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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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

What a great way to break down cultural and religious barriers in the Middle East and benefit the environment at the same time. The Arava is unique in its mission and methods.

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

The ability to make a difference in a very troubled part of the world.

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

Do some pretty incredible things.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Israel needs this organization because it needs help in protecting its environment. The Friends of Arava is in the forefront of this worthy endeavor and deserves your support in safeguarding Israel's environment for future generations.

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

end the pollution of the Jordan River and make a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone in Israel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have taught environmental law several times at the Arava Institute. Teaching there is EXCITING and presents a challenge like no other, because of the diverse backgrounds and histories of the students. Without exception though, the students are engaged, and curious. They are there because they not only want to study cutting edge environmental issues, but also because they care most deeply about co-oexistence in the fragile Middle East. I am not aware of any place else in the world like the Arava Institute.

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

passion of those involved

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

As an alumni of the Arava Institute I would like to express how much this organization means to me and to all those it reaches. The Institute is committed to creating lasting change through knowledge, understanding, acceptance, dedication, passion, perseverance, and love.

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

the way it altered my perceptions and transformed my life.

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

some of the most incredible people I have ever met.

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

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am a Palestine from Bethlehem city, and I live in the middle of the long conflict between Jews and Arabs. In February, 2008 I completed my studies at the Arava Institute (AIES), and I started the joint Master program between AIES and Ben-Gurion University. This unique institute, provide the students – Jews and Arabs- a peaceful environment, equal opportunities, and amazing tools and knowledge to understand the narrative of the other side, the need for a secure home, rights of existence and ways of cooperation to survive in this small land. It also provides us with good knowledge and methods of how we should cooperate to protect our shared environments, and a better chance for good education.

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

every day of my life

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

being a student with other Jews, Arabs, and international students, living with them,experiencing different cultures.

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

amazing, very helpful, professional

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

bring more students, creating new facilities and doing more joint projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Friends Of the Arava Institute keeps an idealistic, ambitious organization for young environmental leaders, and for cooperation across cultures and political divides, going. It supports students who don't have the financial means, it recruits new students, and it serves as an invaluable backbone for the Arava Institute.

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

Meeting the amazing students who gain financial support to attend the Arava Institute and seeing how it changes their lives for the better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I visited the Arava Institute on a number of occasions as my daughter was a student there. Everyone who comes into contact woth the people there comes away changed.

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

The people

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

Passionate

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

Change Israel

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I had the opportunity to hear the executive director speak at a conference recently. The Institute is clearly breaking down stereotypes while making great advances within the enrironmental field.

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

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

full of energy and truly committed to the work of the Institute.

Ways to make it better...

the executive director was alloted more time to present.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I rode with the Arava last year. Myfirst long distance ride. The commraderie was great, and the enthusiam of the mult-ethnic support grtoup from Arava was contagious. I hope to repeat the trip next year. Ralph Rosenberg MD

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

seeing arabs and istaelis work together

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

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

A lovce of the land and the mutual repsect for arab/israeli

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

the best

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

perhaps save some lives by inceasing arab/israeli mutual respect

Ways to make it better...

it couldn't have been better

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

ongoing arab/israeliu conflict

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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The Arava Institute is an organization that really makes a difference for the environment and for peace and coexistence efforts in the Middle East. An inspiring and well-run organization!

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

organizing and working for the environment in Israel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-8-01

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