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  • Director’s Blog: November – the month of conferences

    The 220 participants in the 2018 Israel Ride rode into Eilat on October 29th. Despite weather and police challenges, this year’s ride was a great success. As the Arava Institute staff recovered from the largest ride in our history, we looked ahead to a month packed with conferences. In Israel ...

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  • Fall ’18 Negev Trip – a Student’s View

    I don’t think I will ever forget waking up in the middle of the night under a Bedouin tent to have the rare experience of watching the stars in the unpolluted sky of the Negev. The night was peaceful, and the fresh air was crispy cold, and with a single ...

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  • The Dialogue Project: Reflections from an Alum

    Last month, I participated in the bi-annual Arava Institute alumni tour—also known as the Dialogue Project. On this speaking tour, myself and two of our recent Middle Eastern alumni, Ben Ben Ami and Hasan Ebdah, traveled to 8 different states, 11 university campuses, and spoke with dozens of different communities ...

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  • Director’s Blog November 2018: Israel Ride

    We have just completed another phenomenally successful Israel Ride. It was the 18th and largest Israel Ride in our history with over 200 participants and 60 crew members. This year’s ride was particularly challenging as the police placed a whole set of new demands on us, and we faced bad ...

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  • Track II Environmental Forum – Gaza (Director’s Blog Summer 2018 – Part III)

    The Track II Environmental Forum, which seeks to advance cross-border agreements between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Jordan, made progress on many of its cross-border initiatives in the West Bank and regionally. However much of this summer’s activity focused on Gaza. The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza made our attempts ...

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  • News from the Center for Sustainable Agriculture (Director’s Blog Summer 2018 – Part II)

    Dr. Elaine Solowey has been researching Argan, a tree native to Morocco, since the 1980’s. The Argan tree produces a nut from which a highly valuable oil, often called simply Moroccan Oil, is extracted and used in cosmetics and cooking. The tree grows wild in Morocco. Its fruit are gathered ...

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  • Academic agreements and a New Campus (Director’s Blog Summer 2018 – Part I)

    In June 2018, I had been looking forward to a nice quiet summer in which I hoped to make some major progress on the articles I would publish for my PhD. This summer, however, was anything but quiet for me or for the Arava Institute. Academic agreements and partnerships The ...

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  • New Middle Eastern Recruitment Team

    We are excited to welcome two new members to the Arava Institute staff, who will be taking over our Middle Eastern recruitment and outreach. Zohar Weiss, 28, grew up in Karmiel and now lives in Haifa. She holds a BA in Politics, Government and Geography from Ben-Gurion University. During her ...

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  • Beginning of Fall 2018 semester

    Last week we welcomed a new group of 60 students and interns to the Arava Institute. This semester’s participants come from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, the United States, Canada, Kenya, Germany, France and England, forming our largest semester so far. The participants spent the first few days getting to know each ...

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  • Air monitoring station at the Arava Institute

    In collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Arava Institute has established an air monitoring station in our Research & Visitors’ Park. The station will be part of the country-wide air monitoring network that collects, processes, and documents air samples, publishing data on air quality and air quality forecasts. ...

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