Encounter gave me an opportunity that I had long been missing: to listen to the stories, perspectives, and experiences of Palestinians living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. As a passionate supporter of Israel who yearns for peace, this experience was critical to a more complete understanding of the complexity of this land…
Rabbi Adam Raskin
Senior Rabbi, Congregation Har Shalom
This is an intense trip that quickly immerses you in narratives of Palestinians that are mostly hidden to Jews living in Israel. You will have access to unvarnished insights that will deepen your understanding of the Palestinian narrative and broaden your understanding of the conflict. You will have the chance to ask hard questions and to struggle deeply with colleagues about the challenges you witness. All of this in a deeply supportive environment.
Rabbi Elliott Tepperman
Rabbi, Bnai Keshet, New Jersey
So important to put faces and images to labels we read about. So important to humanize those often pitted as our enemies. So important to do so with Jews in a context of Ahavat Yisrael.
Rabbi David Wolkenfeld
Senior Rabbi, Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel
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
It is a duty to listen to all the stories if you wish to have a properly functioning moral compass.
Rabbi Steve Greenberg
Executive Director, Eshel