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For the most up-to-date mention of the Arava Institute in the news, check out the articles below. Please note that the opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Arava Institute and it’s affiliates.


Israeli solar tech could make clean water a global reality

Jerusalem Post

September 22nd, 2016
“Remote villages around the world world that lack access to both electricity and potable water may soon be able to quench their thirst, with the development of an Israeli solar powered water distillation system.”

To read the full article in Hebrew, click here.


The Israeli Desert through the Eyes of students from all over the world

Walla.co.il

July 28th, 2016
“As part of the [photo] competition, students were asked to take a picture that to them represents the unique experience of studying in an isolated place like the Arava desert. Among the most remarkable images in the exhibition are photos taken by students from the Arab city Umm al-Fahm (Israel), Mendoza (Argentina), New York and Colorado (US), as well as a photo of an Israeli student from Ashkelon.”

To read the full article in Hebrew, click here.


Arava building network of scientists, policymakers

Jweekly.com

July 21st, 2016

“The institute opened at Ketura in 1996 aiming to facilitate cross-border cooperation in the face of conflict. By focusing on finding real-world solutions to environmental problems affecting the region, the institute has forged ahead through wars, terror scares and regime changes, bringing together a diverse group of students each year: one-third Israeli Jews, one-third Arabs and one-third international.”

To read the full article, click here.


Trees need love too: Single Israeli palm seeks girl seed for hot dates

JNF Impact

July 18th, 2016
“In what was thought to be a botanically impossible feat, Dr. Elaine Solowey of JNF partner the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) managed to sprout a date palm from a 2,000-year-old seed excavated at Masada. Now she’s looking for a female seed to procreate with that miracle male tree, thereby continuing the species. We’re so proud of the AIES’ work, we thought we’d give this tree with ancient roots a little modern help finding its basheret.”

To read the full article, click here.


Naked mob photographer Spencer Tunick returns to the Dead Sea

Green Prophet

July 8th, 2016

“In 2011, artist Spencer Tunick incited hundreds of people to shed their inhibitions (and their clothes) to raise awareness to the environmental threats facing the Dead Sea. This September, five years after that mass naked photo shoot, at the request of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, he will return to check on the worsening sea situation.”

To read the full article, click here.


Know your neighbors

By Danielle Neeman – The Jewish Voice

June 24th, 2016

“For my eco lab, we traveled, with a group of high school students who lived in the surroundingkibbutzim, to a nearby Jordanian village, called Rahme. This village is located directly across from Kibbutz Ketura, home to the Arava Institute; we are only separated by an international border in the short bit of desert between us. This environmental outreach was a way to build a relationship between desert neighbors.”

To read the full article, click here.


YaLa New Media & Citizen Journalism Leaders to receive 2016 IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East

Institute for International Education

June 2nd, 2016
“Sarah Perle Benazera is a peace-believer, peace-activist, storyteller and educator, with years of hands-on experience in international and inter-cultural dialogue working at the people-to-people level for a better Middle East. In addition to working as a project manager at YaLa Young Leaders, she has been involved in various Peace and Cooperation projects, organizing conferences, participating in panels and programs about peace education and cooperation, and working and volunteering with Kid4Peace Jerusalem. She has studied Environmental Studies and cross-border cooperation at Sde Boker and the Arava Institute.

To read the full article, click here.


JOINING HANDS TO BUILD A GREEN FUTURE IN THE MIDEAST

By Abigail Klein Leichman – Israel21c.org

May 19, 2016
“On Kibbutz Ketura in Israel’s Arava desert, more than 800 students from Israel and other countries have torn down barriers over the past two decades to find cooperative solutions for regional environmental challenges.

This year, the non-profit Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is sponsoring concerts, conferences and public forums in celebration of its 20th anniversary of innovative environmental and peace-building work.”

To read the full article, click here.


Solar Project Pairs Muslims and Jews to Aid West Bank Farmers

By James Glanz And Rami Nazzal – New York Times

May 15, 2016

12SOLAR-web3-master675“Solar panels dot some of the poorest Arab villages in the West Bank and Israel, often donated by European governments. But experts in the field say the $100,000 project here in Auja is the first substantial one to be financed by a group involving both Jews and Muslims in the United States, and to have both Israeli Jews and Palestinian Muslims on its technical team. In addition to its environmental benefits, the solar project gives an economic push to farmers who struggle with unreliable and expensive electricity.”

