Testing the Waters: New Summer Teen Experiences

August 29, 2017

Source: UJA Federation – NY

There was something fishy about the Sci-Tech Israel program. Just ask Robert, a rising junior at a Westchester high school, who joined 28 other teens from the New York area and around the country for three weeks on this Israel adventure. The teens met Israeli science and technology experts while exploring the country from Sinai to Eilat and celebrating Shabbat. The teens also learned about marine biology and ecosystems when they visited the National Institute of Oceanography in Haifa on the coast of the Mediterranean.

But the interactive learning went far beyond the sea. The group met with a start-up in Jerusalem that is developing artificial vision into assistive technology for blind people. They got an up-close look at the chemistry behind ice cream when they visited an ice cream factory in the Galilee. And they learned how to measure ancient artifacts during an archeological dig outside of Jerusalem.

The Union for Reform Judaism Camp Sci-Tech Israel program is one of three Israel summer teen experiences supported by the New York Teen Initiative, by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation, and operated by The Jewish Education Project.

Next Step Israel, through NCSY, offered five-week summer internships to teens who wanted to explore different professions. And Roots Israel, through Alexander Muss High School in Israel and the Jewish National Fund, provided three-week community service projects for teens interested in environmentalism and social sustainability.

The New York Teen Initiative also offers three domestic summer experiences, including a Jewish teen internship program with older adults through DOROT and traveling food, farm, and fitness experiences through Eden Village and Camp Zeke.

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Updated: Sep. 13, 2017