Blog

  • 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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  • 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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