To read the full article, click here or access a pdf version.


CAPA Forges Global Connections

By Malia Guyer-Stevens – The Bennington Free Press

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“Each of the new relationships that Bennington now enjoys with these centers and institutions offer unique opportunities for Bennington students to apply what they learn in the classroom to work on the ground – and this extends beyond subjects taught in CAPA.”

To read the full article, click here or access a pdf version.


2,000 year-old seed brought back to life

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

May 3, 2016

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“Methuselah, the Judean Date Palm – links the past to the present through agriculture and archeology. One of the world’s most ancient species, it is being revived after 2,000 years at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Israel.

To view the full video, click here.


the israeli who is making the wilderness bloom in the most isolated place in the world

walla.co.il

May 2, 2016

“After a six-hour flight to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, a two-hour flight to Nairobi, capital of Kenya, another two-hour flight to the desert town of Lodwar in the Turkana district in Northern Kenya, and finally a seven-hour drive on winding sand roads, I arrived at the most isolated place in the world – Lobur.

 To read more in Hebrew, click here.

ARAVA INSTITUTE tackles cross-border environmental issues

April 25, 2016

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Nature knows no borders. At the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, this is more than just a slogan. It’s the mission that brings Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and international students together to tackle the environmental issues of the Middle East.

The Arava Institute, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, was founded to build bridges between peoples in the Middle East based on their common concerns for the environment. Environmental issues such as water, nature conservation, air pollution and waste water treatment are all cross-border environmental issues that, in the end, can only be addressed through cross-border cooperation.

To read more, click here.


 

The Arava Institute Nominated for a Billion Acts Hero Award

April 14, 2016

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The Arava Institute has been nominated as a Semifinalist in the Best University Act category of the Billions Acts of Peace Awards! 

One Billion Acts of Peace is a United Nations supported initiative lead by 13 Nobel Peace Prize winners, including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Shirin Ebadi, with the goal of creating one billion acts of peace worldwide by 2019. The team at Billion Acts has chosen work from millions of Acts that were logged worldwide.

The Billion Acts Hero Awards recognize exceptional projects and initiatives for peace. Ten semifinalists were chosen by the jury based on the reach and impact of each project, and five winners are then determined through public online voting. These five initiatives will be honored at the Hero Awards ceremony in Monte Carlo in June 2016, receiving a Hero Award from a Nobel Peace Laureate.

To read more, click here.  To give us your vote, click here!

WHERE HAWKS AND DOVES FLY TOGETHER

By Martin J. Raffel and Dan Diker – The Jerusalem Post

April 12, 2016

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The Arava Institute brings together leaders from Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and around the world to address regional and global environmental challenges.

Tens of thousands are currently engaged in people-to-people programs organized by such NGOs, many of which operate on shoestring budgets and have long waiting lists. These programs have a ripple effect, touching not only the direct participants but their families and communities as well. They often have a stabilizing influence, reducing violence and the hatred that gives rise to it. A substantial international fund would enable these NGOs to scale up and extend the impact.”

 To read more, click here.

Peace within them

By Toni Lis – Yedioth Ahronoth Eilat

April 10, 2016

“Meet: The place where Palestinians, Jordanians and Israelis study together in harmony – student from Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and additional countries around the world, are learning together at the Arava Institute in Ketura. Between their research they get to know the Other, acquire tools for environmental leadership, live in enviable coexistence and dream of dialogue and peace in the Middle East.“

 To read more in Hebrew, click here.

ARAVA environmentalist sees hope in water

By Michael Jacobs – Atlanta Jewish Times

April 8, 2016

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“Shmuel Brenner, the director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, knows about Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. He was the lead Israeli professional on an environmental committee created under the Oslo Accords in 1995, and he has maintained contacts for environmental and water discussions through the years, including those developed at the Arava Institute.”

 To read more, click here.

Israel arava institute addresses water shortages with university of maryland students

By Samuel Antezana – University of Maryland’s The Diamondback

March 28, 2016

“The Arava Institute can play an extensive role in creating solutions to water shortages in the Middle East and slowly in other parts of the world,” Brenner said. “It brings together Israelis, Arabs, Americans, Europeans and other people from around the world.”

