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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

Programs: Supported domestic and international programs that foster environmental cooperation between israel and neighboring countries

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.