Israel Experiences for Teens and Young Adults

Strengthening Jewish identity and personal connection to Jewish history and culture 

Recognizing the impact of Israel travel/experiences, the Federation provides need-based scholarships for short-term organized trips.

For individuals and families living in San Francisco, the Peninsula (from Mountain View north), Marin and Sonoma Counties

Scholarship Requirements for Teen Trips

  • Teens in grades 8–12 participating in their first organized teen trip to Israel may apply. Applicants may have previously traveled to Israel with family or with a community/synagogue tour, but NOT an organized teen trip.
  • Children must be Jewish (as identified by their families).
  • Scholarships will support up to four weeks of a first-time teen trip to Israel.
  • Scholarship funds are to be used strictly for program fees and travel.

Scholarship Requirements for Post-High School Trips

  • Young adults must be ages 18–26.
  • Scholarships are intended for students who are Jewish.
  • Scholarship funds are to be used strictly for program fees.
  • Applicants must be participating in a Masa Israel Journey program.

For individuals and families living in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano Counties

Scholarship Requirements for Teen Trips

  • Teens in grades 8–12 participating in an organized teen trip to Israel may apply.
  • Scholarships will support up to four weeks of a teen trip to Israel.
  • Scholarship funds are to be used strictly for program fees and travel.

Scholarship Requirements for Post-High School Trips

  • Young adults must be ages 18–40.
  • Scholarship funds are to be used strictly for program fees.
  • Applicants may participate in a Masa Israel Journey program, congregational trip, or other organized program.

How to apply

For 2020 spring break trips, applications are due by December 5, 2019.
For 2020 summer trips, applications are due by March 16, 2020.
For 2020-2021 gap or academic year programs, applications are due by May 1, 2020.

Apply here.

Some eligible teen Israel trips:

Scholarship award process

All application data is kept strictly confidential and reviewed without any identifying information (anonymously) by the Federation, which determines awards based on financial need. Award checks made out to the Israel trip provider will be sent to the families to forward to the provider.

Israel Within Reach (formerly Gift of Israel)

Families are also encouraged to apply for Israel Within Reach, which provides need-blind incentive grants to support first-time travel to Israel for young people ages 12–26 years old. For more information, visit Israel Within Reach webpage.

For more information:

 

Scholarship funds are provided with support from the Eisner Israel Scholarship Fund, the Goodman Family Israel High School and College Scholarship Fund, Henry and Amalie Schudmak Fund, Stephanie Praszker Memorial Fund, and other generous donors to the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

For more information, please contact:
Roxanne Cohen
Managing Director, Community Impact
415.512.6221