2018-2019 Annual Report

Dear friends and supporters,

We’re happy to report that, thanks to you, the Arava Institute had a year (2018-2019) of continued growth: extending our commitment to educating students; achieving environmental solutions; and building cooperative ventures in Israel and across our borders. We continue to believe that respect and shared goals can move us closer to the peace we all hope for.

Our academic program is bursting with students, so much so that this is our fourth consecutive semester in which we were at capacity. The 2018 Israel Ride was the biggest on record, with more than 200 riders. And almost three years in, our Track II projects are making substantive steps forward, as featured in the New York Times in November.

We are especially glad to have you on our team now, because we are going to need your support for the coming year too. After more than 20 years, the Arava Institute has firmly established itself. We are extending our philosophy across borders and tackling bigger projects.

We are currently in the early planning for our future needs. We need dorms and classrooms for our burgeoning number of students; meeting rooms for the more than 100 Track II participants and partners; and to further the Arava Institute as a regional center for cross-border environmental cooperation.

We can’t wait to show you our plans. We are excited for this new stage in the life of the Arava Institute and hope you will continue to support our students, faculty and efforts toward solutions to the region’s environmental issues.

David Lehrer
Executive Director
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Miriam May
Executive Director
Friends of the Arava Institute

Thank You!

The Friends of the Arava Institute would like to sincerely thank the following supporters for gifts received from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Endowment and Capital Campaign Donors

Fishman Family

Sara Fishman

Jonathan Fishman

Howard & Sara Metzenberg

Richard & Nancy Moskovitz

Joseph M. Schor Family

David & Alena Schwaber

Jerome E. Toffler Private Foundation

$25,000+

Kathryn Ames Foundation

Anonymous

Jeffrey Bain & Rabbi Anat Moskowitz

Beverly Foundation

Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation

Elias Family Philanthropic Fund

Aaron Frank & Julia Chang Frank

Albert B. Glickman Family Foundation

Sally Gottesman

Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family

Foundation

David & Aviva Lee-Parritz

Marion Mueller

Jay Myers & Joni Segal

Sylvia Neil & Dan Fischel

The Osprey Foundation

Marc Plonskier

The Abe & Kathryn Selsky Foundation

Ronald & Katherine Stein

$24,999-$10,000

Michael & Judith Berman

Janine & Edward Biskind

Harry Bleiwise

Michael Cutler & Dale Rosenthal

Robert & Carol Deutsch

Joseph & Deborah Eppstein

Jonathan & Gail Fishman

Russell & Brenda Frank

Bernard Friedman

Melvin & Geraldine Garbow

Cathy Horwitz & Mark Campbell

David & Brenda Jaffe

Jane & Malcolm Jozoff

Sheldon Kahn & Sarah Liron

Daniel Kaplan & Kay Richman

Gary & Deborah Korus

Francine Lavin Weaver

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Stephen & Laura Olson

The Oreg Foundation

Linda Peotter

Jack & Andrea Platt

Nathan & Mary Relles

Robert Sillins Family Foundation

Mark Saifer & Merry Sherman

Transwell MRI Inc.

