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October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

Having heard testimonials from various students who had the opportunity to study at the Arava Institute I am pleased to write a positve review in favor of this Institution. From American Jewish students who had never interacted with Muslims before to a Palestinian from Gaza who told me recently that attending the Arava Institute changed his life completely - it is a "Great Non Profit". The staff and students are to be commended in their quest for peace in the Middle East.

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

meeting students and professionals involved with the institute.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

An extremely well run ideological institute that has succeeded in bringing together hands on action along with ideological fervor making a true mark on Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian society

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

Encountering the graduates all over the country along with seeing the actual results of the activities through initiatives of the graduates, along with the impact of the students on people the world over

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

Expand the activity and open the center up to additional students

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

The outstanding graduates are one of the most powerful and empowering experience one can have as far as the Israeli Arab conflict is concerned

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

True idealists deeply committed to the center and to the goals

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

Truly change the Middle East!!

Ways to make it better...

If more people would know and be exposed to activity I would empower eachpersons experiance

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

Financial and political

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

People need to get on board and give the Aravah institute the support it needs to bring their positive environmental and conflict resolving message to the Middle East

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

The Arava Institute is involved in cutting edge research as well as in training a cadre of people who will be leading change in Israel and nearby countries. I learn something every time I read an Institute newsletter. It is inspiring to learn how the Institute is building bridges in the region.

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

very competent and dedicated.

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

further the cause of peace between Israel and its neighbors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

The Institute represents a unique model in using the environment as a tool in enhancing peace and building trust between people in the Middle East. The Institute has opened the scientific door for students from Jordan, Israel, and West Bank and Gaza to learn more about the common environmental problems facing the region and more importantly how to approach them in an integrated way. Additionally, the Institute has been providing excellent lessons that can be transferred to the other regions around that peace needs actions and practical measures to sustain. I highly appreciate the role of the Institute in protecting the environment and promoting peace between people and believe that a place like Arava Institute deserves all support to continue spreading the message of hope for the whole region.

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

Establishing connections with people working in the field of protection the environment and sustainable development.

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

Update you with the information about alumni of the Arava Institute

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

very active in providing help and assitance to the alumni of the Arava Institute.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

I have been a colleague of AIES since it began and currently am a student working on researching energy efficient buildings for extreme climates. Participating in the AIES program has given me opportunities to work together with world-citizens in our quest to address the critical environmental issues of today and tomorrow while acting as bridges of peace and cooperation between Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Thanks to all of the staff and all of the students who have made the AIES a foothold in a new and healthy path. B'Shalom, Salaam and Peace - Alex Cicelsky Center for Creative Ecology Kibbutz Lotan, Israel www.kibbutzlotan.com

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

the opportunity to meet directly with Palestinians and Jordanians as equals.

Ways to make it better...

violence in this region would end and more people could participate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

Friends, whose opinions I highly respect, introduced me to Arava by inviting me to participate in the 2007 Israel Bike Ride. I then participated in the Bike Ride and through that experience met the faculty, alumni, and students of the Arava Institute as well as visited their campus in Israel.These series of interactions were one of the most inspiring experiences I have ever had.They have a sincere commitment to protect the environment and to inspire understanding among people. And they are SUCCESSFUL in achieving these goals

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

I have found the life experiences of its students to be inspiring; they encounter difficulties from family and neighbors because of their motivation to learn about the environment with contemporaries who come from different backgrounds

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

In my capacity as Director of Marketing for the Overseas Student program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, I have had extensive contact and cooperation with many Jewish Non-Profit organizations and I must say that the goals, message and methods of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is truly an inspirational leader in the areas most important too facing the challenges of the future of not only the Land itself, but if all the peoples who must learn to cooperate to insure a healthy future for generations to come. The integration of conflict resolution through solving environmental challenges is a brilliant and most relevant concept and should and must be supported in every way possible. AIES is an inspiration to those of us who see a larger picture for the future of the cooperation of diverse peoples respecting each other and the world they all occupy together.

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

Meeting and speaking with students who have studied there and have seen how it has changed their lives forever and made them dedicated to the cause of cooperation, conflict resolution and the preservation of our natural world for the greater good of all p

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

The people who work in this organization are dedicated and visionary.

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

Dedicated, serious and forward thinking

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

Truly impact dire envirnomental issues facing the Middle East presently and also impact the image of Israel as a positive force in the area of Global concern and a leader in conflict resolution rather than a major cause of it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

The Arava Institute makes a great contribution in each of its many realms: environment, higher education, international relations, multi-ethnic coexistence, and so on. Yet these contributions are greater than the sum of their parts because they all conjoin, and they model and demonstrate the interconnections among these areas: ecology and human rights, education and inter-ethnic understanding, people and planet. And all this incredible work is being done with fabulous people, each of whom goes on to be an educator and spokesperson and change agent in turn. Finally, all this incredible work of the Arava Institute is done in collaboration with and with the support of the Friends of the Arava Institute.

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

the sophistication of its graduates around the subtleties of and interconnections between) ecological and human concerns.

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

stellar! I've learned from all, and befriended many, of those whom I've been privileged to meet.

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

change the face of the Middle East, and the biosphere, for the better! (Actually it's already doing that, but with $10m could do even more of it, even sooner ;-)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

Last year we hosted two graduates from the Arava Institute - Ilana Meallem and Mutassim Abu El Hawa. They were amazing. You can see them interviewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqExPvgI9HA We heard about their tremendous journey - and learned how these Arab and Jewish leaders are cooperating to solve the region’s environmental challenges. At the Arava Institute, 'nature knows no borders' is not just a slogan, it's a way of life. We encourage everyone who visits Israel from our community to visit the Arava Institute.

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

the impressive presentation by Arava Institue graduates who demonstrated its contribution to creating environmental sustainability in our region, and by doing it together!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

Working with the Arava Institute has allowed me to participate in some ground breaking research in transboundary environmental management in close cooperation with Palestinian, Israeli and Jordanian colleagues. There is no other Institute in Israel that allows for this kind of close cooperation among colleagues in the environment field.

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

ground breaking transboundary environmental research with exceptionaly hijgh scientific standards

Ways to make it better...

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

work harder on increasing the profile of the Institute internationally

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

its committment and dedication to cooperation

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

committed and dedicated to the vision and mission of the Institute

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

be a world leader in transboundary environmental research and teaching

Ways to make it better...

more people in the Middle East were as open to the colleagues I work with in transboundary environmental research.

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

the political vagaries of the Middle East

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

the Institute has never cowed to overt or covert political pressure and has remained steadfast in its mission to foster scientific and academic excellence for everyone from the Middle East

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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