Israel has the highest rate of water recycling in the world, and the techniques used in water treatment and conservation that are taught at the Arava Institute — an environmental studies and research program — helped this along, he said.”

To read more, click here.


ISRAEL Solar outfit seeks to be ‘superpower of goodness’

By Dan Pine – JWeekly.com

March 17, 2016

BAyossi-solarfield-rwanda_normal_size“This is the home of the Arava Institute,” he [Yosef Abramowitz]  said, referring to the prestigious environmental studies school that draws Jewish and Arab students from across the region. “I said it was crazy that there was no solar power, and I was told, ‘No one is crazy enough to take on the Israeli government.’ 
With his NGO mindset, he first pondered a nonprofit approach to solar power, but the $20 billion price tag to reach 20 percent of the Israeli electrical grid persuaded him he’d have to take the for-profit route. After five years and 100 regulatory battles with the state, Energiya lit up.”

To read more, click here.


Community plays ‘favorites’ at day of study

By Debra Rubin – New Jersey Jewish News

March 7, 2016

StudyDaySaksXO_600_400_90JCC board member Barbara Spack outlined 10 unique places to visit in Israel, including Kibbutz Keturah in the Negev, founded in 1973 by veterans of Young Judaea, the youth movement of Hadassah. It has developed thriving agriculture, a solar venture, and algae farms. It is also home to the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Together in the Arava, a home for adults with special needs.

To read more, click here.


Yosef abramowitz: energized to change the world through solar

By Todd Feinburg – Jewish Journal

March 2, 2016

Bono-Kennedy-Yosef“Abramowitz asked and was shocked by the answer – there wasn’t a solar field on Kibbutz Ketura, nor on other kibbutzim in the area. In fact, while solar hot water heaters have long been common in Israel, the resistance of a society weighted down with bureaucracy and a single, government controlled power company made such innovation difficult. “No one is crazy enough to fight the politics and the bureaucracy in Israel,” to get the permits necessary to construct such infrastructure, Abramowitz was told.”

To read more, click here.


ISRAEL, JORDAN AND PALESTINIANS DISCUSS WATER CO-OPERATION

Jewish News Online UK

February 23, 2016

Jordan_River_-_Dead_Sea-300x169Water specialists from Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories met last week in the gorgeously gilded surroundings of London’s Lancaster House to discuss the possibilities of regional water co-operation. The all-day seminar, held by the Anglo-Israel Association in co-operation with Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, also attracted industrial and academic specialists from Britain, each eager to learn from each other and trade knowledge and information.”

To read more, click here.


bubbles for peace

Ynet.co.il

February 17, 2016

“Bubbles not Bullets: A Jewish student wearing a Kippah and an Arab student wrapped in a Keffiyeh stand on either side of a fence and, along with their friends, blow bubbles at each other. Students from around the world initiated and act in this video which was created to promote coexistence and calm in order to inspire hope for non-violent and patient dialogue.

To read more in Hebrew, click here.


Noa celebrates sound environment

By Michael Davis – Atlanta Jewish Times

February 15, 2016

 7e66dda2-127e-43a0-8379-c248cdbe3968-632x422Noa (Achinoam Nini) drew an official crowd of 342 people and increased awareness of Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies during what is believed to be the Israeli singer’s first Atlanta-area concert Sunday night, Feb. 14, at Kennesaw State University.

Robkin called Noa the world’s greatest singer and said he has traveled around the United States and Israel to hear her. But the concert did not sell out Morgan Hall at KSU’s Bailey Performance Center even though it was all about support for the Arava Institute, a Jewish National Fund partner, and for the Israel Ride, a five-day, 300-mile bicycle ride benefiting the institute, JNF and environmental organization Hazon.

To read more, click here.


Modern-Day Methuselah: Israeli Date Palm Sprouts From 2,000-Year-Old Seed

BreakingIsraelNews.com

January 29, 2016

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“Methuselah is considered to have been the oldest living man in the Hebrew bible, reaching the esteemed age of 969. It is only appropriate, then, that a date palm that sprouted from a 2,000-year-old seed at southern Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) carries the same name.”

To read more, click here.


