Palestinians in this way?

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