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 both short-term organized teen trips (first-time, grades 8-12) and 5-12 month Masa Israel-approved programs for young adults ages 18-26.

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.
  • Priority given to applicants must live in the Federation's service area (Sonoma and Marin Counties, San Francisco and the Peninsula from Mountain View north). 
  • 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 to 26.
  • Applicants must live in the Federation's service area.
  • Scholarships are intented for students who are Jewish.
  • Scholarship funds are to be used strictly for program fees.
  • Applicants must be participating in a Masa Israel program.

How to apply 

For 2019 spring break trips, applications are due by December 15, 2018.
For 2019 summer trips, applications are due by March 15, 2019.
For 2019-2020 gap or academic year programs, applications are due by May 1, 2019.

You can apply here.

Some eligible Israel trips (not inclusive of all programs):

Scholarship award process

All application data is kept strictly confidential and reviewed without any identifying information (anonymously) by the Federation’s Scholarship Committee, 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.

Gift of Israel Savings Plan (Now Israel within Reach)

For families with Gift of Israel savings accounts, we encourage you to request a refund and take advantage of our new program, Israel within Reach. Visit the Israel within Reach webpage for more information. Questions can be addressed to Danit Trau.

For more information:


Scholarship funds are provided by generous grants from the Stephanie Praszker Memorial Fund and other funds administered by the Jewish Community Federation.