Cultivating Coexistence and Hope: Arava Institute Visits Boulder

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies may be familiar to many folks in Boulder County because of the Israel Ride, an annual 5-day bike ride from Jerusalem to Eilat.  Rabbi Marc Soloway, of Congregation Bonai Shalom, has participated in the Israel Ride three times. 

“Each time I participated in the Ride, the highlight was meeting alumni and students from the program both during the ride and at Kibbutz Ketura (home of the Arava Institute) and hearing their stories – Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians committed to the environment and building partnerships for peace.” 

Rabbi Marc Soloway

Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, executive director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, will be speaking at the Boulder JCC on Thursday, February 15 at 7 pm. Tareq will share the vital dialogue work of the Arava Institute, which continues even during this war. He’ll share stories of students—Palestinians, Israelis, and others from around the world who learn to see each other as human beings beyond the conflict while they study topics ranging from solar energy in agriculture to geopolitics and environmental ethics. You will learn about the institute’s cutting-edge research and development in cross-border environmental cooperation along with their vision for the future. 

“The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies offers a beacon of hope in a moment of conflict and climate crisis. Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and international students living and studying together are the future leaders and scientists in the world.” said Julie Shaffer, a long time supporter of the program. “An Institute housed on a Kibbutz in the Israeli desert, directed by an Israeli Palestinian scientist is truly a remarkable achievement.”  

The program is offered in partnership with the Friends of the Arava Institute. This program is made possible through the JCC Association of North America in partnership with Israel’s Ministry for Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism. Additional support provided by JewishColorado. 

All Boulder JCC programs are open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.  You do not need to be Jewish to participate. This program is a great opportunity to engage your neighbors, friends and co-workers on this topic. There is no membership requirement to participate in Boulder JCC programs.  

This program is free, however, Advance registration is always encouraged for programs at the Boulder JCC. It allows us to make sure we have enough chairs and be in touch if there is a change due to weather.   Using a computer rather than your mobile device will make the registration process easier for you. For registration support call 303-998-1900 or contact Acy Jackson acy.jackson@boulderjcc.org.

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