|Leaving the Israeli Foreign Service in mid-career, Joab Eichenberg-Eilon turned his efforts to applied, decision-making and policy research. At the Interdisciplinary Center for Technology Analysis and Forecasting at Tel Aviv University (ICTAF), he was one of the pioneers—even before the Oslo Peace Initiative made it “kosher”—who explored the prospects of joint projects between Israel and the rest of the Middle East, including the Occupied Territories. His original research was a proposal for supplying electric power and desalinated water from a combined facility to the Gaza Strip and the adjoining Israeli areas as an impetus to economic growth and transfer of technology. This led to his participation in the 1992 Zurich joint Israeli-Palestinian academic conference on water issues, the very first such conference. Consequently he was invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), the only joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think-tank in the world, founded in Jerusalem in 1988, devoted to developing practical solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He was part of an Israeli-Palestinian delegation invited by the Belgian government to study models of peaceful coexistence functioning in that country.
At the same time Eichenberg-Eilon was a fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), where he founded and managed the Knesset Intern Program (a corps of select graduate students serving as research aides to Knesset Standing Committees); he was the rapporteur of the first five Caesarea Conferences (Israel’s foremost economic conference, the recommendations of which have become the basis for many economic policy initiatives considered by Israeli governments and the Knesset); and he coordinated the IDI Commission on Israel-Diaspora Relations under former Tel Aviv University President Prof. Haim Ben-Shahar, which presented its recommendations to the Jewish Agency in the summer of 1997. Eichenberg-Eilon joined the Hebrew Union College, moved to the US in 1998 and was ordained as a rabbi in Cincinnati in 2000. Since then he served as Associate Professor at the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies, as well as in several congregational and educational positions in the US.