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October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

The FOAI and AIES are two of the most wonderful organizations I've participated in. They are working together to build a cohort of leaders across cultural, religious, and national boundaries that recognize one another as fellow humans with the same needs and wants.

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

Israel Ride Spring 2009

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I would like to suggest a interfaith bicycle ride to support the work of these organizations

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

meeting the students who are benefiting from the scholarships

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

devoted and energetic

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

create peace and environmental sustainability

Ways to make it better...

couldn't be better

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

ongoing, long-term stable funding stream

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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My experience of the Arava Institute is as a participant in their annual fundraising bike ride in November 2008. In addition to an incredibly well organized event, the experience introduced me to current students and alumni of the institute (my fiance studied there several years ago as well). I was profoundly touched not only by the top-notch scholarly activities of the Institute, but by their wonderful grass-roots peacemaking efforts. Face to face interactions, and working side by side appears to be the most effective way to build the bridge of peace between people in the region. It's slow, costly and requires a great deal of patience and courage. with an expanded budget, this small program could evolve into something incredible.

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

committed to the aims of the program. They were passionate about their work in both the academic and social justice field. I was moved by the courage of many of the participants as their time at the Institute was in contradiction of many cultural norms.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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The Arava Institute was one of the most profound & meaningful experiences in my life. I gained so much from my time learning at the institute. The broad spectrum of traditional academic in classroom learning & adventurous hands on out in the world learning opened my mind to a multitude of possibilities. It inspired & continues to invigorate my work every day as Jewish Educator & Movement Therapist. The institute served as a gateway & catalyst in my creation of NefeshBliss, a system of Yoga & Dance Therapy rooted in Torah which I teach to all ages all over the world. Thank you Arava Institute!

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

every aspect of my life.

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

their excitement & receptivity to innovation.

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

Outstanding, dedicated, inspiring!

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

wow, save the political, social & environment of the middle east & beyond.

Ways to make it better...

not sure, my experience was perfect.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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I've had the opportunity to see the relationships that developed between Arab and Israeli students, when we had a Palestinian and an Israeli student from the Arava Institute staying at our home. Their closeness and level of cooperation was truly amazing. It revived my feelings of hope for the future of the Middle East. Since then I have had the opportunity to meet numerous students and alumni and made a visit to the Arava Institute. They are truly an inspiration. After 11 years of struggle just to survive, there are now enough alumni of the program to see the impact they are beginning to have in their own communities and governments. The Arava Institute's is all about transborder cooperation and the building of personal relationship and trust that advance both the effect on the environment and progress towards peace.

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

my personal contact with the students and faculty. Arabs and Israelis who had never had contact with the other, and viewed the other as the enemy, were able to appreciate and empathize with the others position even if they disagreed.

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

the commitment of the students and faculty to the environment and coexistence.

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

extremely committed and hard working. The volunteer Board of Trustees for the Friends of the Arava Institute is very active and hard working.

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

build a real campus and triple the number of students. I believe that this could have a huge impact on the environment, transborder cooperation and peace efforts in the Middle East.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I am an alumnus of the Arava Institute and a passionate supporter of it. Arava helped to shape my views, beliefs, and professional experience as an environmental health specialist. The Machon is always close to my heart and I continue to support the mission of Arava in my personal and professional life. The concept that nature has no borders is a simple and essential tool in helping to bring together environmental experts to solve the environmental issues of the Middle East. This concept is functional and factual and I have seen it in practice with my own eyes. Arava's work is essential to the future of our natural world and a real world path towards reconciliation in the Middle East.

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

the personal and professional relationships i've developed there which have lasted a decade.

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

it's crucial mission and the amazing caliber of the people who are a part of it.

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

some of the most caring positive people i have ever meet. All alumni end up doing "good". Alumni are environmental experts in academia, government, and the private sector, or go on to other very important social & public service work.

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

bring about environmental progress and the building of bridges between peoples that much faster and on a wider scope.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I first visited the Arava Institute four years ago and have been back several times since. As an environmental educator and funder of grassroots environmental projects in the U.S. and Israel, I find the work that the Institute is extraordinary on every level --- their absolute dedication to peace through environmental understanding and sustainability; a dedicated faculty and integrated student body of Israelis, Palestinians,Jordanians and North Americans and a fully transparent accountability of their activities.

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

watching how it's message is being spread throughout the interfaith and peace community

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

working with others who have similar vision and goals for peace in the Mideast through the common language of the environment.

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

all very genuine and dedicated.

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

expand it's exposure and influence to more countries surrounding Israel, as well as be a global model.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I visited Arava as a participant in the Israel Bike ride in 2007, and with the Friends of Arava support presented a program recently to gain knowledge and support for Arava in the Northwest of the US. Though peace building is in a way secondary to its academic purposes, Arava represent a huge hope in the deeply cynical maze of mid east feelings. The young men and women I met there are some of the most amazing people I've known. As a long time environmental activist in the US, I am also impressed by the sophistication of Arava's environmental programs, especially compared to the overall rather undeveloped Israeli environmental movement.

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

getting to know some of the students and staff at Arava, and understanding the unique role they are playing in the mid east

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have had the good fortune to visit the Institute and meet with its staff and students. I was very impressed with the work they are doing and the commitment of the all of those invovled with the Institute and the Friends of the Institute to its goal of peace through the environment. I have been a contributed to the Institute in the past and will certainly do so again.

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

listening to former students and staff speak to the general public about how the Institute has changed their lives and how they have used their own experiences to improve the enviroment and work towards peace.

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

the commitment of all those involved to the aims and goals of the Institute.

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

friendly, knowledgeable and committed to the organization.

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

it could make even greater progress toward improving the environment and bringing about peace in the Middle East.

Ways to make it better...

I had even more time to spend with those involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Friend of the Arava Institute supports work that gives us hope - working on the idea that nature has no borders and that people bond over common goals, creating a new generation of Middle East environmental problem solvers will help bring peace as well as a healthier earth.

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

Israel, seeing their work in solar power.

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

the sense of optimism it gives in a very bleak time of deteriorated environment as well as Arab/Israel relations.

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

Dynamic and smart!

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

Expand the vision of Arabs and Israelis working together to promote healthier ecosystems, generate clean energy, and approach the water crisis together.

Ways to make it better...

they sold Carbon Offsets!

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

Finances, post meltdown.

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

I would like to see adult internships, classes and work projects, short term on site.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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As a member for several years, I have been overwhelmed by the value of this organization, both substantively and symbolically. It is a model for peace in the region. I have been most impressed with all involved.

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

Seeing how it gives good people on both sides of the Middle East divide a chance to express their vision for the future.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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