Israel 360 and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies Present

From Political Enmity to Ecological Cooperation: The Israeli-Jordanian Biodiversity Study

A Presentation by Dr. Uri Shanas

Thursday, August 10 | Stampfer Chapel | Free | 7 – 8:30pm

Join us for a special presentation by Dr. Uri Shanas, one of Israel’s foremost environmental advocates.  He will talk about the collaborative work between Israeli scientists from Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Jordanian colleagues around biodiversity issues in the region and explore ways in which former enemies work to bridge the cultural divide.

For more information, please contact: 503.246.8831

About Isreal360: Israel360 is a pilot project of The Kindness Commons™ and is housed at Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, Oregon. Israel360 is a series of regularly occurring programs that will consider many aspects of Israel–modern and ancient–from diverse viewpoints and approaches. Some sessions will have a cultural, political or military focus, while other events will examine Israeli history, sociology or the peace process. In today’s world, any mention of Israel can be contentious, because people arrive at events with pre-formed opinions.

To help us grow past this, and to model the Jewish values of shmirat halashon (thoughtful speech), derekh eretz (civility) and makhlokhet l’shem shamayim (directed dialogue), all programs will be facilitated. At each event, attendees will be reminded of a set of guidelines for participation. The goal is to ensure that dialogue and discussion are respectful and that questions and comments spring from a sense of curiosity rather than a desire to prove a position or score a rhetorical point.


About ARAVA Institute: The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is a leading environmental studies and research program in the Middle East. It houses academic programs in partnership with Ben Gurion University, research centers, and international cooperation initiatives focusing on a range of environmental concerns and challenges.

With a student body comprised of Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, and students from around the world, the Arava Institute offers students an exceptional opportunity to learn from leading professionals while forming friendships and developing skills that enable them to lead the region and the world in solving today’s most pressing environmental challenges. Click here for more.