ISRAEL’s largest solar field begins flowing to the national grid

BreakingIsraelNews.com

January 29, 2016

ShowImage“Officials in the Arava on Wednesday inaugurated Israel’s largest photovoltaic field, completing a journey six years in the making. The system already began providing the country with electricity several days ago. “In six days, a million-and-a-half kilowatt hours have been uploaded to the national grid,” Arava Power Company CEO Jon Cohen told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.”

To read more, click here.


The disappearance and return of the date palm

By Jo Ann Gardner – Eat, Drink + Think

January 20, 2016

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Of the original strain known as the Judean date palm, there is hope for its reintroduction to Israeli soil. In 2005, one of three 2,000-year-old date seeds discovered in the 1963 excavations at Masada, and kept in storage, was successfully germinated by scientist Elaine Solowey, director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in the southern Negev. For luck, she planted the pits on Tu B’Shvat, after first soaking them in warm water with plant hormones and enzymatic fertilizer made from seaweed. By 2007, this single seedling, which she named Methuselah, was three and a half feet tall”

To read more, click here.


THis is how to use your food scraps to make energy

By Kira Brekke – Huffington Post

January 18, 2016

You might want to give a second thought to tossing out your food waste. A company called HomeBioGas makes a device that converts food and animal waste into energy that can be used to power food prep. In the video above, watch Ami Amir, who does marking and business development for the company, discuss how the product is helping both off-grid rural communities and more affluent ones cut yearly waste while providing access to renewable energy.”

To read more, click here.


THe israel ride: off the beaten path from jerusalem

By Vivian Henoch – myJewishDetroit

January 2016

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The Israel Ride started as a peace initiative of the Arava Institute, a leading think tank in Israel working with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian students in search of common ground on which to broaden their understanding of the region and its challenges working towards environmental sustainability on issues of water, solar power, land use, forestation and energy.”

To read more, click here.

 

2015

avid bicycle rider experiences israel while helping country

By Jayne Jacova Feld – Jewish Community Voice in New Jersey

December 9, 2015

3p1.previewAs a means of exercise, stress release and an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, it just doesn’t get better than bike riding for Alan Finkelstein. So when Finkelstein learned of the existence of destination bike rides organized in support of charities, it was a complete revelation. And while all have unique charms, nothing comes close to the thrill of the Arava Institute/Hazon Israel Ride. Every year, bikers from North America and beyond gather in Jerusalem for the 350-mile weeklong journey to Eilat through the Negev while raising money for Jewish environmental groups. More than just a ride, it is a spiritual homecoming, said Finkelstein, who first participated in 2010 and, most recently, in November.”

To read more, click here.


Teaching peace during times of war

By David Lehrer – Ynetnews.com

November 27, 2015

191412221683378408258no“With slight variations, this scene has repeated itself at the Arava Institute on and off almost every year since the Second Intifada in 2002 until today, due to the eruption of a war, military operation or security situation involving Israel and the Palestinians and the fact that since 1996 the Arava Institute has hosted Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and international students in a two-semester academic program teaching environmental students.

Students live together in a small campus on Kibbutz Ketura in the southern Arava desert; Jews and Arabs in the same rooms, sharing tea, coffee, computers and space.”

To read more, click here.


off the Electricity grid? Solutions are being proposed in the arava

By Zafrir Rinat – Haaretz

November 1, 2015

“Thousands of families in the center of Israel turned angrily to electricity network operators this week because they disappointed them in a time of need. But there are many places in the world where there is no one to be angry with because there is no connection to the electricity grid at all. To benefit these areas, a demonstration center for technologies that can aid residents in off grid communities, was recently established in the Arava. The Off Grid Technology Demonstration Center is based in Kibbutz Ketura, where the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies operates.

To read more, click here.


no stops on the way to peace

By Shiri Hadar and Amit Kuttler – ynet.co.il

October 27, 2015

“200 Americans from Canada and the United States came to Israel this week on an initiative by the Arava Institute, to ride a bicycle on a long and hard journey from Jerusalem to Eilat. All in order to raise funds for projects between Jews, Arabs, Palestinians and Jordanians. Two of the riders came to the Ynet studio to talk about why they decided to do that.

To read more in Hebrew and watch a video interview with the riders in English, click here.


lone saviors

By Igal Sarna – Yedioth Ahronoth

October 23, 2015

“Around us lay algae farms, solar fields, alternative energy research facilities, and the world seemed full of possibilities and dreams of peace that have been forgotten and are waiting for their time.

