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October 16, 2009

I raised money for the Arava Institute through the 2007 Israel Ride. After living in Israel for two years, I know that the work the Institute is doing is essential. They are offering a safe and educational venue to share in a vision for a brighter future not just for our environment but for a region filled with conflict.

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

their work in Israel.

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

their role as a change agent in Israel for environmental issues and peace.

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

wonderful people and truly committed to the vision.

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

continue to build it's existing programs while helping to create even greater change in the way the middle east approaches environmental issues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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This will be my sixth visit to the Arava Institute in as many years. The Institute is an oasis of reason and communication in tne middle of a desert in conflict. I strongly support their mission. Perhaps it isn't as complicated as we all think. Communication can go a long way towards peace

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

meeting Jordanians, Israelis and Palestinians talking calmly to one another. They have a greater appreciation of the other persons point of view

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

Expand the school to include more students and teachers. This would lead to a better environment and a better chance for peace in the area

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It is perfect for me!

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 attended the Arava Institute in 2000 as an undergraduate student, and was forever changed by the open dialogue and frank discussions that took place about the Middle East, cultural differences, peace, environmental issues, and the ways we can all work together toward common goals. Since my semester-long experience, I've kept in touch with folks I met there through the alumni network, and my current workplace hosted an intern from Jordan through an Arava connection.

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

the diversity of people who are involved, and the wide range of experiences that each brings to the table. The fact that Arava provides a real, on-the-ground example of how different people can live and work together, seeing past differences.

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 daughter spent a year studying at the Arava Institute, and I visited her there for a week. I can tell you that this experience was life-changing. The academic level is very high, and the attention to individual student needs is careful. The program succeeded in taking advantage of the location to do more than just learn "about" the desert, but to help the students become steeped in the real experience of the desert. But most important of all was the experience of living, learning, and become intimate friends with people who used to seem like the "other side" but who are really the most connected of partners. My daughter's experience at the Arava Institute has changed not only her life and the lives of her new friends from all over the Middle East, it has changed my own life and the lives of our community. The whole world looks different. Yes, the challenges are great. But there is reason for optimism as these young people put their incredible energy into this holy work.

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

becoming friends, through my daughter who participated, with Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli Arab young people who are committed to solving the environmental problems of the Middle East and the world.

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

Expand opportunities for building community across perceived borders, and put into practice some of the experimental new techniques for making an impact on the environment in a place where environmental issues are a real hold-up to peace.

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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The arava institute serves a mission to make the middle east a more cooperative and environmentally sustainable place throughout collaboration and education.

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

learning its mission and meeting the graduates of the program.

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

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

The people and their commitment

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

outstanding and dedicated

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

really make a tremendous impact for the environment and its partners in the middle east

Ways to make it better...

I could participate again

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

the economic climate

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

I think about their mission daily

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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It's the noise! When I attended the Arava Institute's first big meeting in the US at the Rayburn Senate Offices in DC, the room was filled with current and former students: Palestinians, Jordanians, Israelis, Israeli-Arabs...a gamut representaton of the Mideast. Here were "enemies" who had been freed of the shackles of learned hatred, and had learned instead - through the urgency of environmental challenges - the roots of their common humanity. The noise? It was the joyful collective cacaphony of young people talking about anything, sharing their thoughts and feelings with each other, REVELING IN THEIR COMPANY; but - most importantly - shaking off the silence of despair and mistrust. I've been around, and I have never heard such a beautiful noise before or since!

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

It's REAL commitment to peace and the safe, healthful environment for all the Mideast.

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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The goaols and aims of the Arava Institue are ideas that I strongly believe on: cooperative efforts bewteen Israelies and Arabs for environmental studies AND for cooperative grassroot efforts to bring mutual understanding to the individuals who must live together in the region. The ARAVA Insttue has taken these goals and practices the means to get to the end.. I have supported the organization for 4 years and hope to be able to continue that support in the future.

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

The ability to become involved with the students at the Institue during my visits to the Kibbutz and to see how the students interact with each other on a daily basis.

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

Extremly dedicated to the goals of the Institute and to each other

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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October 16, 2009

Friends of the Arava Institute is very conscious of making sure that they money it raises gets to the institute that it supports. Because the Arava Institute has such universal appeal, it is a cause behind which not only Jews, but also non-Jews can really around.

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

bring many more Arabs and Jews together to work on the an issue that has no borders.

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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Yes, I am prejudiced: I have the honor of serving on the board of the Friends of the Arava Institute, but I would not be on this board, or sing its praises, if I didn't believe that what the Arava Institute does is worthy of my support. Here's why: The Arava Institute is a place where peace and coexistence are no mere buzz words. The people and the programs walk the talk of peace. It's not just about "hugs and hummus meetings." The students, staff, alumni, faculty, are building bridges of peace through long-term, enduring relationships with each other and with projects that benefit the air we breathe, the land we walk on and the water we drink and need for survival. The organization's motto, "Nature Knows No Borders" is one we all need to recognize and remember if our precious children and this precious planet are to survive.

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

inspiring. They convince me, every time I meet them, that peace is possible, even in a place like the Middle East, where far too many have given up hope.

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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This is a worthwhile organization both for its environmental mission of awareness and in building bridges among Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians. There are few organizations willing to take the risks and engage in edgy, creative activities to help people from diverse and potential hostile groups interact. The personal interactions with speakers, high level political persona and topical experts make this a very important entity to pay attention to and support!

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

probably create environmentally friendly settlements in all 3 regions that would cooperate, prosper, trade and intermingle as a social and political model for others in the region.

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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