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
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

In November of 2008 I participated on the Jerusalem to Eilat bike trip. An inspirational and spiritual event. This program is essential for not only environmental reasons but for the incredible work it does to spread understanding of cultural, religious and social differences in the Middle East and the world at large. If you know what this program is all about there is no question the vital work it does should be not only maintained but expanded. If you do not know what it does then I suggest, no I implore you to find out first hand by speaking with the students themselves. They hold the key to the future of us all. SSS

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

my experience on site with the Institute and with the students.

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

I believe it is well conceived and those in charge have a vision for its future. I have not enough personal knowledge to answer this questions

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

The feelings the students share for each other and their hope for the future.

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

wonderful and supportive of each other and all they came in contact with.

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

expand its educational program and the research it does for the environment. Welcome more students to the program.

Ways to make it better...

Like all great experiences... I would have liked to stay longer and be able to work first hand at the Institute.

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

funding!

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

There is nothing more important than giving children of all ages the opportunity to live and work together for a common cause that will benefit themselves and the world at large. This is an opportunity for communication.

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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9 people found this review helpful

I began to learn about the Arava Institute when I signed up for the Spring 2008 Israel Bike Ride. By the end of the ride, I was sold. The ride was beautifully organized, with care and consideration for the riders' physical, psychological and spiritual health. And the opportunity to learn more about the work of the Arava Institute and meet their current and former students was awe-inspiring. This small organization is making an impact on the environment of many countries in the middle east, and is a model of cross-cultural collaboration. Their influence exceeds their size, and they use their limited resources wisely. Amy Goldman

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

seeing its impact on Kibbutz Keturah, its sponsoring kibbbutz

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

the ability to meet the individuals involved in cross-country environmental projects

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

extraordinary--dedicated, clear vision, concrete direction, personable

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I was fortunate enough to be present for Kibbutz Ketura's one year birthday celebration in 1974 when I was a volunteer there. I am so impressed and proud of "my chevre" for what they have accomplished and for their vision for the future of the region. I plan to introduce the Arava Institute to my local Jewish community.

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

that it promotes a vision that transcends borders and cultures. These kinds of organizations lay the foundation for peace in the region.

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One time

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2009-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I went to a house party in support of the Arava Institute a few weeks back, and I was inspired by the work of this organization. I've since joined a host committee for their next local fundraiser.

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

its clarity about its mission. The Arava Institute truly understands the connections between environment and peace.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

An outstanding organization, where every penny donated does double duty: helping to protect the environment and advance the peace process in the Middle East. Worthy of everyone' support.

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

Seeing how Arabs and Israelis learned to work together.

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

Ways to make it better...

No suggestions.

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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?

2009-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

As alumni of the Arava Institute I can say that the Arava Institute is much more then an academic institute for environmental studies. This body not only give the opportunity to meet and engage in a grass root level with the 'other side' but also help with scholarship for higher studies, help graduates to find a job when possible and serve as an important network for alumni all over.

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

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

that i was able to know Jordanian students of which one became one of my best friends

Ways to make it better...

students from all the countries in the region could attend

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 every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I rode on the Israel Ride twice--in May, 2007 and in November, 2008. Each ride was fantastic--wonderful people leading the ride and riding the ride, the land is gorgeous, I learned a lot about the geographical area-- the desert, I had the opportunity to make friends from all over the world, Jews and Arabs alike, and shabbat in the Negev was a wonderfully spiritual experience.

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

Dedicated, personable, friendly, helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The Arava Institute for Environmental and Peace Studies (AIES) is taking groundbreaking strides in the areas that truly need the most attention and resources: the environment and peace. The two go hand in hand. I was a student at the Arava institute for one year. During this time I learned so much by being immersed in the carefully structured and diverse curriculum, including sitting with a group of internationally diverse students and engaging in discussions that address many difficult issues. For me, the joint projects and collaborations between Arab and Israeli graduates of the Institute is the 'proof in the pudding'.

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

Diverse, dedicated, open, passionate, intelligent, caring...

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I am most impressed with the Arava Insitiute´s program because it helps improve the ecological environment of the middle east with regard to water issues while simultaneously bringing together Israeli´s and Arabs in constructive dialog that is both personal and ecologically oriented. I attended a meeting where I met the director of the program and heard two alumni of the program tell of their personal experiences.

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

outstanding and wholly committed to the mission of this organization. They have created a way to bridge differences between people with seemingly intractable probems. They bring hope to a very difficult problem - how to create peace in the Middle East.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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9 people found this review helpful

What the Arava Institute is doing in Israel is incredible. I was so amazed when I heard several students and professors speak about building peace through focusing on the shared environment in the Middle East, when they spoke at Hazon's New York Jewish Environmental Bike Ride.

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

hearing students share their stories at Hazon's New York Bike Ride.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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