It offered me a way to stretch myself and face uncomfortable realities in a way that I often (whether consciously or not) tend to avoid doing. Specifically, it reinforced the urgency and centrality of the conflict within the array of issues, causes, and experiences through I which I relate to the State of Israel. At the same time, it connected me to an incredible network of passionate Jewish leaders who now share the same powerful and unsettling experience.
Rabbi Avraham Bronstein
Rabbi, The Hampton Synagogue
The trip forever colors your understanding of the security of Israel… It deepens your knowledge and exposure no matter how much you've read.
Director of Heritage Alumni, Wexner Foundation
It's essential for Jewish leaders.
Rabbi Sharon Brous
Senior/Founding Rabbi, IKAR
I feel more engaged [after the Encounter program]. When I read news stories or hear personal narratives about the conflict, I feel like I have the tools to respond. I'm more sensitive to the challenges that Palestinians face, though I retain skepticism for any simplistic solutions to the conflict.
Rabbi Joshua Heller
Senior Rabbi, B'nai Torah, Sandy Springs, Georgia
I am so impressed with the staff and the culture of this organization.
Chair, Jewish Women’s Foundation NY