• 7 Decades of Innovation in Israel: Science and Technology Partnerships


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    On my most recent visit to Israel – in preparation for this summer’s URJ Sci-Tech Israel program – I noticed the presence of U.S. companies. Throughout Israel’s “Silicon Wadi,” the counterpart to our Silicon Valley, are research and development facilities for Google, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and others, intermixed with a vast array of Israeli start-ups, including Mobile-Eye, Orcam, StoreDot, and others. The foundations for many of these research collaborations were establish during Israel’s third decade.


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  • Yom Hashoah: Remembering Nicholas Winton


    In honor of Yom Hashoah, we wanted to share this powerful video created by Sci-Tech Camper Jonathan Tamen. Jonathan's video tells the story of Nicholas Winton, a British humanitarian who saved 699 children from Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. We are so inspired by and proud of Jonathan's beautiful and moving work.


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  • Passover Seder Materials


    Campify your seder table!


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  • Summer Camp and Medical School: Overlapping Skills

    It’s another morning, and I’m up before the sun rises. I gently wake up each of the folks I’m taking care of, checking in on them. How are they feeling? How did they sleep? I meet with my co-workers to go over our plan for the day – whom we might need to spend some extra time with, who had a rough day yesterday and needs support, who requires a special meal and who might need some time alone.


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  • 7 Decades of Innovation in Israel: Computers and Software Technologies

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    Today, Israel is known worldwide as a leader in science and the hi-tech industry. During its second decade (1958-1968), the still-young nation laid the groundwork that eventually would enable its advanced institutions and hi-tech companies to flourish, creating a global center for innovation.


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  • What Science Means to Me

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    Sci-Tech Camper, Samantha writes a poem about what science is to her. "Science is​ ​camp. Science​ ​is​ ​the​ ​sound​ ​of​ ​summer"


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  • Why everyday should be “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”

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    By encouraging girls of all ages to become engineers and designers we as a camp community help them discover the power they have to make a difference. Combine this with female counselors and instructors who already show a dedication to STEM and you have a recipe for inspiration.


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  • Pi Day 2018: Celebrating Every Slice of Camp


    Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (Pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day /date format) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. In celebration of the month leading up to Pi Day, take a look at the many slices that make up the Sci-Tech Pi(e).


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  • 7 Decades of Innovation in Israel: The Pioneer Years

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    Water is essential to human life and Israel is more than 60% desert. During the years the State of Israel was being established, pioneers faced the challenge of creating a self-sufficient society in an environment without easy access to food or water. The answer? Innovation.


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  • Women Facing West: Standing up to Gender Discrimination at the Western Wall


    One of the core values that was seamlessly incorporated into the Sci-Tech Israel program that helped to inspire the creation of Women Facing West was kesher, or connection. Further deepening my connection to Judaism by visiting Israel, as well as maintaining my connection to my Jewish community in California, I have been able to shed light on this extremely controversial subject within my own community, and will hopefully bring about change to the archaic Orthodox traditions that prevent women from praying freely at the Western Wall.


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