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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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  • New Peace-Building Leadership Seminar Coordinator

    We are excited to welcome Dr. Michael Alexander as the new Peace-Building Leadership Seminar Coordinator! Dr. Alexander was born in Tel Aviv, spent his adolescence in the USA, and has also lived in Europe. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.A. in ...

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  • Director’s Blog: Crossing Borders

    On February 14th, the Arava Institute will open its doors to the students of the 2017 Spring Semester. We are expecting a large contingent of over 50 students and interns from Israel, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Jordan, Egypt, the U.S., Europe, and Africa! This will be one of the ...

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  • Photo Essay: Butterfly research in the Arava desert

    Fall 2016 intern Nora Haack spent the semester researching butterflies with the Center for Hyper-Arid Socio-Ecology. She captured some of her explorations in this unique photo essay.                   ...

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  • End of Fall 2016 Semester

    Yesterday we welcomed 43 new Arava Institute graduates to our alumni network as the Fall 2016 semester came to an end. A highlight of the final week was the festive graduation ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. It was especially moving to hear guest speaker Sarah Perle Benazera, a 2005 alumna, describe ...

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  • Director’s Blog:  Alumni in Action: Working to help Syrian Refugees

    While much of the discourse in conventional and social media on the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 has been about whether it was an unwarranted attack on Israel’s right to exist or a much needed rebuff of Israel’s settlement policy, Ambassador Samantha Power’s moving words on the lack of Security ...

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  • Visit from Israeli Ambassador to Jordan

    On Thursday, December 22nd, the Arava Institute had the honor to host Einat Schlein, current Israeli Ambassador to Jordan for a visit. Ambassador Schlein met with Institute staff and students to receive updates on developments since her last visit in May 2015. Executive Director David Lehrer presented the recently established ...

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  • New MASHAV Environmental Management Course

    From Nov 27th – Dec 13th 2016, the Arava Institute held a new MASHAV* training program titled "Environmental Management of Nature Parks and Reserves", as part of the ongoing work of the Arava Center for Sustainable Development (ACSD). The 25 professionals working for governments, NGOs, decision-making bodies, academia and the ...

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