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October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

The institute has been working, for over ten years, to do what is common sense - to recognize that environmental stress in the Eastern Mediterranean is a shared, and very serious issue. As a social scientist, I am interested in it as an organization that works hard to turn idealism into practice. When I was invited to do research on the institute and then to participate in some of the institute's regional research, I accepted. Often we study problems; this was a chance to study an ambitious project to make solutions. I later joined the advisory board because I was impressed by what I had learned. Both the environmental and the peacebuilding challenges in the region are immense. The institute is building relationships - between those who come as students and between regional experts and policy makers - to help those in the region work together on them.

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

the alumni and regional experts I have met

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

being in touch with hopeful, constructive, and practical idealists

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

hopeful, constructive, and practical

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

support its alumni and others who share the agenda of developing research projects and policy initiatives that bring together the peoples of the Eastern Mediterranean and the wider Middle East.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

My experience with the Arava Institute has been extremely positive for the past two years that I have been involved--very professional and dedicated to the cause of peace, open-minded and evenhanded, in my long experience with non-profits, an extraordinary organization. I am proud to be associated with it. When I have spoken about the Institute in public meetings such as for Hadassah, people are always very impressed with its mission and its materials. When I hosted speakers from the organization at a colleague's home, all guests were impressed by the intelligence, sincerity and articulateness of the Institute's leaders.

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

make a significant difference in the facts on the ground in the Middle East, the amount of collaboration among Palestinians, Jordanians and Israelis and hence the understanding among these groups. And the environment would be positively impacted!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

Our son studied at the Arava Institute in 2001. When we visited we were amazed by an atmosphere where Jews, Muslims and Christians lived and studied together in an environment where everyone was entitled to their own opinion.What a wonderful model for co-existence. The motto says it all " Nature Knows NO Borders"

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their ability to expertly provide support for a wonderful institution

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

As a Muslim woman I have been working with the FAI for over 2 years and i am astounded that the reality of peace and co-existence between Jews and Muslims is being made in history through the Arava Institute. I commmend my colleagues and institute for such an extraordinary vision of peace.

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

motivation of it's members and alumni to raise awareness. The sincerity and honesty.

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

listening to the students from the Arava Institute.

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

incredible!

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

show history that peace is possible and that our environment is essential in this process.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

For the past 6 years, I have been a member of Friends of the Arava's Board and it has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling experiences of my life. When my wife and I lived in Israel in 2002-2003, I taught a couple of environmental law classes at the Institute, met its diverse Jewish, Muslim, Christian and non-denominational students. I discovered an institutional model for the development of peace-building and reconciliation among Jews and Arabs in Israel and the Middle East, I found an antidote to cynicism and despair, and I met some of the most exciting and courageous young environmental science and policy students on the globe. In the face of governmental posturing and intransigence, the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian researchers and academics who work at and with the Institute (which is supported by Friends of the Arava Institute) are working cooperatively and productively on transboundary water resource and air quality projects to make the possibility of international and regional environmental protection a reality. After 6 years, my excitement not only hasn't diminished; it's increased.

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The expressions of amazement and new-found hope for the possibility of peace and understanding in the faces of Americans and Europeans whom I've told about the Institute and Friends of the Arava. I have truly seen the light of hope turned on inside people

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

intelligent, curious, warm-hearted, professionally ambitious and increasingly devoted to the goal of building ethnic, cultural and political understanding in the Middle East through the study and practice of transboundary environmental protection.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

The Arava Institute consistently creates positive outcomes (environmental professionals, positive programs and interactions, successful trans-boundary research) regardless of the political climate. When peace seems close, and when peace seems impossibly distant, the Insitute and its graduates continue to work together to solve common problems. Meeting the students, graduates, staff and faculty has been an inspiration to me, and supporting the institute through contributions allows me to feel that I am doing what I can to promote understanding and constructive enviromental solutions in the Middle East.

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

Meeting and developing relations with Jordanians, Palestinians and Israelis who are actively working together on environmental projects, and working together to develop the Arava Institute.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

It is a great organization doing important work in the Middle East in both the environment and in peace building. The regions environmental issues can only be solved cooperatively by the countries and the peoples of the region. The Arava Institute is the only organization that is doing this. At the same time, the personal bonds being created between the Arab & Israeli, Christian, Jewish & Muslim students, are furthering the interests of peace.

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

By hearing the students, Israeli & Arab, Chritian, Jewish & Muslim, speak of their work and the personal bonds they have established with the others.

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

Meeting the students and hearing about their work.

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

Hardworking, informed, passionate.

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

Substantially impact awareness about the environmental issues in the region.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

I am honored to be a member of the Board of Trustees. The Arava Institute is truly unique in both environmental work and in bring young Palestinians, Jordanians, Israelis and North Americans together to address the Middle East's environmental and co-existance issues. As someone involved in fundraising and marketing on the volunteer level I have had the privilage of meeting many of the students, faculty and alumni and they are all driven by an unshaking commitment to a brighter, sustainable future for the Middle East.

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

my many interactions with students and alumni and in tracking the careers and accomplishments of our alumni

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

Feeling that in a small way I have contributed to the success of these amazing people

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

Deeply committed. We are blessed with a very diverse team of volunteers and faculty who are learning how to work together following the example set by our students and alumni through the Peace through Environmental Leadership program at the Institute

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

Build a larger campus to educate more commited young people and establish an endowment so that we are not constantly hand to mouth for funds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

We have been supporting the Arava Institute since shortly after it's creation in 1996. We have housed many students as they pass through Washignton, DC - Jordanians, Israelis, Palestinians, Canadians and Americans; Muslims, Christians and Jews. Our son studied at the Institute for a year. I sincerely believe that working with the younger generation is the best way to attain peace in the Middle East. Using the shared concern of the local environment as the anchor and starting point to develop relationships was a stroke of genius. Involvement in the Friends of the Arava Institute is an incredibly rewarding experience. I can actually see the benefit of our financial contributions as I meet students and alumni.

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

Amazing. The organization staff is supurb. We are truly blessed. The volunteers are committed to both the environment and peace. It is rewarding to work with people of this caliber.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

I have known of the Arava Institute and the Friends of the Arava Institute since the inception of both entities. The dual roles of the Arava Intitute (research environmental issues and promoting co-existence) address the vital concerns facing our world. The fundraising by the Friends of the Arava Institute is volunteer driven with low overhead, enabling the most results for every dollar donation.

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

bring the middle east (particularly Israel, Palestine, and Jordan) closer to better environmental cooperation and . . . closer to peace.

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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