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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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  • L’hitraot: An intern’s end-of-semester reflections

    As the first semester of my program comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on this other-worldly experience here. Over the past four months, I have seen desert rain, smelled the sweet scent of fresh earth in the desert, and watched the dusty plants turn green in anticipation ...

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  • End of Fall 2017 semester

    Last week we welcomed 46 new graduates to the Arava Institute alumni network, as the Fall 2017 semester came to and end. The last few days after the students’ final exams were spent in summary activities and saying goodbye after a semester filled with learning and adventure. As always, one ...

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  • Arava Institute-Aston University project wins SWIG award

    The Arava Institute and Aston University recently received the 2017 Sustainable Water Industry Group (SWIG) Award for their joint project on “Off-grid desalination for irrigation in the Jordan Valley”. The SWIG award celebrates achievements in the sustainable water industry, in order to increase awareness of what can be achieved, and ...

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  • Director’s Blog: Oh Jerusalem

    Since President Donald Trump’s declaration in November, the world has focused its Middle East attention on Jerusalem. Though President Trump’s speech was for once carefully crafted and focused, it could not begin to encompass the myriad of emotions, beliefs, narratives and relationships which connect people globally to the center of ...

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  • Acacia research in the Arava Valley

      The research during my internship with Dr. Elli Groner at the Center for Hyper-Arid Socio-Ecology thus far has been focused on the majestic Acacia trees, a keystone species in the Arava, and their response to climate change. There are three species of acacia in the Arava Valley: tortilis, radianna, ...

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  • Alternative Energy Science Field Trip

    At 3 pm on Monday, our Alternative Energy class set out to explore the sustainable energy practices in some of the nearby Kibbutzim, led by our professor, Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed. After learning about the different alternative energy technologies in the classroom, the group was eager to get out in ...

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  • Fall 2017 Alumni Tour

    Arava Institute alumni Eve Tendler and Shadi Shiha spent the past month visiting universities and communities throughout the United States promoting peace-building and environmental cooperation, as part of the Friends of the Arava Institute’s Dialogue Project. The alumni shared personal stories from their time spent at the Arava Institute as ...

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