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.
2021 Trip Details
|June 30 - July 21||Full - $7,575|
With RootOne Voucher - $4,575
|May 1, 2021|
Explore Israel as a living laboratory where science and technology meet the Jewish past, present, and future. Gain an understanding of the history of how our people came to Israel as merchants, craftspeople and traders, and became entrepreneurs, researchers, and inventors.
Observe, Question, Invent
From Haifa, to Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem learn from innovators at Israel’s hottest start-ups and research institutions. Hypothesize about how Israel’s history impacts its current role as a global innovator in science and technology. Engage in an interactive learning environment that incorporates Jewish values and history.
Dive into Israel's Ecosystem
Float in the Dead Sea, examine marine organisms in the Mediterranean, and snorkel in the Red Sea. Hike through the lush greenery of the North and barren canyons of the Negev. Star gaze in the vast desert sky and overlook the geological phenomenon of Mitzpe Ramon.
Build a Community
Take an epic journey with new friends from across North America. Welcome 5 Israeli teens into your group for 5 days. Learn with other Jewish teens who are interested in engineering, chemistry, medicine, robotics, and so much more.
Learn how to make ice cream and become expert tasters at a shop owned by a Alaa Sweetat, a Muslim, and Adam Ziv, a Jew. Play with your food in a food science workshop at Machane Yehudah. Fill your stomachs with fresh hummus, schnitzel, falafel, and shawarma.
“Sci-Tech Israel provided a variety of activities that showed off the many faces of Israel” - Summer 2019 participant
Begin your journey in the north, exploring the diverse ecosystem, resources, and communities of the Golan and Galilee.
HIGHLIGHTS: 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.
HIGHLIGHTS: 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.
Jewish Federation Scholarship by State
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven - The Israel Scholarship program is open to high school students who live in the Greater New Haven are.
United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford - The Rabbi Alex J. Goldman Memorial Essay Contest is available for sophomores, juniors and seniors who reside in Stamford, New Canaan or Darien. First prize wins $1,000.
Jewish Federation of Delaware - The GRATZ High School Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Fund for the Future is awarded to high school students who are attending a summer Israel program.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston - In partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, CJP offers scholarship for Israel travel programs that last a minimum of 12 days.
Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford - Grants for travel to Israel made possible by the Harvey Friedland Israel Youth Experience Memorial Fund and the Evelyn Rosen Youth Israel Travel Fund are available to Jewish teens residing in the Greater New Bedford area.
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey - Grants up to $1,000 are available for all high school students in the Greater MetroWest community.
Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey - Grants up to $1,000 are available for high school students who reside in Middlesex and Monmouth County.
Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties - Scholarship is available for high school students visiting Israel for the first time with a recognized youth program.
Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey - Scholarship is available teens in grades 9-12 to attend an organized teen Israel experience for three weeks or more.
Jewish Federation of Central New York - The Israel Experience Grant offers scholarship for high school students who have not participated on an organized trip to Israel.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County - The Israel Experience Scholarship Fun offers partial scholarship for Jewish teens residing in Orange County.
Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York - Scholarship is available for teens wanting to participate on summer program to Israel.
Jewish Federation of Ulster County - Scholarship for summer programs in Israel is available for teens age 16-18.
UJA-Federation of New York - Israel Experience Center at UJA-Federation provides scholarship to teens in New York, Westchester, and Long Island participating in a summer Israel program. Eligible families who are registered for NFTY in Israel will find the application in their NFTY in Israel Online Account during the scholarship application period (typically December through January).
Other Financial Assistance Options
A Look Inside Sci-Tech Israel
Check out this teen-made video by 2018 Sci-Tech Israel participant, Morgan Gitlitz!