An authentic, meaningful experience with the Jewish community in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Encounter is a short-term, introductory level training program that provides Christians (high-school age and up) with the opportunity to engage in a biblically-based ministry experience of loving and serving Israel and the Jewish community. Travel to Philadephia area required.
➝ Take a Hasidic Jewish tour of Brooklyn
➝ Visit the famous Katz's Deli
➝ See an Orthodox Sabbath service
➝ Visit a Holocaust Museum
➝ Tour The Friends of Israel Headquarters
➝ Make Jewish friends
➝ Assist in a Jewish community service project
Enjoy an authentic experience that opens your eyes to the Jewish community in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey, engage with Jewish people, honor their past, and learn more about the hope that awaits them.
2024 ENCOUNTER DATES:
May 29—June 2, 2024
July 24—28, 2024
August 21—25, 2024
$500 per person
Pastors and Christian leaders (those in full-time vocational ministry) may join any of our three Encounter dates at the discounted rate of $300 per person.
Join us for one of our upcoming Get Involved with FOI Interest Meetings:
May 21, 2024 | August 20, 2024
8:30 PM ET
Each FOI Equip classes air on Thursdays at 7:30 pm EDT (GMT -4)
The Search: FOI Evangelism Training
TEACHER: LORNA SIMCOX
JUNE 16, 23, 30
Join Lorna Simcox, Editor-in-Chief of Israel My Glory magazine, and author of the Search, as she shares her personal testimony as a Jewish believer and lessons on how to be a witness for Christ.
TEACHER: PAULA KOREN
AUGUST 11 & 18
Join Friends of Israel Field Ministries Representative Paula Koren to learn about preparing traditional Jewish food. More details coming soon!
Watch on demand
If you miss a class or want to get caught up, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! All past FOI Equip classes are posted online for you to watch on demand on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
FOI Equip Podcasts
The Jew & The Gentile Podcast
Listen weekly to Chris Katulka (the Gentile dude) and Steve Herzig (the Jewish sage) as they unpack the Scriptures, comment on current events related to Israel and the Jewish people, tell stories about ministry, and explain some fun Jewish culture and customs. You’ll even learn some Yiddish words along the way! Oy!
The Gesher Podcast with Ty Perry
The Gesher Podcast is the place where the Evangelical and Jewish communities come together for intelligent conversation about the things that matter; where we discuss history, theology, culture, and a shared Judeo-Christian heritage.
Get Trained to Serve!
Level up with FOI Equip! Our expert training staff will prepare you to serve or volunteer with The Friends of Israel in your community. Find out ways you can get involved.
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