Acacia Giving Society

As a specialized academic institution, the Arava Institute equips leaders with the environmental knowledge, conflict mitigation skills and innovative research necessary to cooperatively solve the environmental challenges of the Middle East and the world. Founded in 1996, the Arava Institute has over 850 alumni. These alumni share a global consciousness and an entrepreneurial spirit. They are advocates for cooperation, are knowledgeable about pressing environmental and social issues and are committed to sustainability.

The Arava Institute offers an alternative paradigm in which shared environmental concerns bring future leaders together rather than drive them apart. Arava Institute research centers conduct innovative projects that address the environmental issues that strain the Israeli-Arab relationship. Simultaneously, the Arava Institute’s academic program provides both an exceptional environmental education and advanced intercultural dialogue skills around the shared concern of environmental degradation and sustainability.

This work is only possible through the continued commitment of our dedicated supporters. The Arava Institute is proud to honor these individuals as members of the Arava Institute Acacia Giving Society.

2014 Acacia Giving Society Members

Platinum

Platinum members have supported the Arava Institute with a gift of $10,000 or more in 2014.  An asterisk (*) next to their name(s) denotes that they made their gift through the Jewish National Fund.  These individuals include:

Jeffrey Abramson*

Michael & Judith Berman

Harry Bleiwise

Irwin & Rita Blitt

Frank Chudnow & Margie Patlak* (Trustee)

Pearl Elias*

Joseph & Deborah Eppstein (Trustee)

Franklin Fisher*

Jonathan Fishman*

Aaron Frank*

Lois & Larry Frank*

Bernard Friedman

Melvin & Geraldine Garbow*

Lori Gordon*

David & Brenda Jaffe* (Trustees)

Paul & Carol Miller

Rick & Nancy Moskovitz

Marion Mueller

Jay Myers

Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel*

Miriam Newman & Michael Pinnolis (Trustee)

Mildred Stein

Ronald & Katherine Stein*

Chet & Rita Stein* (Trustee)

Paul Yarowsky & Katheryn Grumbach*

Andrew & Julie Wilshinsky*

 

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Gold

Gold members have supported the Arava Institute with a gift ranging from $5,000-$9,999 in 2014.  An asterisk (*) next to their name(s) denotes that they made their gift through the Jewish National Fund.  These individuals include:

Lawrence & Marcia Arem

Theodore Banks*

Michael Charness*

Eileen Chudnow*

Chuck Edelstein*

Cary & Nancy Feldman*

Karen & Barry Fierst* (Advisory Board)

Betty Freudman*

Mort Gerber & Mary Ann Levitt*

Paul Gillis*

Amy Goldman & Joel Brill (Trustee)

Sally Gottesman & Rachel Tiven

Jack & Celeste Grynberg*

Daniel & Naomi Kayne

Maurice Amado Foundation*

Robert Kitchenoff*

Kenneth Kruspsky*

Matthew Lieberman*

Lisa & Maury Friedman* (Advisory Board)

Larry Lustberg

Jeffrey Menick*

Butch Weaver* (Advisory Board)

Jack & Andrea Platt

Elliot Rebhun

Paula & Azzy Reckess

Nathan & Mary Relles*

Ben Sillins & the Robert Sillins Family Foundation

Shai & Judy Robkin* (Trustee)

Howie & Susie Rodenstein* (Trustee)

Lee Tabas*

Cheryl Ullman

Francine Lavin Weaver* (Advisory Board)

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Silver

Silver members have supported the Arava Institute with a gift ranging from $2,500-$4,999 in 2014. An asterisk (*) next to their name(s) denotes that they made their gift through the Jewish National Fund.  These individuals include:

Debra Aaron

Dick Berman*

Bruce Berman*

Matt Brown*

David Camp & Gwen Borowsky* (Trustee)

Harvey & Katherine Cohen* (Trustee)

Doris Roskin*

Russell & Brenda Frank*

David & Marilyn Frazer*

Art Gould (Trustee)

Deborah Marcus-Stayman*

Judy Mendel & Paul Feldman

Howard Metzenberg*

Hershel & Betsy Richman (Trustee)

Hillel & Judy Salomon (Trustee)

Alan Salzberg

Mark & Marcee Samberg*

Eric Schaffer*

Karen Schapiro & Douglas Frazer* (Trustee)

Stuart & Joan Schoenfeld (Advisory Board)

Stephen Segal

Bill Steinmetz

Steven & Sara Wilstein*

 

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Bronze

Bronze members have supported the Arava Institute with a gift ranging from $1,000-$2,499 in 2014. An asterisk (*) next to their name(s) denotes that they made their gift through the Jewish National Fund.  These individuals include:

Adler Family Foundation

David & Ryna Alexander*

Isaac Antebi & Mechal Perl*

Paula Barco

Bay & Paul Foundations

Eric Berzon & Danielle Ruymaker (Trustee)

Michael Bien

Jeremy Bollinger*

Andrea Boyarsky-Maisel

Jonas Brachfeld*

Judith Buechner

Daniel & Claire Caine*

Scott Cassel*

Gerald Cook

Lisa Edelstein*

Sue Fischlowitz & David Roberts

Morris Flaum*

Brian Foont

Meryl Frank

Clark French

Mark & Mary Glick

Debbie Goldman

Phil & Carol Goldsmith

Rabbi Leslie Gordon & David Goodtree*

Harvey & Patti Gould

Reyla Graber*

Harold & Nancy Parritz

Jon Harris-Shapiro (Trustee)

Debbie Heller

Lisa Hicks*

Ruth & Mark Joffe

Joseph Kahan

George & Barbara Kramer

Roberta Landau*

Nicholas Leighton

Jodi & Ross Mansbach*

Michael Marcus* (Trustee)

Massie Family

Hinda & Joel Miller

Glenda & David Minkin*

Marcy & Michael Needle*

John & Kayla Niles

Linda Peotter*

Michael Polifka

Norman Rosenberg

Annette Rotter & Joel Laitman

Phillip & Debbie Rubin*

Stanley & Sheila Schwartz*

Wayne Senville & Lila Shapero

Kenneth & Pamela Simon

Lois Simon*

Bennett Simon

Marvin M. Slott

Shira Sternberg (Trustee)

Lynne Tapper & Leland Brandt

Stephen & Susan Wagner

Mark & Pam Weinstein

Ben & Sandra Weiss

Warren Wolfson

Jessica & Eric Zachs

Nolan Zail*

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About the Acacia Tree

When asked to describe the meaning of the acacia tree in three words, students from the Arava Institute focused on the tree’s resilience, strength and tenacity in the face of adversity.  It is fitting then that this tree should represent the Institute and all who work, study and support it. Mutual understanding, cross-cultural cooperation and lasting peace are not easily achieved. Yet since the Institute’s start in 1996, over 850 students have set out to accomplish these ambitious aims. With the help of our faculty, staff and supporters, these young leaders have shown resilience, strength and tenacity to overcome the political tensions, cultural disassociation and environmental challenges that divide the region. These leaders are friends, allies, colleagues and partners, working together to achieve their vision of a sustainable and peaceful Middle East.