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  • End of Fall 2016 Semester

    Yesterday we welcomed 43 new Arava Institute graduates to our alumni network as the Fall 2016 semester came to an end. A highlight of the final week was the festive graduation ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. It was especially moving to hear guest speaker Sarah Perle Benazera, a 2005 alumna, describe ...

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  • Director’s Blog:  Alumni in Action: Working to help Syrian Refugees

    While much of the discourse in conventional and social media on the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 has been about whether it was an unwarranted attack on Israel’s right to exist or a much needed rebuff of Israel’s settlement policy, Ambassador Samantha Power’s moving words on the lack of Security ...

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  • Visit from Israeli Ambassador to Jordan

    On Thursday, December 22nd, the Arava Institute had the honor to host Einat Schlein, current Israeli Ambassador to Jordan for a visit. Ambassador Schlein met with Institute staff and students to receive updates on developments since her last visit in May 2015. Executive Director David Lehrer presented the recently established ...

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  • New MASHAV Environmental Management Course

    From Nov 27th – Dec 13th 2016, the Arava Institute held a new MASHAV* training program titled "Environmental Management of Nature Parks and Reserves", as part of the ongoing work of the Arava Center for Sustainable Development (ACSD). The 25 professionals working for governments, NGOs, decision-making bodies, academia and the ...

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  • Director’s Blog: Tragedy and Heroism

    Temperatures were higher than usual. No rain had fallen and the forests and brush were dry. Then came the extreme and unusually strong winds from the East. All unordinary weather for fall in Israel. The burning sun's rays, a cigarette butt here, a forgotten camp fire there, intentional arson, and ...

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  • A Rabbi in the Desert: Repairing the text, repairing our lives

    Last week I travelled to Jerusalem for two days as part of the Arava Institute’s Peace-Bulding Leadership Seminar (PLS) which is mandatory for all our students and interns. While the focus of the Arava Institute is environmental studies with the goal of training future environmental leaders for the Middle East ...

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  • Israel Rider Guest Blog: Living The Dream

    The first sight one sees from the airplane window upon touchdown in Israel is the very large lettering on the contemporary airport terminal proclaiming, Ben Gurion Airport, which is also the last sight one sees upon departing Israel. It’s a fitting welcome to Israel’s ultra-modern airport invoking the person most ...

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  • Israel Ride 2016

    From November 8th to 15th, the 2016 Israel Ride participants went on a unique journey to discover Israel on two wheels. This Israel Ride was the largest one so far, counting 177 riders, 12 non-rider participants, and over 60 crew members. The Israel Ride is held yearly by the Arava ...

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  • Director’s Blog: Setting Out on the Israel Ride

    This week Israel remembers the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin 21 years ago. Though the Arava Institute was founded a year after his assassination, the Institute was born in the spirit of optimism about the opportunity for peace which the Oslo Accords afforded. The paradigm of an irresolvable conflict between irreconcilable ...

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  • A rabbi in the desert: Ancient wisdom in modern environment

    Last week, I took my “The Bible as a Key to Environmental Thought” class to the Uvda Valley, behind Kibbutz Ketura. The Uvda Valley is home to over 150 archaeological sites, ranging from 10,000 to 6,000 years ago. We were met by Dr. Uzi Avner,  an extraordinary archaeologist with a ...

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