Welcome in Shabbat in the Golan Heights, relaxing, making new friends and learning about how our experiences with science and technology connect with stories and teachings of the Torah.
Next, off to Haifa, the group will work with entrepreneurs learn about and develop ideas and products that create technological solutions to social problems. Through this experience you will begin to understand how our people arrived in Israel and became innovators, as they had to address many new challenges. During a visit to the world famous Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, the group will visit labs and meet with students and professors to discuss their research in science, engineering and related fields. This will be the first of many opportunities to engage in Mifgash, combined learning and relationship building with peers in Israel. As the oldest university in the country, established 35 years prior to creation of the State of Israel, the Technion exhibits long standing commitment to the study and innovation of science and technology.
Experience diversity in Israel, a country made up of many faiths, with a visit to the Bahai Gardens, where we will learn about how different faiths connect with and value biodiversity and the environment.
We then take a trip to the Negev, to learn about how Israeli innovators have turned the desert into thriving farmland and a hub of renewable energy. Ride a camel and feast with Bedouin hospitality, while learning about green energy in the desert. Follow in the footsteps of the Zealots running from the Romans after the destruction of the second Temple, as the fled to the mountain fortress of Masada. Ascend Masada for an unforgettable sunrise, before heading down to float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea and learn about how increased temperatures in the region are causing the sea to shrink and brainstorm what Israel can do to protect it. Discover the minerals that compose the famous black mud of the Dead Sea on a visit to the mineral factory, and test their use in many skincare products.
During a visit to the Arava Valley and Desert, the group will learn about how researchers and technicians from different cultures use science and technology to build bridges and make the desert bloom. We will visit a solar farm and observe the vast potential for solar and other renewable energy in the desert. We’ll hike the Ramon Crater, one of the greatest geological landforms in the world, and examine its diverse geological and biological features, having a personal look about how this wonder of nature formed millions of years ago.
Finishing up our journey, we will travel back up north to Tel Aviv, the place where “Start Up Nation” was born. Visit Independence Hall and start up companies on Rothschild Boulevard and experience hi-tech entrepreneurship, collaboration, and innovation. Take a break from learning and working with expert innovators with a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Tel Aviv. Learn how we, as scientists, innovators and Reform Jews, can carry on the legacy of our ancestors whose vision for the State of Israel led to the booming hub of innovation that exists there today.
As a Reform, Jewish community, we are often reminded of the importance of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. As scientists and innovators, we can use what we have learned throughout our adventure to live by these words. On our final day, the group will work with experts from Tikkun Olam Makers to identify challenges and brainstorm technology to make the world a better place.
Other experiences in the works:
- Archaeological sites, dig, and the science of making the old new!
- Military tech and an Israel Defense Force (IDF) Armored car vehicle production plant
- Social Innovations Lab, using technology to improve the lives of people with disabilities
- Biomedical, and physics labs across the country
- Innovation Learning Centers in Haifa and 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.