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.
2020 Trip Details
|June 24 - July 15||Early Bird - $7,250
Full - $7,650
|Early Bird - January 2, 2020
Final - May 1, 2020
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.
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 the East Bay - Scholarship is available for high school students who reside in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, or Solano Counties.
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles - The POST Partnership Grant offers up to $500 for participants traveling to Israel for the first time on a group trip.
Jewish Federation of San Diego County - My Israel Journey Teen Subsidy Program offers up to $1,750 for teens from San Diego County.
Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County - JFFS offers need and merit-based educational grants for high schools traveling on an Israel program.
Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley - Scholarship applications are accepted year-round for 9-12 graders affiliated with NFTY who wish to travel to Israel.
The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region - The Jewish Federation provides up to $500 towards an approved organized trip to high school students.
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 St. Paul - St. Paul Israel Experience Scholarship offers scholarships for teens living in St. Paul who are participating on an approved Israel experience program.
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 Cincinnati - Offers up to $6,500 for teens aged 16-18 who currently reside in Cincinnati.
Jewish Federation of Columbus - Israel Experience grants are for recipients of at least 14 years of age who became bar/bat mitzvah in Columbus, Ohio. Teens participating on a 4+ week high school trips can receive up to $2,000.
Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton - Dayton area Jewish teens are eligible to apply for the Wolfe Marcus Trust Youth Travel to Israel Scholarship.
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston - Offers need-based scholarship for a summer trip to Israel for Houston residents in 10-12 grade.
Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso - Offers finaincial aid for families who wish to send their teen on an Israel experience.
Other Financial Assistance Options
Check out this teen-made video by 2018 Sci-Tech Israel participant, Morgan Gitlitz!