Peter & Deborah Wexler

$9,999-$5,000

Pauline Altman Foundation

Lawrence & Marcia Arem

David Arfin & Madeline Chaleff

Katherine Arthaud

Theodore Banks

Rita Blitt

Sharon Boguch

Claire & Daniel Caine Fund

David Camp & Gwen Borowsky

Frank Chudnow & Margie Patlak

Janice Cohen & Byron Fisher

Elliott & Marlys Badzin

Cary Feldman & Nancy Jacobs-

Feldman

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Mark & Mary Glick

Amy Goldman & Joel Brill

Richard & Renee Goldman

Barbara Gural Steinmetz & Thomas

Steinmetz

Jon & Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro

Harry Heiman & Abby Friedman

Samuel & Meredith Hendler

Daniel & Naomi Kayne

Robert & Carol Keehn

Honey Kessler Amado

Charles & Esther Lee Kimerling

Charitable Foundation

Kenneth & Amy Krupsky

Roberta Landau

Mary Ann Levitt

Jack & Judith Lief

Michael & Laurie Marcus

Craig Margolis & Carrie Flaxman

Richard & Nancy Moskovitz

Hinda and Joel Miller Fund

James & Kala Paul

Saul Pilchen

Hershel & Betsy Richman

Hillel & Judy Salomon

Marcee & Mark Samberg

Steven & Penny Sanderson

Myron & Linda Schonfeld

Charles Shain

Ann Stehney

Lee & Nancy Tabas

Cheryl Lang Ullman

Michael Fischer & Susann Wilkinson

Matthew & Lisa Winkler

David Yaffe

$4,999-$1,000

Debra Aaron

Judy Ackerman

David Adler

David & Ryna Alexander

Richard Altman

Bar-Cohen Family Charitable Fund

Rose Barlow

Craig & Robin Beden

Ron & Susan Berman

Steve & Gita Berman

Eric Berzon & Danielle Ruymaker

Michael & Diana Bickford

Jonathan Breakstone

Judith & Frederick Buechner

Eileen Chudnow

Brad Cogan

Harvey & Katharine Cohen

Sharon Cohen & Eric Barker

Michael Cooperman & Anne Archer

Elliot & Marjorie Davidoff

Bennett Deutsch

Kay & Steven Dixon

Halley Faust

Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of

Upper Fairfield County

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Ronald & Dana Fishbein

Morris & Debra Flaum

Brian & Jennie Foont

Robert & Sara Franco

Isaac Frank

William Ganong

Richard Gering & Nancy Bell-Gering

David & Sandy Gerschultz

Jonathan Gertman

Catharyn & Mike Gildesgame

Debbie Goldman

Fran Goldman

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Susan & Michael Gordon

Peter & Gavriela Gottlieb

Reyla Graber

Steven Greenberg & Jennifer Sylvor

Melodie Greenblatt

Richard Heinrich

Debbie & James Heller

Paul & Shelly Hendler

Highland Park Minyan

Libby Hill

Daniel Jacobs

Rondy Jennings

Judy Joseph & Mark Greenberg

Kaplan Family Foundation

Andrew & Jayne Klein

Zachary & Keisha Korenstein

George & Barbara Kramer

Sheri & James Krell

Michael & Patricia Krigel

Leighton Family Fund

Margaret Mandell

Jodi & Ross Mansbach

Yaron Marcus

Miriam May & Rabbi Shaye Cohen

Louise Mayo

Mark Miller & Michele Fleeter Miller

Mark & Pnina Mintz Charitable Fund

Michael Needle

Obadiah Designated Fund of the

Community Foundations of the Hudson

Valley

Jonathan & Robin Parritz

Andrew & Catherine Pines

Michael & Mary Alice Polifka

Roberta Quiat

Elliott Rebhun

Paula & Azzy Reckess

Sidney Redner

Daniel & Dina Relles

David Roberts & Sue Fischlowitz

Howie & Susie Rodenstein

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Leonard & Celia Schuchman

Mark Segal

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Senville Foundation

Susan Shachar

Melvin Simon

Karl & Paula Singer

The Raffa and Paul Atlas and Joel Atlas

Skirble Endowment

United Jewish Fund and Council of

St. Paul

Andrew & Julie Wilshinsky

Nolan Zail

$999-$500

Samuel & Bernice Behar

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Sandra Brawarsky

Joan & Harold Burstyn

Rabbi Michael Cohen & Alison Hill

Mark & Wendy Comstock Family Fund

Mark Druy & Johanna Rothman

Frances Ehrenberg-Hyman & Carl

Hyman

Andrew Eller & Andrea Solomon-Eller

Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood

Diana Fischmann Orenstein

Lynn & Bob Flayhart

Thomas Fritz & Beryl Brodsky

Richard Goldman

Goodwin Foundation

Mary Gray Holt

Deborah Greitzer

Jack Hendler

Philip Herschenfeld

Robert & Sandra Honig

Joakim Isaacs

Israel Congregation of Manchester

Joann & Thomas Adler Family

Foundation

Mark & Ruth Joffe

Jason & Mimi Kahan

Marjorie Kaplan & Michael Stanislawski

Amir Karby

Stuart Kiken

Charna Kinneberg

Congregation Kol Ha’Emek

Susan Kraham & Adam Joseph

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Larchmont Temple

Nancy & Arthur Laskin

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Barry Lichtenberg

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Jonathan & Dena Parmet

Gregory & Bryna Rapp

Robert & Debra Rosenthal

Rabbi William Rudolph

David Sabih

Carol Schneider

David Simpson

Alan Fisher & Barbara Sommer

Jon Ulanet

Michael & Serene Victor

Stephen Wagner & Susan Woog Wagner

Solomon Weingarten

Joan & Bernard White Philanthropic

