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.
2019 Trip Details
|Tentative Dates||June 26 - July 17|
|Early Bird Registration
|Early Bird Registration Deadline
Final Registration Deadline
|January 3, 2019
May 1, 2019
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 2018 participant
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.
6 Points Sci-Tech is committed to creating experiences that are as accessible as possible, and to working with our families and partners to make them a reality. We strongly encourage each participant to seek as many sources of support as possible, and to reach out to our office with any questions.
- Most local Jewish Federation offices offer financial aid for teen Israel travel. Take a look at some of the options below, and find your Federation here!
New York metropolitan area (New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties) participants may seek Israel Experience Scholarships from the UJA-Federation of New York. Sci-Tech Israel is funded by the UJA Federation of NY and significant scholarships of $1000 or more may be available for those who apply. 6 Points Sci-Tech manages the application for this scholarship on behalf of UJA-Federation, and will send an invitation to apply for scholarship to families already registered for the program during scholarship’s application period.
- Through the Jewish National Fund’s Plant Your Way to Israel program you can raise money by asking friends and family to plant trees. You can personalize your PYW webpage with photos and information about your trip, forward a link to family and friends so they can donate online, and watch your fundraising thermometer grow as you reach your goal.
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest New Jersey’s Passport to Israel provides scholarships of up to $1,000 for teen Israel travel.
- The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey offers up to $1,000 in Israel scholarships to participants from Middlesex and Monmouth counties.
- The Boston Combined Jewish Philanthropies Israel Teen Travel Grant program offers grants and additional need-based scholarship for teens from the greater Boston area.
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Israel Quest program provides funding for participants from the greater Washington, DC area.
- The Jewish Community Foundation in Northern California has funding available for participants from Sonoma and Marin counties, San Francisco, and the Peninsula from Mountain View north.
- The Jewish Federation of the East Bay in Northern California has significant funds available for participants from Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, or Solano counties.
- The Jewish United Fund of Chicago offers need-based scholarships for Israel travel for teens coming from the Chicago Metropolitan area.
- The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Israel Travel Grants offer grants of up to $6,500 for teens from the Cincinnati area.
- The Minneapolis Jewish Federation offers a variety of Israel travel scholarships for teens and young adults.
- The Jewish Education Center of Greater Cleveland offers both need-based financial assistance as well as a matching Saving for Israel
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston offers Israel Travel Scholarships for organized summer trips.
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas offers need-based Israel travel scholarships.
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles offers grants of up to $500 through their POST Partnership Grant for participants traveling to Israel for the first time on a group trip.
- The Jewish Federation of San Diego’s My Israel Journey – Teen Subsidy Program offers up to $1,750 for teens from San Diego County.
Join our informational webinar on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30pm EST. At the time of webinar, click the button below to join.