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Friends of the Arava Institute
October 31, 2009

In 2008 I participated in the Israel Ride, and visited the Arava Institute, a unique educational and research institution. I remember wanting to go as a student, stay and learn there. Through the Friends of the Arava Institute, I can keep that enthusiasm alive. Besides being people with a passion for the work of the Institute, they are committed to spreading the word, providing a forum the people and ideas of the Institute outside of Israel. Friends of the Arava Institute functions as a bridge between my life here in US and the work of the Institute halfway around the world.

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

group meetings with people in Southern California who are familiar with Arava Institute and commited to fulfilling its goals.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm not sure what I would do. I am not that close to the actual workings of the organization.

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

New information that the speakers have presented.

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

friendly and interested in a personal connection with myself and the other people there. They were not just interested in trying to raise money.

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

Establish a companion school to the Arava Institute itself so that students could stay in the US and continue their work.

Ways to make it better...

There were more frequent meetings. At the moment the presence of this organization on the West Coast is still small.

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

a reluctance on the part of the wider community to embrace the Insitute. I think that it is looked at as a small, eccentric group of people trying to do something impossible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Attending presentations by students or faculty of the Arava Institute.