To read more in Hebrew, click here.

 


Israel, palestine and the environment

By Laura Cole – Geographical.co.uk

October 8, 2015

desert2“Located on Kibbutz Ketura, on the Israeli border with Jordan, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies has, for 20 years, brought together undergraduate and graduate university students from both sides of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict to teach and talk about environmental issues.

Recognised as one of the top environmental think tanks in the world, it is now a key player in issues such as water scarcity, sustainable agriculture and cross-border nature conservation – problems that defy disputed borders. Even during some of the worst periods of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the Arava Institute has managed to maintain a diverse student body.”

To read more, click here.


Two states: a solution

By Michael Margaretten Cohen – International Policy Digest

July 14, 2015

1586484276556“There are scores and scores of Palestinian and Israeli People to People (P2P) organizations within the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) such as the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, the Parents Circle, PeacePlayers, the Search for Common Ground, the Jerusalem YMCA, Kids4Peace and countless other organizations who day in, day out build long-term bonds and dependence between Palestinians and Israelis as well as mitigating the foundation stone of perception.”

To read more, click here.


cnn hero and arava institute receive awards at gala

Drew University

April 27, 2015

BlinkNow3-833x1024“Drew CRCC will also present a Peacebuilder Award to the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies, a premier environmental studies and research institute that brings together students from around the Middle East to solve contemporary environmental challenges while promoting cooperation in the region. David Lehrer, executive director of the institute, will accept the award.”

To read more, click here.


in the middle east, muslims and jews work in unison to care for the environment

By Antonia Blumberg – Huffington Post Religion

April 21, 2015

n-ARAVA-628x314“Before arriving at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel in 2010, Yosra Albakkar, 28, had never met an Israeli or a Jewish person. That would soon change, as the Jordanian Muslim woman got to know her fellow students — who hailed from Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and North America — and formed friendships that would last for years to come.”

To read more, click here.


going green

Editorial – The Jerusalem Post

April 1, 2015
ShowImage-1Israeli NGOs, research institutes, and local communities are also paving the way. Kibbutz Lotan runs a fellowship for those interested in sustainable development. The Arava Institute runs programs for sustainable development that also encourage innovative small-scale initiatives that can reduce poverty or empower local communities.”

To read more, click here.


methuselah palm grown from 2,000-year-old seed is a father

By John Roach – National Geographic

March 24, 2015
Methuselahh_01381329.adapt.768.1“He is a big boy now,” says Elaine Solowey, who works with Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Kibbutz Ketura in Israel.

“He is over three meters [ten feet] tall, he’s got a few offshoots, he has flowers, and his pollen is good,” she says. “We pollinated a female with his pollen, a wild [modern] female, and yeah, he can make dates.”

To read more, click here.

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Water As A Challenge, And Answer, In Mideast Peace Talks

By Rabbi Michael M. Cohen – The Jewish Week: New York

March 18, 2014

CTWM-Site-Visits-268x201“Dr. Clive Lipchin is director of Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. In an address at Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action Water Dialogues, he shared a plan to use desalinization as a game-changer for regional water management and cooperation in the Middle East, particularly the Jordan River.  As he stated, the growing populations of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Jordan outpacing, in Malthusian dimensions, the availability of fresh water adds yearly to the regional stresses.”

To read more, click here.


 

Top Jewish philanthropies of 2013

By Allie Freedman – The Jerusalem Post

December 31, 2013

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With tons of philanthropies and charity work, here are some of the top Israeli charities to look out for in 2014:
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies – It is all about water. The Arava Institute of Environmental Studies is an accredited academic program that trains future leaders on environmental issues in Kibbutz Ketura. By using the environment as a source, they bring together Jews and Arabs toward the same goal.

To read more, click here.


 

THE SOLAR FIELD AND THE MEZUZAH

By Rabbi Michael M. Cohen – Huffington Post

July 18, 2011

arava-mezuzah_1024x1024“On a lonely gate facing a desolate sun-drenched open plain of the Arava Valley one can see a mezuzah, the small rectangular box containing writing from the Bible. It was put there following the Biblical injunction to place it on “your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:9). The Arava valley where this gate and mezuzah are found is the same valley used more than 100,000 years ago by our earliest human ancestors as an entrance route into Asia as humanity began to spread out of Africa.”

To read more, click here.