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.
I visited the Arava Institute several times in my capacity as on-site coordinator for American college students in Israel. My first impression was "who would want to spend an extended period of time in such a distant, isolated place". As I learned about the program and met with the administrators and the students, I got the answer to my question. The Institute provides a creative, varied, meaningful setting for dealing with the most important elements of environmental awareness. Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and students from around the world work together to find solutions to shared concerns. As one of my students reported to me, the Arava Institute changed her life in the most meaningful way. It is a cutting edge undertaking that I am proud to support.
Almost not too new to Arava. They are performing in a very positive direction with its candidates. I'll strongly recommend their programs to friends and foes.
I have enjoyed meeting Jews and Muslims who have come to the U.S. and shared experiences that they have had studying at the Arava Institute. Their environmental work - across Middle Eastern borders is amazing and opens lines of communication that are often closed, with little hope for reconciliation. The Arava Institute offers hope and initiative, that positively influences our world - in an area of our world which is very volatile.
My daughter studies in the institute for two terms in 2007-8. I have visited there few times. Its a wonderful and illuminating place. it has transformed her life as far as the environment is concern. The institute does a phenomenal work in developing relationship between Palestinians Jordanians and Israelis, a very valuable contribution to the area. In my opinion this place deserves a world recognition for its work in all its aspects.
I visited the Institute on Kibbutz Ketura and participated in several programs. Their approach strikes me as one of the most organic, educational and experiential ways for the mix of students to deal with their political and life experience differences. The environmental issues they work on are critical to the future of the region.
in my town the alumni of the Arava Institute came to teach our community all about environmental issues. They were exciting and got us all excited about the issues. While they were teaching us we also got to hear what it was like for North American, Israeli Jewish and Arab, and Palestinian students to study and live together in a tiny community. How they learned so much about each other. Without exception they talked about how the program transformed them. Now there are three students in our community who are applying to go study there. Great work. G-d's work. Meaningful for the earth and us people who live on it.
Friends of Arava Institute have travelled all over to tell people of the wonderful work done in the Institute. They bring alumni and researchers to talk about their experiences and make it possible for people in North America to feel it! To meet face to face people who's lives have been touched by studying or working on environmental issues in a peacebuilding and collaborative way for the better of all the people.
This is a wonderful organization that makes dreams possible and empowers young people, environmentalists and activists to change the world in a positive way. By supporting the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Friends of Arava Institute helps to make it possible for people to work together on their shared environmental concerns, learn more about each other and the complexity of the Middle East and ask better questions. Keep up the good work
I am glad to have the oportunity to thank the Arava Institute which gave my and my friends Israeli, Palestinians,Jordenians and Americans an outstanding oportunity to live together, to know each other beyond the existing prejudice, the ideal of the A.I.E.S consists a great vision of peace, I wish there where more places like this for our sake and for the sake of the next generations. this is a great cause
The Friends Of the Arava Institute keeps an idealistic, ambitious organization for young environmental leaders, and for cooperation across cultures and political divides, going. It supports students who don't have the financial means, it recruits new students, and it serves as an invaluable backbone for the Arava Institute.
I visited the Arava Institute on a number of occasions as my daughter was a student there. Everyone who comes into contact woth the people there comes away changed.
I had the opportunity to hear the executive director speak at a conference recently. The Institute is clearly breaking down stereotypes while making great advances within the enrironmental field.
I haven't visited The Arava Institute, but I attended an event this summer and learned about it. I was very favorably impressed when I heard about the fantastic work they're doing. Two former students of the Institute, a Palestinian student and a Jewish student, spoke to us about their experiences. It was moving and wonderful. I hope the Institute's funding will increase so they'll be able to expand their work and bring more students.
I first learned of the Arava Institute when I read about a fundraising bicycle ride in The Jerusalem Post in 2005, I decided then to participate in future rides and have done so each year since 2006. Friends of The Arava Institute provides great backup for the Ride and the monthly newsletter keeps me updated on the happenings of the Arava Institute and its alumni.
What a fantastic organization. Not only does the Institute seek to make the world a better place through teaching and research in environmental issues but at the same time it facilitates intercultural dialogue in a supportive environment that is hard to find anywhere else.
Arava Institute is a leader in building real and genuine connections between people who would otherwise be in conflict, and does this in relation to extremely significant environmental issues.
I was a student at the Arava Institute in 2006. I learned a tremendous amount and met phenomenal people. The Arava Institute provides hope to a region where many are hopeless, and gives people tools to move forward in peacebuilding and environmental conservation.
The Arava Institute is one of the few programs in the world that blends idealism with pragmatism. How our earth allocates environmental resources for the current and future generations is so critical for the sustainability of life on Earth. And how mankind gets along is the genius to Arava. Arava is a microcosm of what our world can and should be. Possible adversaries and now allies in a challenge to sustain the environment for us and future generations. My bike ride through the Arava Valley in 2004 inspired me then and now to write these thoughts. We are indebted to the leaders of The Arava Institute; and so are the generations to come. I just can't say enough.
The Arava Institute is building possibilities for coexistence centered around shared environmental challenges that Arabs and Jews in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories actually share. It is in all of the parties' interests to figure out how to share the same bioregion. The Arava Institute successfully trains environmental activists in the Middle East in an incredibly inhospitable political reality, and the participants get to know each other in the process across barriers of religion and war. It is an absolutely remarkable achievement.