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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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  • Arava Institute Water Expert Visits Central Pennsylvania

    From Israel to Pennsylvania, water resources are precious and must be protected.  During a recent trip to the US, Dr. Clive Lipchin, Director of the Arava Institute’s Center of Transboundary Water Management, connected with students and faculty at Pennsylvania State University and shared insights that can help their communities work ...

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  • A rabbi in the desert: A reminder of what can be

    When I was five I attended my first political rally. It was the March on Trenton which paralleled the famous March on Washington and Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream Speech." The event in Trenton, New Jersey, as well as others around the country, were held for people who ...

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  • Women Wage Peace March of Hope

    For the past two weeks women and men throughout Israel have been demonstrating peacefully for hope and peace in various locations as part of the Women Wage Peace March of Hope. The Eilat and Arava Region march in Eilat, as well as the final national march and rally in Jerusalem, ...

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  • Director’s Blog: Memories of the Late Shimon Peres

    It was my great privilege and honor to have met Shimon Peres, blessed be his memory, on a number of occasions during my life. The first time I met the future Prime Minister and President of the State of Israel was in his office in the famous Labor Party Headquarters ...

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