Encounter is an educational organization that cultivates informed Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We do not take specific positions regarding the outcome of the conflict. We do, however, hold a set of values that underlie all of our work, including organizational programs, alumni activities, and staff and board interactions. Our vision is one of genuine peace: an environment of safety and equity that embraces the full dignity of all.
Encounter cultivates resilient mutual listening and curiosity, between Jews and Palestinians as well as between Jews and other Jews with divergent worldviews.
Kavod/Dignity & Integrity:
Encounter affirms the fundamental dignity of all human beings, and encourages deep respect for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of all people.
Encounter values the persistent seeking of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, particularly of unfamiliar and differing perspectives.
Encounter encourages all of us to find softness within ourselves, and to extend mercy, graciousness, and the most expansive possible view of each other.
Encounter encourages receptivity rather than dogmatism, openness to being transformed by new encounters and ideas.
Encounter programs integrate mind, body, and heart -- taking into consideration the complexity of learning needs and the fullness of the human person.
Elu v’elu/Multiple voices:
Encounter values the multiplicity of voices within societies and even within individuals, knowing our deepest creativity often emerges from contradictions and complexity.