Fund

Mark & Patricia Wolkow

Elliot & Michele Zide

$499-$250

Arlene Ash Charitable Fund

Rosalyn Becker

Carla Berzon

Steve Blechman

Edward & Eva Borins

Rabbi Bradd Boxman

Sean Boyd

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Julie & Andrew Burden

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Melvin Cohen

Robert & Ellen Dobrusin

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Jonah Eisen

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Tammy & Brian Goldstein

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Shawn Hawkins

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Carl Jacobs

Shana Jacobs

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Laura Miller

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Marilyn Newman

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Susan Patz

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Ilene Rosenthal

Myrna Sameth

Pb Schechter

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Barbara Segal & Howard Brown

Eric Segal

Bill Siksay

Anita Stein

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Janet Stotsky

Leroy & Joyce Strom

Louis Tenenbaum

Ronald & Stephanie Weiss

Janet Wellish

Rabbi Steven & Jody Wernick

Ann Wimpfheimer & Edward Snyder

Gary Zaidenweber & Rachel Adelman

$249-$180

Michele Alperin & Steven Sheriff

Hamoody Atwa

David Barash & Debra Gorra Barash

Ira Bartfield

Robert Becker

Ami & Mark Belsky

Robert Bloch

The Bocian Family Gift Fund

Peter & Susan Bradford

Jeffrey Burack & Shelly Ball

Mary Call

Daniel Cedarbaum

Yvette Chalom

Glenda Claremon

Chad Coerver & Karen Fiss

Selk Conroy Giving

Thomas Cooper & Chris Engemann

Morris Deutsch

Kristina Donnelly

Paula Doress-Worters

David Eisenberg & Fran Caplan

Nancy Facher

Daniel Feldman

Andrew Fischer & Linda Jason

French & Co. Fine Properties

Leslie Fried-Kuperstein & Jerry

Kuperstein

Robin Friedlander

Gamzu Family Fund

Joseph Glider

The Goddard-Mele Living Trust

Raymond Goldberg

The Gregg and Ruth Gorrin Family

Fund

Ama Dawn Greenrose Manasse

Susan Hendrie-Marais

Todd Herzog

Booker Holton

Jenny & Brian Immerman

Lance Kawesch & Anne Exter

Daniel Kestin

Rabbi Jonathan Kligler & Ellen Jahoda

Barry & Marcie Koffler

Hanne Kooy

Robin Kramarow

Kevin Lake & Sallie Deans Lake

Lydia Lazar

Tajlei Levis

Paul & Ruth Levisohn

Jackie Lewis

Richard Lieberman

Larry & Georgi Lockerman

Sara & David Nelson

Ellen Rader Smith

Marc & Miriam Reimer

Patricia Renzulli

Ben & Ronit Rose

Ellen & Jack Rosenberg

Keith Rosten

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Manar Sarie

Joshua Schon Wirtschafter & Diane

Wirtschafter

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Joanne Shapiro

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Temple Emanu-El of Sarasota

Ken Toltz

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Len & Libby Traubman

Martin Wagner & Naomi Dworkin

Eric Wasserman

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Meir Yehoshua

Mark and Margie Zivin Gift Fund

$179-$1

Fred Abrams

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Barbara Altman

Amitai Foundation

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Michael Bahr

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Lonny Behar

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Goldie Blumenstyk

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Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake

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Ruth Donner

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Drench Family Donor Advised Fund

Herb Dreyer

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Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely

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Vanessa Evan-Bouchelle

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Samuel Feinsmith

Brenda & Leon Fine

Robert M. Finer & Nancy L. Finer

Charitable Fund

Gary & Denise Fink

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Shalom & Deborah Flank

Judith Foster

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Allan Freedman & Amy Rappaport

Bonnie & Sheldon Freidenreich

Mona Freidin

Sandy Friedman

Sherry Friedman

Beverly Friend

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Susana Galdamez

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Ginsburg Shuchat Family Fund

Morris Glassman

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Gold Family Charitable Trust

Steven Gold

Gold Family Fund

Kesselman-Goldberg Benevolent Fund

Richard & Lois Goldberg Donor Advised

Fund

Tamara Goldman

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Fund

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Schumack

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