Youth group members on Israel tours this year will have an additional item on their itinerary — a visit to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.
The idea originated from Weizmann UK as part of its educational drive and has been taken up by UJIA, which organises the Israel trips, and the youth movements themselves.
Bnei Akiva, FZY, JLGB, BBYO,Tribe and RSY-Netzer are among the organisations which have committed to visits and well over 1,000 students are expected this summer.
They will view the Clore Garden of Science and the new and interactive visitor centre. It is further hoped that some groups will have the opportunity to meet scientists and go on tours of the Weizmann laboratories to gain an appreciation of the institute’s world renowned research.
UJIA short-term programme co-ordinator Ilan Scorah said that UJIA Israel Experience was “extremely excited by the addition” which would enlighten participants about “Israel’s advances in technology and medicine. It is a fantastic example of collaboration within the community and we hope the relationship will continue for many years to come.”
Weizmann UK executive director Sheridan Gould said the movements had shown great enthusiasm for the idea “and we look forward to hearing from them on their return”.