Blog

  • Alumna guest blog: The North American Arava Alumni Network

    Since leaving the Arava Institute last summer (has it been so long?) and coming back to the states, I have tried my best to stay in touch with my fellow alumni in and out of the Middle East. Thankfully, the nearly 1,000 alumni of the Institute make it pretty easy ...

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  • Alumni project meets Israel Ride: the Cycling Forward Club

    Arava alumnus, Ghaleb Mashni, has created the Cycling Forward Club, a youth bicycle program in his community in Shu'afat in east Jerusalem that has made bicycles accessible to Palestinian youth who would otherwise not be riding bikes. Arava Institute Executive Director David Lehrer introduced me to Ghaleb on the night ...

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  • Director’s Blog: This land is your land, this land is my land

    Over the past two months, the issue of land ownership and settlement has, at times, dominated headlines in Israel, whether it is the destruction of an illegal Bedouin village in the south of Israel, the destruction of an illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank, or the violence and the ...

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  • Biogas Conference in Jordan

    Last week, the final conference of the Middle East Regional Cooperation (MERC) Biogas Research Project was held at the Dead Sea Crowne Plaza in Jordan. The project entitled “Developing Integrated Waste Recycling Systems for Agricultural and Environmental Safety Purposes in Rural Communities in Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories” was ...

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  • Alumnus guest blog: The Arava Institute – A view from beyond?

    Sometimes it feels hard to believe that I finished my year at the Institute over six months ago and there is many a day when the vibes of that small oasis in the middle of the desert wash over me in a sense of nostalgia and happiness – an oasis ...

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  • Spring 2017 Alumni Tour

    Two Arava Institute alumni recently completed a nationwide U.S. university tour to highlight the work being done at the Arava Institute. Zohar Weiss and Muhanad Alkharaz, alumni from 2016 and 2012 respectively, shared their personal stories and the journey that took them from childhoods in Israel and Palestine to studying ...

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  • Beginning of Spring 2017 Semester

    Last week we welcomed the students and interns of the new Spring Semester! The 48 participants come from the Israel, Jordan, Palestine, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Kenya and Rwanda. They spent their first few days in introductory activities, getting to know their new environment and learning how to ...

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  • New Peace-Building Leadership Seminar Coordinator

    We are excited to welcome Dr. Michael Alexander as the new Peace-Building Leadership Seminar Coordinator! Dr. Alexander was born in Tel Aviv, spent his adolescence in the USA, and has also lived in Europe. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.A. in ...

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  • Director’s Blog: Crossing Borders

    On February 14th, the Arava Institute will open its doors to the students of the 2017 Spring Semester. We are expecting a large contingent of over 50 students and interns from Israel, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Jordan, Egypt, the U.S., Europe, and Africa! This will be one of the ...

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  • Photo Essay: Butterfly research in the Arava desert

    Fall 2016 intern Nora Haack spent the semester researching butterflies with the Center for Hyper-Arid Socio-Ecology. She captured some of her explorations in this unique photo essay.                   ...

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