2022 Trip Details
Full Tuition – TBD
Reg. Deadline: May 1, 2022
Experience Israel with Teens from Across North America!
The Union for Reform Judaism’s Sci-Tech Israel offers teens a hands-on learning experience in Israel – a living laboratory where science and technology meet the Jewish past, present, and future.
Israel plays a fundamental role in our Jewish story, and its history and presence as the Jewish State is a strong component of Reform Judaism. However, Israel is also home to many different faces, voices, and stories, as well as individuals and organizations, that have shaped the science and technology landscape of Israel and entire world. From the invention of instant messaging, to pioneering the Intel chip, to medical treatments for Parkinson’s disease, Israeli contributions can be seen in every corner of our society.
Begin your journey in the north, exploring the diverse ecosystem, resources, and communities of the Golan and Galilee.
Galilee Medical Center – Walk through the hospital with doctors and learn about Israel’s role in providing medical assistance to its neighbors.
National Institute of Oceanography – Wade into the Mediterranean Sea, collecting samples and observing marine organisms with scientists.
Technion – Tour Israel’s Institute of Technology, visiting the formula race car labs and meeting with students and professors.
Tzfat – Wind through the blue-painted alleys to discover this mystical city.
Dig into the ancient history of Israel and how it connects with the modern landscape as you overlook the holy city of Jerusalem, observing the ancient architecture alongside a modern city.
Yad Vashem and Mt. Hertzl – Learn about our Jewish history and some of Israel’s greatest leaders and innovators.
Old City of Jerusalem – Experience history, spirituality, and modern times at the Kotel (Western Wall) and Robinson’s Arch.
Archaeology – Excavate caves dug at the time of the 2nd Temple and then head to the lab to draw models and catalogue ancient artifacts.
Get off the grid as you trek into the desert to learn about how Israeli pioneers and innovators turned a barren land into a thriving hub of farmland and renewable energy.
Lotan – Get your hands dirty mixing compost, and building sustainable domes and arches out of mud bricks
Snorkeling – Dive into the Red Sea and observe its colorful diversity of fish, coral, and seaweeds.
Mitzpe Ramon – Stand along the top of this unique geological formation known as the Machtesh and hear the story of heroic astronaut Ilan Ramon.
Sde Boker – Visit Ben Gurion’s home in the Negev as you watch his vision for scientific innovation in the desert come to life.
SodaStream – Tate new flavors as you walk along the factory floor of one of the largest beverage companies in the world.
Explore Israel’s Silicon Wadi (valley) and meet with researchers and entrepreneurs whose work has given Israel the title of Start-Up Nation.
Start-Up Nation Scavenger Hunt – Split up into teams and discover the city through the eyes of startup companies.
Weizmann Institute – Hear from a PhD scientist who is developing 3D models of proteins and tour her labs.
Save a Child’s Heart – Play with kids who have flown to Israel for life saving heart surgery and learn from the doctors and team who work hard to make it happen.
Independence Hall – Visit the place where it all began and learn about the drama that ensued before the declaration, which took place right here in Tel Aviv.
We are working with our partners in Israel to create an exciting and engaging experience for our teens. The itinerary above is subject to change and a final itinerary will be confirmed and posted in the Spring for our families. Our experienced partners on the ground in Israel are experts in both Jewish and Israel education, creating a meaningful and rich Jewish experience, where teens will arrive home with an increased sense of connection to and pride for the land and people of Israel and its story as a global innovator.