Introductory Dialogue Sessions — 2012
Would you like to have a constructive, respectful conversation with people whose views about 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?
The Jewish Dialogue Group invites Jews of all perspectives and backgrounds to our upcoming introductory dialogue sessions.
Where: We plan to hold dialogues in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Boston, Washington (DC), and Chicago this year.
When: The dialogues will take place on Sundays or weekday evenings. The times of the dialogues will depend on the availablity of those who are interested. Each session will last two hours.
Who: These gatherings will give you an opportunity to talk with other Jews who have strong feelings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and related issues, including both people who are like-minded and people whose perspectives may be very different from your own. The dialogues will be useful to you whether you feel certain about your views or you feel more ambivalent or confused.
What: You will have the chance to:
Registration:Please use our online registration form to sign up. We will do our best to include you in one of these upcoming programs, and we will get back to you about scheduling.
What to Expect
In our dialogue programs, JDG leaders facilitate intimate conversations in small groups. The facilitators set up structure for the conversation and pose specially designed questions that help participants speak and listen in a manner that fosters mutual understanding and reflection. We encourage you to explore your differences, seeking to understand them more fully, but not to persuade one another or to seek consensus or compromise.
Our dialogues invite participants to speak about several topics:
Each participant has the same amount of time to address these questions. Next, participants engage in less-structured discussion in which you can ask each other questions, respond to one another, and build on ideas that have come up.
All participants will be expected to observe the following ground rules: