10th Summer Celebration

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Join us in celebrating the

10th Summer of Sci-Tech!!

Saturday, July 29th 2023 • 9 am ET – 3 pm ET

Noble Gas Sponsorships include event tickets! Click button or scroll down for more information.

Certain levels of donations are eligible for customizable Sci-Tech Judaica, made by Medwin Fiber Art. Click button or scroll down for more information.

The first summer of Sci-Tech was in 2014! Since then, camp has grown and matured into a premier and enduring institution. This summer, we will gather to celebrate our accomplishments, to honor those who have helped us to get here, and to feel the embrace of our warm and welcoming community. With your support, we can continue to grow and support the Sci-Tech community for decades to come.

We are grateful to our generous sponsors!

Lasdon Family Foundation
Scholarship Fund

The Metsch Family Robotics Workshop

Abigail S. Fisher
Jim Heeger & Daryl Messinger
Roberta Franco Glick
Brown & Brown Insurance
Rabbi Matt and Sharon Cutler
The Raney Family
Nancy & Ed Paikoff
Beth El Temple Center, Belmont, MA
Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman, Larchmont Temple
The Barron Family
Eric Freedman
Jb and Evan Mallah
Paul Reichenbach & Cathy Goodfriend
Mark and Tracy Salmanson
Ms. Emilie L. Kaplan and Dr. Alan D. Kaplan
Rabbi Joel and Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Ellen P. Fisher
Blair and Joseph Marks
Sam Kazer, in honor of Estelle

We are thankful for our amazing honorees:

The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) works with over 180 Jewish summer camps and serves as an advocate and resource for nonprofit Jewish camp professionals throughout the world.

FJC’s mission: To lead the Jewish camp field to adapt its successful, immersive learning experience to a rapidly changing world.

Abigail Fisher, Founding Council Chair

Abigail Fisher is the founding chair of the Advisory Council of URJ 6 Points Sci-tech Academy. Abby graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in Biology and a minor in religion.  She received her PhD in cell biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  After her post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Blood Research at Harvard Medical School, Abby worked in research and development for several years before leaving full-time the paid workforce to focus on her family and her other interests.  Abby’s work resulted in published papers, several poster presentations, and a US patent. Abby received a Master’s in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in 2010.  In addition to her work with Sci-tech, Abby served for 15 years on the board of Women of Reform Judaism, including as VP of Marketing, Communication and Advocacy and as VP of Philanthropy.  Abby is a co-chair of the Religious Action Center (RAC) MA state project and serves on the New Israel Fund New England Regional Council. Abby enjoys playing the bassoon, singing, bicycling, and playing golf.  She is the a past president of Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, MA where she resides with her husband, her dogs, and, when they are home, her two children.

Greg Kellner, Founding Director

Most recently, Greg was the Director of Camp Nai Nai Nai, Moishe House’s summer camp for Jewish adults. Prior to joining Moishe House, Greg was an Assistant Director with URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, and then Founding Director of URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy. Greg also served as the Executive Director of a synagogue in Denver. Greg grew up on Long Island and now lives in White Plains, NY with his wife Ali and daughter Livi.

The Governor’s Academy is the oldest boarding school in New England, located north of Boston, and draws bright, bold students in grades nine through twelve from all over the world into an open and optimistic learning community. URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy has leased this space for 10 summers and considers the “Govs” community a true partner and friend to our program.

Paul Reichenbach, Former URJ Director of Camping & Israel Programs

Paul Reichenbach had a wonder journey of forty four years supervising the youth programs of the URJ. He served as the Co-Director in the 70’s and 80’s of the NFTY Teen Leadership Camp (Kutz) in Warwick, NY. In 1978 he began directing the NFTY programs in Israel enabling  more than 30,000 teens and young adults to have an inspiring summer or semester adventure. During the last seventeen years of his career (2002-2019), he had the honor to supervise all of the URJ camps across North America. During his tenure, the URJ camp system grew from twelve to eighteen camps at its peak. The creation of the Six Points specialty camps (Sci Tech, Sports and Art), with support from the Foundation for Jewish Camp and generous donors, expanded the diversity of URJ camps making it possible for many more young people to have a fulfilling summer of friendship, fun creativity and a joyful Judaism.

