Blog

  • End of Spring 2018 Semester

    Last week we said goodbye to the 53 participants of the spring 2018 semester. After the last final exam on Sunday, the next few days were spent in closing activities and saying farewell after a semester full of learning and making new connections. The highlights of the final week were ...

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  • Interfaith Climate and Energy Conference

    Faith and science can work together to motivate people to make environmentally-minded decisions and to give meaning to those choices. That was the overriding message of the Interfaith Climate Change Conference in Jerusalem last Wednesday, which was co-sponsored by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, the Arava Institute, the Swedish ...

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  • Beyond Borders Tour

    Last week, we completed a successful Beyond Borders Tour during which 18 participants from the United States traveled through Jordan, Israel and Palestine, to experience the culture, politics and environment of the region. The trip began with a festive dinner at the Israeli Ambassador to Jordan’s residence in Amman. Our ...

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  • Biodiversity of Sand Dunes

    During the week before Passover, some of our students participated in a week-long Biodiversity of Sand Dunes workshop with Dr. Uri Shanas in cooperation with Oranim Academic College. Credit goes to Dr. Uri Shanas for the photos & captions below of their research: Stenodactylus dorian or Middle Eastern short fingered ...

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  • Arava Institute Staff Trip to Rawabi

    Last week, the Arava Institute traveled to the Palestinian city of Rawabi. Rawabi, located next to Ramallah, is the first planned city built for and by Palestinians. The staff visited four neighborhoods that are currently built, out of 22 that are being planned, which will hold a population of 25,000. ...

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  • Director’s Blog April 2018: Playing the long game

    It has been a very busy Passover holiday. The plight of the Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers has been one of the centers of attention in Israel, and has caught the world’s attention as well. If there was ever an opportunity for Israel to be a light unto the nations, ...

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  • 2018 Alumni Conference

    The 2018 Arava Alumni Peace and Environmental Network (AAPEN) Conference was held at the Institute in Kibbutz Ketura. It was attended by over 160 graduates, spouses and children, current students and staff from Israel, Palestine, Jordan and other countries. The conference began on Thursday afternoon with an informal gathering and ...

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  • Beginning of Spring 2018 semester

    We’re excited to welcome the 58 students and interns of the Spring 2018 semester. In this largest student body in the history of the Arava Institute, participants come from Israel, Jordan, Palestine, the United States, Turkey, Hungary, and Kenya. Their first week was spent getting acquainted with the academic program ...

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  • Corey Mikami memorial planting

    On the Jewish holiday of Tu BiShvat, the “New Year of the Trees”, we gathered at the Arava Institute’s Experimental Orchards/Shelter Garden to plant plants in memory of Corey Mikami, a 1998-1999  alum of the Institute who sadly passed away in November 2017. The modest and meaningful ceremony in the ...

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  • Panel on humanitarian crisis in Gaza

    The Public Council of the Arava Institute hosted a salon meeting last week entitled The Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza – Risks And Opportunities. Speakers included Senior Hydrogeologist Ahmed Yaqubi, of the Palestinian Water Authority in Gaza, Tahani Abu Daqqa of the Palestinian Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Public, Knesset ...

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