Friends of the Arava Institute

Rating: 4.92 stars   210 reviews

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Location: 896 Beacon Street Boston MA 02215 USA

Mission: Friends of the Arava Institute is the North American nonprofit organization that is focused on raising visibility and support for the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. The Arava Institute is a ground-breaking academic institution located in the south of Israel built on the philosophy that Nature Knows No Borders. Operating in a region of historic conflict, the Institute brings together young future leaders from Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and beyond, to study common environmental challenges as a platform not only for advancing sustainability but for developing the trust, respect, and understanding that can serve as a foundation for peace.
Geographic areas served: North America
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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4 people found this review helpful

I have followed Arava through our connection with Rabbi Michael Cohen. It is one of the most impressive ventures in Israel, combining a love of the land and a love of peace, with the prayer that Arabs and Jews can live together in the land in harmony.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

move us so much closer to peace.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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The Institute represents something much more significant than simply an educational establishment. It was wonderful witnessing and experiencing a sense of togetherness with humans from both sides of the 'border' (whether that be within Israel or outside).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly friendly and supportive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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I've known of the Arava Institute's work for several years and it is the only organization that truly understands that environmental issues are not defined by maps or borders. Only by working together on a practical level, through EDUCATION, can Israelis and Palestinians work towards resolving environmental issues AND political issues. The many students I've met have been stellar and I applaud and support the work of the Arava Institute.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting faculty, board members and students.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They truly discuss and work through the issues and provide solutions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible human beings!!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

CHANGE THE WORLD (even more than it does presently).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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As an Arab and Jordanian student my main concern was to meet and introduce myself to another culture were i can find understanding to the peace process that been going around for years now but not clearly going as fast as i expected . so i decided to find a chance to help in this process not through politics but through the people themselves , but arava institute didnt cover that side only for me , as i learned that our similarities more than our differences and i also learned about environment , leadership, energy , and created a great and lovely friends from all over the world . its more than anyone expectations from one course , so i cant call it a course i can call it a life chance for developing my self , wishing you all the best in the future.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional staff with high level of education and down to earth people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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The efforts of the Arava Institute are inspiring! Methuselah is one of the most interesting projects in which they are involved (although likely not the most important). Nevertheless, the idea of restoring an ancient fruit is amazing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

When I first made a donation because of the Methusaleh project, I actually heard personally from the person in charge of the project. By that action, this organization took itself from a bottomless pit for money to making a real connection with a donor.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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2 people found this review helpful

Friends of the Arava Institute supports an incredibly visionary endeavor. Environmental research and education is needed everywhere, but perhaps noplace more than in the Middle East, where contention over scarce resources exacerbates all other regional tensions. On my visit to Israel several years ago, I participated in a hike/study session led by an Arava Institute educator, who integrated scientific insight, spiritual inspiration, and experiential education in a moving and effective way. I have followed their work, and support it, since that time, and have only grown more impressed with their international focus and their desire and ability to create dialogue and cooperation on important issues across national and ethnic borders. Highly recommended!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the continual innovation and ongoing evaluation of their programs — no "coasting".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Volunteering at the Friends of the Arava Institute has changed the way I view the interplay between society and the environment. Gaining an appreciation for the caliber of the individuals, and the vision, behind the Institute has instilled in me a greater hope for the future. My lasting impression of interning at the Friends of The Arava Institute: the laughs I shared with students, co-workers and fellow interns.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing a mutual respect for cultural differences develop among the students, while at the same time seeing the individuals of the Institute brought closer together through the common ground of tackling environmental issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the lifelong relationships I developed with the amazing people who work there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

bright, energetic, and positive. Eager to help and to see their work make a difference

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a network of alumni to engage in outreach to highlight the bonds of friendship made through trans-boundary partnership. Also, fund more research to help promote sustainable solutions to water resource management and alternative energy needs.

Ways to make it better...

the some of the spare housing units on the campus had better insulation to keep the rooms cooler in the summer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Political fallout from regional conflicts whose scope are out the Institutes control, but whose consequences resonate with international student and researcher cooperation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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One time

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2009-6-01

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i have friends who have worked for, and are related to this place. they have chosen it over other international options as it is one of if not the best place.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how profesional it is

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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2 people found this review helpful

The students come to the Institute to learn, but it is the rest of us who have so much to learn from the students!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do exactly what it does now. What the students, faculty, alumni, and staff do every day is worth far more than money. It would, however, make it possible to give more scholarships to students, and fund more projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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I attended the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in 2005-2006 with funding from Fulbright. My experience was challenging and fun, and, academically-speaking, a great transition into interdisciplinary pedagogy. Socially, it is a unique experience considering it includes a sub-section of conflicting parties in the region and actively includes activities for dealing with those issues constructively. In addition, the kibbutz, and of course, the desert life, are a fantastic view into how communities can live meaningfully in the margins.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so far as it advanced my academic career and changed fundamentally my view on the conflicts in the Middle East.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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