Sample Invitation for Community Dialogue Sessions
Would you like to have a constructive, respectful conversation with other Jewish people whose viewsabout the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are different from yours? Are you interested in talking about your experiences, feelings, convictions, and questions in an environment that promotes mutual learning?
Jews of all perspectives and backgrounds are invited to an introductory community dialogue,sponsored by the Jewish Dialogue Group.
JDG (www.jewishdialogue.org) is a grassroots organization based in Philadelphia that works to foster constructive dialoguewithin Jewish communities about difficult issues.
Date / Time(It is important that participants be present for the whole conversation, so please plan to come on timeand stay until the end.)
__________ You will have the chance to:
share your perspective on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
learn about perspectives different from your own
reflect on your own experiences, feelings, and ideas, and explore your questions
learn about opportunities to participate in more in-depth dialogue programs in the futureThe dialogue will be useful to you whether you feel certain, ambivalent, or confused about your views,and whether you have studied these issues in depth or you are just beginning to think about them.
To Sign Up:
Space is very limited. If you would like to participate, please complete a brief questionnaire by deadline: weblink for sign-up formWe will let you know by ______ whether or not we are able to include you this time. If we do not haveenough room for you in this session, we will be sure to inform you about other upcoming dialogues.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-266-1218. For more information, you
may also visit www.jewishdialogue.org.
What to Expect
In our dialogue programs, JDG leaders facilitate intimate conversations in small groups. Thefacilitators will set up a structure for the conversation and pose specially designed questions that willhelp each person to speak and listen in a manner that fosters mutual understanding and reflection. Youwill be encouraged to explore your differences, seeking to understand them more fully, but not to persuade one another or to seek consensus or compromise.After a brief introduction, you will set up some communication agreements, like ground rules, for theconversation. Then you will take turns responding to a series of questions. You will have anopportunity to share:
how the conflict has affected you, and experiences that have shaped your responses to theconflict