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Now more than ever, we need to find ways to connect with our neighbors. We live in a global community where stories from around the world can unite and inspire us. Join us for Pathways to Peace: a six-part series featuring Israelis and Palestinians telling their stories of identity, friendship, and cohesion even during a time of social distancing.

On Wednesday, June 10 at 1:30 pm ET join us to hear from Rina Kedem and Suleiman Halasah, alumni of the Arava Institute, on their experience founding the Jordan-Israel Center for Community, Environment & Research (JICCER) together. The Center supports the wellbeing of the natural and human systems of Wadi Araba/Arava through cross-border community initiatives, policy and research. This new center aims to “reopen the bridges” between the southern Jordanian and Israeli communities. They will speak to the ongoing work of research center, challenges with COVID-19, and their experiences attending the Arava Institute.






At the Arava Institute, students participate in a peace-building and conflict resolution seminar alongside their work in environmental studies. For many, it is the first time when Israeli Jews and Palestinians sit alongside each other, listen, and build friendships. These relationships are the foundation for the Arava Institute’s work: building the respect for successful cross-border partnerships.  

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