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  • Director’s Blog: Arava Institute Alumni – where we were, where we are, and where we are going

    Two weeks ago, the Arava Alumni Peace and Environmental Network (AAPEN) held its 12th Annual Alumni Conference in Dana, Jordan. 130 Arava Institute alumni and staff along with 9 children of alumni and staff gathered in a small village on the outskirts of one of Jordan’s most beautiful nature reserves, ...

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  • 2017 Alumni Conference

    The 2017 Arava Alumni Peace and Environmental Network (AAPEN) Conference was held in Dana, Jordan, and was attended by 140 current and former students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan and other countries. The conference began on Friday afternoon with a warm welcome in the picturesque village of Dana, which overlooks Wadi ...

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  • Director’s Blog: Who will be held accountable?

    Prior to the tsunami of recent international events dominating newspaper headlines, breaking news banners, and new media posts, the Trump administration had just announced major cuts in many US government department budgets, especially the EPA and the US State Department. On March 28th, as a follow up to these indications ...

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  • 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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