AN OASIS OF HOPE

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July 11, 2017 12:22

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies celebrates its 20th anniversary with a gala ceremony in Tel Aviv.




MC Keren Mor, Achinoam Nini, David Lehrer and Ambassador Daniel Shek.

MC Keren Mor, Achinoam Nini, David Lehrer and Ambassador Daniel Shek.. (photo credit:Courtesy)

“IN THIS little speck of the Arava you can always find Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Americans who live and study together, and manage their differences in a civilized and peaceful manner,” says Daniel Shek, who heads the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies’ Public Council and is a former Israeli ambassador to France.

The Institute, established 20 years ago on Kibbutz Ketura by Alon Tal and Miriam Sharton, is a top teaching and research program, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to face the Middle East’s environmental challenges. “Located in the heart of Israel’s Arava desert, the Arava Institute is a unique oasis of environmental education, research and international cooperation,” its website says.

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