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Nonprofit Overview

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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been blown away by the amazing work the institute is doing. The students graduating from the institute speak with such passion about how they were transformed by their experience at the Arava Institute. This organization is addressing at least two of the most important issues of our time...the environment and peace in the middle east.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated in the Arava Institute Israel ride several years ago and my experience when from participating in a bike ride to raise money for what I understood to be a good cause to something far more profound. Once I met the students and faculty of the Arava Institute I discovered what I believe to be one of the greatest examples of coexistance between Israelis and Palestinians. The existance of this organization is one of the greatest beacons of peace that exists today in the middle east.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arava Institute brings together all kinds of Middle Eastern people for one cause. Environmental concerns in the Middle East. Christians, Jews and Muslims working together to COEXIST :)for the good of all.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Arava funds excellent research; has an excellent leadership academy for both Arab and Jewish leaders; promotes ecology and a green economy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met some of these wonderful people who are doing more to aid the peace process than elected leaders. I hope my daughters will consider going to visit one day.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

i was a student at the arava institute in kibbutz ketura for the fall semester in 2008, studied and experienced.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is so beautiful to see the Palestianian students and Israeli students working together to solving the problems of living in the desert! Your work is remarkable!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FRIENDS OF THE ARAVA INSTITUTE IS DOING A JOB THAT SO MANY OTHERS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ACCOMPLISH. THE WORLD NEEDS MORE SELFLESS ORGANIZATIONS LIKE FRIENDS OF THE ARAVA INSTITUTE WHERE THEIR PURPOSE AND GOALS TRULY TAKE PRIORITY OVER ANY INDIVIDUAL OR POLITICAL AGENDAS.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a student for one semester in the Arava Institue. It was a life changing experience that taught me a lot about myself and my environment, about my zionism and my world view. The place and the time in which the institue is placed is ideal. I think the desert make you think.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I studied for a full year at AIES and the experinces i had in that year will stay with me always. My fellow students are some of the most brave and intelligent people i've ever met, who inspired and challenged me almost daily. I've made friends who will be with me for a lifetime and i've learnt lessons that taught me patience and courage in the face of adversery. Most of the faculty there are encourging and incredibly knowledgeable in their field and i've always felt able to turn to them for support and advice even now as an Alumni. The PELS sessions were the most challenging aspect of the program but the one that has embedded itself deeply in my understanding of conflict and conflict resolution. My time at AIES inspired me to carry on with my environmental education and as well as completing my Permaculture design course i am now studying for a MSc in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry in the UK.