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  • Arava Institute Staff Trip to Rawabi

    Last week, the Arava Institute traveled to the Palestinian city of Rawabi. Rawabi, located next to Ramallah, is the first planned city built for and by Palestinians. The staff visited four neighborhoods that are currently built, out of 22 that are being planned, which will hold a population of 25,000. ...

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  • Director’s Blog April 2018: Playing the long game

    It has been a very busy Passover holiday. The plight of the Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers has been one of the centers of attention in Israel, and has caught the world’s attention as well. If there was ever an opportunity for Israel to be a light unto the nations, ...

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  • 2018 Alumni Conference

    The 2018 Arava Alumni Peace and Environmental Network (AAPEN) Conference was held at the Institute in Kibbutz Ketura. It was attended by over 160 graduates, spouses and children, current students and staff from Israel, Palestine, Jordan and other countries. The conference began on Thursday afternoon with an informal gathering and ...

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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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