About Our Event

With support from Jewish National Fund, the Arava Institute advances cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict, and also educates and prepares future leaders from Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, and around the world to cooperatively solve the pressing environmental challenges of our time.


This event is open to the public, and the entire Mountain States community is welcome to attend.

Guest Speakers


Mohammed Azraq

Arava Institute Alumnus

Mohammed Azraq was born to Jordanian parents in Kuwait City. A recipient of the Atkin Fellowship for Arab Israeli Peace at King’s College London, he published a paper on grassroots community initiatives for renewable energy generation in West Bank villages. Mohammed is developing a migration narrative project to help young Arab immigrants and Mizrahi/Sephardic Jews connect in Europe. 


Odeliya Matter

Arava Institute Alumna

Odeliya Matter was born and raised in Jerusalem with a short stint in Arizona, where her mother performed as a reform cantor. After her Israel Defense Forces (IDF) service Odeliya organized a delegation of volunteers to the Island of Lesvos, Greece to assist their refugee population. Upon her return to Israel in 2018, Odeliya studied at the Arava Institute where she developed her interest in the fields of grassroots activism, environmental development, and community-based collaborations.

Event Chair

Sherrie Zeppelin

Mountain States Women for Israel Co-Chairs

Natalie Goldman & Amy Zeppelin Kirschbaum

More Information

Melissa Asarch, Associate Director, Mountain States

[email protected] or 303.573.7095 x978

Important Security Information

Please note that for security purposes, Jewish National Fund reserves the right to check IDs and all bags are subject to search.