The Israel Conversation:Speaking Across Conflict for Jewish Communal Leaders
As our community conversations on Israel become increasingly polarized and stuck, RabbiMelissa Weintraub (founding Director of Encounter) and mediator and sociologist EyalRabinovitch offer trainings, coaching, and consultation for communal leaders to successfullyplay the role of conveners, healers, and facilitators. With two decades of experience insupporting communication across lines of division and conflict, we work with rabbis, educators,and Jewish communal leaders to create an enduring infrastructure for constructive engagementacross our differences.
: Learn key conflict resolution skills for effective interpersonalcommunication and public speaking that allow you and others to share views andexperiences while inviting curiosity, collaboration, and constructive debate.
Program Design and Policy Development:
Create a programmatic road map to fostermeaningful, inclusive conversations that allow people to learn, listen, and speak openlyand passionately. Create and articulate a thoughtful policy of organizational andcommunal boundaries for engaging Israel in ways that live up to core Jewish values.
Training, Coaching and Consultation
Mediation Skills for Communal LeadersThis training is designed for leaders seeking to play a healing or convening role when others arestuck in toxic, tense communication. Learn to help community members listen fully to oneanother, find solutions to shared problems, and speak directly to what matters most to them.Effective Advocacy TrainingThis training strengthens the capacity of advocates and activists to speak persuasively toskeptical or hostile audiences. Learn to make arguments in ways that are most likely to be heardby
those that don’t agree with you
, maximizing your ability to create change in your audienceand your relationship to them.Coaching and ConsultationFor those seeking to defuse tension and create generative engagement across divisions, we alsooffer personalized one-on-one coaching to leaders and consultation to institutions. Throughindividualized coaching, leaders build their communication skills and learn to advocate, mediate,or facilitate conversations amidst toxic communication and heated conflict. We work closelywith leaders to build successful
programs, norms, and systems that support people to “doconflict” well.
Who we are
Eyal Rabinovitch is a mediator, facilitator, and trainer focused on supporting individuals andcommunities communicate with integrity, passion, and respect. He consults with organizationsgrappling with divisive and contentious social issues, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict andabortion in America. Rabinovitch has mediated dozens of interpersonal, community, and