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  • A Rabbi in the Desert: Encountering Religious Diversity

    On a sunny August desert morning, I found myself invited by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to talk about the Arava Institute's research in solar energy at  a conference of “Ancient Traditions Contemporary Realities: A Meeting of Israel-Asia Faith Leaders” in Jerusalem. There were leaders from the Hindu, Jain, ...

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  • Fall ’16 Semester begins!

    43 students and interns arrived at the Arava Institute at the beginning of this week, excited for orientation and the beginning of their courses. The Fall 2016 participants come from Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Kenya, and the United States. The first few days ...

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  • Ongoing Support for our Alumni’s Cross-Border Projects

    In its inaugural year, the Alumni Innovation program is providing six worthy alumni teams with seed funding to begin their trans-boundary efforts. The goal of the Alumni Innovation Program is to empower our graduates to fulfill the mission of the Institute, building bridges between people in the Middle East based on ...

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  • Friends of the Arava Institute welcomes a new Executive Director

    On October 1st Miriam May will join the Friends of the Arava Institute as the Executive Director. Miriam brings a comprehensive background in fundraising, and non-profit and private sector business management. Her wealth of experience and enthusiasm for our mission are a welcome addition to our team. In Miriam’s words, ...

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  • The Israel Ride Turns 13!

    Planning for the 2016 Israel Ride is well underway. Almost 200 have signed up to attend the 13th year and the 16th ride. Only a few spots left! Register at: www.israelride.org. This year, we plan to visit the following locations to learn about Israel and the environment, including: Emek HaEla, where David slew Goliath Makhtesh ...

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  • A Rabbi in the Desert: Reconnecting with the Arava

    In February 1996 a small notice appeared in the International Jerusalem Post weekly newspaper. It announced the opening of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura. The notice also contained the email address of its founder Dr. Alon Tal. With my interest in the environment I wrote to ...

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  • Successful, Ground Breaking Conference

    A conference entitled “Building Cross-border Environmental Agreements between Israel, Jordan and Palestine”, held September 7-8,brought together over 50 participants who formed working groups and plan to take action  in the coming year on critical environmental needs across the region. The Institute hosted this conference as an inaugural step towards the fulfillment of ...

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  • Meet the Fall ’16 Program Associates

    We are excited to welcome Liron and Karolinka, our Program Associates for the Fall 2016 semester! They are currently preparing the Campus for the new students who will be arriving soon. LIRON GREENBERG Liron was born in the US and grew up in Kfar Saba, Israel. She studied at the Arava Institute ...

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  • Director’s Blog: How much hotter can it get?

    "There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you're going to be part of the problem."  - Eldridge Cleaver   Spending August in the Arava Valley, enjoying temperatures which range from 82ºF  at night to 105ºF  during the day, motivate one ...

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  • Dead Sea Students Unite

    High school students from Jordan and Israel recently came together at Ein-Gedi to begin the dialogue necessary to cooperatively discuss solutions to the environmental challenges of the region. Students and teachers from both sides of the Dead Sea, as well as an archeologist, participated in educational and community-building activities. Two ...

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