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Yona Shem-Tov, Executive Director, Encounter

Thursday, December 16, 2021 12 Tevet 5782

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMZoom

Listening to the Wide Spectrum of Young American Jewish Thought on Israel Series
The response to the eruption of violence in Israel and Gaza in May of 2021 revealed a changing perspective on the part of younger American Jews regarding the Jewish State and its relationship with the Palestinian people.  In order to fully understand this shift, we are inviting thought leaders representing varying views as expressed by younger American Jews.  We invite you to join us in listening, confronting and wrestling with divergent opinions as we consider the relationship between Israel and American Jewry. 

Yona has worked as a Jewish educator for over 20 years. Prior to joining Encounter in 2011, Yona pursued grad¬uate studies at The Hebrew University and doctoral research in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. While at NYU, she co-founded a national program linking scholars and prac-titioners of Jewish History Education, and helped launch the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship — an initia¬tive of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation linking Muslim and Jewish social entre¬pre¬neurs from France, the U.K. and the U.S.

Encounter is an educational organization working toward informed, courageous and resilient American & Israeli Jewish communal leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe this moment, and responsible Jewish leadership demands of us to engage seriously and directly with both the voices of others in our community and of Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Our programs offer the opportunity to do both, which in our view, is a fundamental act of Ahavat Yisrael: Love of One’s People.

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