An announcement some of you might be interested in (I’m not affiliated with this group):

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Do you want to bring Jewish people together to talk across political differences about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other controversial issues? Check out the new guidebook to facilitating dialogue, just published by the Jewish Dialogue Group and the Public Conversations Project. If you have any questions, contact JDG at info at jewishdialogue dot org or visit www.jewishdialogue.org.
The Jewish Dialogue Group and the Public Conversations Project are pleased to announce the publication of our new guidebook: Constructive Conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Guide for Convening and Facilitating Dialogue in Jewish Communities in North America
This guidebook will provide you with step-by-step instructions and all of the other materials you will need to conduct dialogue programs that help people to:

  • listen to and understand one other across political differences
  • talk through their feelings
  • examine difficult moral and intellectual questions
  • think through the choices they face

We define “dialogue” as a conversation in which people seek mutual understanding rather than trying to convince each other, come to agreement, or reach a solution. In the sessions that the guidebook describes, participants meet in small groups to listen carefully to each other and reflect on their own perspectives. A facilitator works with them to create a structure for the conversation and then guides them through it. People have used our approach to dialogue for many purposes, including to:

  • repair painful divisions in synagogues or communities that are wracked by internal conflict
  • open up new conversations in communities that have shied away discussion of Israel
  • give people an opportunity to explore their questions and dilemmas in a welcoming atmosphere
  • bring together activists with differing perspectives to find useful ways to talk with each other

The book includes a special chapter that outlines a variety of Jewish teachings about dialogue, speech ethics, and listening, and explains how to bring them into dialogue programs.