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S. Schoenfeld

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Review for Friends of the Arava Institute, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Role:  Board Member & research, participate on the advisory board.