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  • L’hitraot: An intern’s end-of-semester reflections

    As the first semester of my program comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on this other-worldly experience here. Over the past four months, I have seen desert rain, smelled the sweet scent of fresh earth in the desert, and watched the dusty plants turn green in anticipation ...

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  • End of Fall 2017 semester

    Last week we welcomed 46 new graduates to the Arava Institute alumni network, as the Fall 2017 semester came to and end. The last few days after the students’ final exams were spent in summary activities and saying goodbye after a semester filled with learning and adventure. As always, one ...

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  • Arava Institute-Aston University project wins SWIG award

    The Arava Institute and Aston University recently received the 2017 Sustainable Water Industry Group (SWIG) Award for their joint project on “Off-grid desalination for irrigation in the Jordan Valley”. The SWIG award celebrates achievements in the sustainable water industry, in order to increase awareness of what can be achieved, and ...

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  • Director’s Blog: Oh Jerusalem

    Since President Donald Trump’s declaration in November, the world has focused its Middle East attention on Jerusalem. Though President Trump’s speech was for once carefully crafted and focused, it could not begin to encompass the myriad of emotions, beliefs, narratives and relationships which connect people globally to the center of ...

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  • Acacia research in the Arava Valley

      The research during my internship with Dr. Elli Groner at the Center for Hyper-Arid Socio-Ecology thus far has been focused on the majestic Acacia trees, a keystone species in the Arava, and their response to climate change. There are three species of acacia in the Arava Valley: tortilis, radianna, ...

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  • Alternative Energy Science Field Trip

    At 3 pm on Monday, our Alternative Energy class set out to explore the sustainable energy practices in some of the nearby Kibbutzim, led by our professor, Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed. After learning about the different alternative energy technologies in the classroom, the group was eager to get out in ...

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  • Fall 2017 Alumni Tour

    Arava Institute alumni Eve Tendler and Shadi Shiha spent the past month visiting universities and communities throughout the United States promoting peace-building and environmental cooperation, as part of the Friends of the Arava Institute’s Dialogue Project. The alumni shared personal stories from their time spent at the Arava Institute as ...

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  • An intern’s view on: Fall ’17 Negev Trip

    1. On many moments of the Negev trip, we found ourselves in the same set-up. The nearly fifty of us would sit on floor pillows, elbow-to-elbow, knee-to-knee and accept extra sugary black tea and bitter Bedouin coffee. We made the shape of a long rectangle with the points of our ...

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  • Director’s Blog: Thanksgiving 2017

    To our American friends, supporters and alumni, I would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. I am currently travelling around the US on an end of the year fundraising trip and will spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her family for the first time in 19 years. While ...

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  • Director’s Blog November 2017: Israel Ride 2017

    I was appointed Executive Director of the Arava Institute in September 2001. At the time, the Institute was mainly an academic study program with a nascent research department. Alumni programs had not yet been conceived. As Executive Director, I was involved in many aspects of the Institute but it soon ...

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