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November 9, 2009

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November 9, 2009

I first learned about the Arava Institute when I attended a talk by Rabbi Michael Cohen. I was immediately drawn to the Institute's vision and impressed with the work that that its students and members are doing to address environmental concerns in the region. But what is even more inspiring is Arava's commitment to bringing Palestinian, Jordanian, and Jewish students together to work on common problems. Here's to clean water for all!

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

the model it provides of inspirational energy to repair the world and not despair.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

I can not recall how I learned about the Arava Institute, but since the moment I heard about it, I knew I wanted to be part of it in one way or another. The idea of such an institution, devoted to environmental studies, existing in Israel is an achievement in itself. However, above all, I applaud the institution for the way in which they carry out their mission that "nature knows no boarders". Having the heads of the institution, the staff and the students be Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians warms my heart. Coming together to work for a common goal is the way to go to bring the two nations closer to each other. This is holly work in so many levels.

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

Allow more students to come and take part in this amazing process that the institute creates for all its participants.

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Next time I am in Israel, I would like to visit the institution and if possible also volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

When peace finally comes to the Israelis and Palestinians, it will be because of the unrelenting efforts of institutions like the Arava Institute. And the people responsible for fueling the energy and passion of the folks who run the institution are the dedicated members of the Friends Of The Arava Institute. They quietly and tirelessly work to make sure the visions of the leaders and students at the Institute have what they need to realize the dreams and goals so needed by the region and the world. The Institute not only works for and teaches peace, but also is dedicated to sustaining our environment locally, regionally, and globally. The Friends of The Arava institute rate a triple “A” PLUS in my book.

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

watching the betterment of our world, bit by bit. They're wonderful stewards of the seeds planted by 30 idealistic kids 36 years ago. I'm proud to have been one of them & equally proud of the Friends of the A. I. for taking our work many steps farther.

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

This is a non-ivasive bunch. There are no pushy, glossy, high-tech, annoying foeple or techniques employed by the Friends of the Arava Institute.

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

Humble, dedicated and tireless

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

bring more students from inentitled areas to the Institute and fund the graduates' projects to interface with each other after graduation through their various NGOs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I have followed Arava through our connection with Rabbi Michael Cohen. It is one of the most impressive ventures in Israel, combining a love of the land and a love of peace, with the prayer that Arabs and Jews can live together in the land in harmony.

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

move us so much closer to peace.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

I've known of the Arava Institute's work for several years and it is the only organization that truly understands that environmental issues are not defined by maps or borders. Only by working together on a practical level, through EDUCATION, can Israelis and Palestinians work towards resolving environmental issues AND political issues. The many students I've met have been stellar and I applaud and support the work of the Arava Institute.

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

meeting faculty, board members and students.

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

They truly discuss and work through the issues and provide solutions.

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

incredible human beings!!!

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

CHANGE THE WORLD (even more than it does presently).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

The efforts of the Arava Institute are inspiring! Methuselah is one of the most interesting projects in which they are involved (although likely not the most important). Nevertheless, the idea of restoring an ancient fruit is amazing.

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When I first made a donation because of the Methusaleh project, I actually heard personally from the person in charge of the project. By that action, this organization took itself from a bottomless pit for money to making a real connection with a donor.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

Friends of the Arava Institute supports an incredibly visionary endeavor. Environmental research and education is needed everywhere, but perhaps noplace more than in the Middle East, where contention over scarce resources exacerbates all other regional tensions. On my visit to Israel several years ago, I participated in a hike/study session led by an Arava Institute educator, who integrated scientific insight, spiritual inspiration, and experiential education in a moving and effective way. I have followed their work, and support it, since that time, and have only grown more impressed with their international focus and their desire and ability to create dialogue and cooperation on important issues across national and ethnic borders. Highly recommended!

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

the continual innovation and ongoing evaluation of their programs — no "coasting".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

The strongest learning for me was the to understand the extraordinary hurdles that the participants had to clear to pusue their ideals. With the threat of isolation from their own families and friends they pursued the participation in the programme. This gives me hope in the uture for the region. this programme is fostering the foundations of the stability in the region. The fabric of the leaders of the future is being interwoven. There is clarity that more will be achieved through cooperation and mutual respect in this complex political and enirnmental regional crossroads.

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

Though participating in 2007 Jerusalem - Eilat bike ride

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

Seeing the capacity of people t oharminise.

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

enthusaitic,great examples of mutual respect

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

There is a huge global media industry looking for stories. Strategic coverage of the stories from the institute like that the appeared on CNN and for example I attended a function with the 2 of the alumni in Australia. Jewish schools should be visited.

Ways to make it better...

Emphasise the importance of preparitory training and fitness.

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

the difficulty in getting the message out to the broader communities throughout the region and globally. reinforce the interdependence all the countries have in their environmentall activities.

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

The strap line is pivotal. "Environment knows no boundaries" Its a unifying cause regardless of politics.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

I was a student at the Arava Institute in the Spring of 2003 and Fall of 2004. It was a life changining experience that truely affected my life, and still does, on so many different levels. I have many friends from various backgrounds that I will have never considered possible before. The Arava Institute did not only help on a personal level, they also provided me with all the help possible to continue my graduate studies, and used all their resouces to help provide me with the best experience, and a well-rounded interaciton. It is a great place to grow to be a human and to get in touch with life.

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

the multi cultural experience that is connected with the study-program

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

very helpful and supportive. They try their best to help in any possible way.

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

Offer this opportunity to many more students in the Middle East enable them to interact with each other and learn about a great cause at the same time.

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

What a great way to break down cultural and religious barriers in the Middle East and benefit the environment at the same time. The Arava is unique in its mission and methods.

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

The ability to make a difference in a very troubled part of the world.

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

Do some pretty incredible things.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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