More information about the event:

How much are tickets?

General admission tickets are $180, and include entry to the 10th summer celebration and luncheon.

Tickets for those under 35 years of age are only $90, thanks to the generosity of the Barron family.

What are the sponsorship levels?

Check out our Naming Opportunities!!

Krypton Sponsorship $1,000.00
includes up to 2 tickets to the 10th summer celebration & luncheon, plus a quarter-screen ad.

Argon Sponsorship $1,800.00
includes up to 2 tickets to the 10th summer celebration & luncheon, plus a half-screen ad.

Neon Sponsorship $3,600.00
includes up to 4 tickets to the 10th summer celebration & luncheon, plus 1 full-screen ad.

Helium Sponsorship $5,400.00
includes up to 4 tickets to the 10th summer celebration & luncheon, 2 full-screen ads, and a custom Sci-Tech Challah cover made to order by Medwin Fiber Art (Rabbi Dan’s Parents).

How much are ads?

Ads will be rotating on screen during the duration of the celebration and will be publicized to the community after the event.

Full-Screen ad $360.00

Half-Screen ad $180.00

Quarter-Screen ad $90.00

All text and/or graphics need to be submitted to scitech10@urj.org by July 15th.

What donation thank you gifts are available?

As a thank you for your donation, we have partnered with Medwin Fiber Art (run by Rabbi Dan’s parents) to provide the following customizable thank you gifts.

Sci-Tech Mezuzah Donation of $500 or more
You select your the color of the mezuzah:

Customizable Sci-Tech Challah Cover Donation of $1000 or more
You select the color of the challah cover and the embroidered name:

Customizable Sci-Tech Tallit Donation of $1800 or more
You select the color of the panel, the size, and the name on the Tallit bag:

Special thanks to Steve and Michele Medwin from Medwin Fiber Art for donating their time to create these beautiful judaica items.

Will I be able to visit with my camper?

We are so glad you’re planning to join us for the event, but for the safety and security of our campers and staff, attendees will not have the opportunity to interact with campers.

Where and when is the celebration?

The celebration is from 9 am – 3pm on the Governor’s Academy Campus, 1 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922. It will include services, a luncheon, campus tours, a song session, a special “Boker” Big Bang, and more!

Is there housing onsite?

Unfortunately, there is no onsite housing available for attendees. There are a variety of wonderful hotels and accommodations in the surrounding area. For specific assistance, please email scitech10@urj.org.

Are there other payment options?

Yes, we can accept most forms of payment. Please be in touch with Shaina Sugar who is happy to discuss further.

What is the dress code for the event in Byfield?

Camp Casual! 6 Points Sci-Tech gear encouraged and t-shirts with science jokes/puns are a bonus! Please check the weather and dress accordingly.

Alumni Matching Gift Opportunity

In an effort to raise $5,000 to name the Tech Talks after you, Sci-Tech’s first decade of alumni, alumni staff and campers receive 50% off all ads using code: HALFOFFALUMNI The purchase of ad dedications will be used towards the match. Please read a message from Pioneer Staff Member, Sam Kazer:

In honor of my grandmother Estelle, I am excited to share that I will be matching all donations toward the 10th Summer Celebration from Sci-Tech staff and camper alumni 1:1. By meeting a goal of $10,000 ($5,000 raised + $5,000 matched), we can officially name Tech Talks after the first decade of Sci-Tech alumni and show future generations of campers just how much our community continues to impact our lives.

This gift has been made possible by the sale of Kazer family property that once housed its own Jewish summer camp. Estelle Kazer owned and operated a co-ed Jewish Summer camp in Kinderhook, NY, from 1959-1976 called Camp Orinsekwa. While Orinsekwa was more-or-less a “traditional” Jewish summer camp, its legacy can be seen through its network of campers and staff who have maintained relationships over 50 years. I know that Sci-Tech has already empowered current campers and staff, and us alumni, to similarly connect and reconnect with each other and our Judaism. It is truly amazing to see how far we have come in the last 10 years, and I can’t begin to imagine how big our community and impact on the world will be in another 50!

Have another question? We LOVE questions! Please reach out to scitech10@urj.org.