Federation Grants for Israel Travel


The Jewish Federation of Central New York places a high value on first-hand experience of Israel, and provides funds to assist qualifying students to participate in summer trips there. Currently, there are two programs, with plans to increase funding in the near future.

Israel Experience 2020 grants, funded by the Helan Millstein estate, provide subventions to high school students who reside in Central New York and whose families have made a pledge to Federation’s Campaign 2020. Students must be completing or have completed the 10th grade of a Jewish educational program, through the Rabbi Epstein School of Jewish Studies, or a synagogue religious school or confirmation class and must register for an organized Jewish youth trip run by a recognized Jewish organization. This must be the first time the student has participated in such a trip.  Grant-winners will share their experiences in an article for the Jewish Observer

The Federation’s Isaiah & Rosalind Wolfson Scholarships provide stipends for students with financial need, preferably travelling to Israel for the first time.  Applicants must submit a written statement detailing why they wish to go to Israel, how they will benefit from the trip, and how the trip can help the Central New York Jewish community. They must detail the costs of their trip and their plan for paying for it. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or rabbi is also required.

Letters of application for either or both grants should be emailed to bdavis@jewishfederationcny.org  no later than 4 pm on April 17. A personal interview may be required.