Today's Israeli youth grow up in isolated school systems, hardening their opinions and behaviors from a young age. Bringing together youth from different backgrounds, is critical to building a shared future in Israel.
Gesher's multi-day Encounter Seminars shatter stereotypes, create channels of communication and inspire mutual responsibilty and activism in today's youth.
Highschoolers from secular and religious schools come together for intensive 3-day transformational seminars that focus on critical issues of Jewish and Israeli identity, democracy and pluralism in a Jewish state.
· Breaks down barriers between secular and religious youth
· Facilitates effective communication
· Increases mutual understanding
· Assists students define and express their Jewish-Israeli identity.
"We continue these seminars because it is a relatively short workshop that changes the attitudes and viewpoints of students and provides sustainability for the years to come." ~Nahariya School Teacher
*Gesher Encounter Seminars are funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.