Financial Assistance

NFTY in Israel has operated outstanding summer and semester programs in Israel for over 60 years.

Throughout, NFTY in Israel has earned a well-deserved reputation for aspiring to provide the highest standard of health, safety and security in all its youth travel programs. Over six decades, we have always placed the welfare of young people entrusted to our care above all other considerations and are highly responsive to ever-changing needs and conditions.

*Please note, the physical and emotional health of the teens is our top priority. As such, we are already working with the Israel Ministry of Health and the URJ Summer Programs COVID-19 medical team to determine the policies and procedures we will be putting in place for our upcoming season. We will be updating you about our COVID-19 related policies and procedures as more information becomes available and as the summer gets closer.

Financial Assistance

NFTY in Israel believes the opportunity to travel to Israel is one that cannot be missed. Many organizations support our mission of sending teens to Israel for a fun, educational and meaningful journey. To help offset the cost of a summer on NFTY in Israel, local communities, such as synagogues and federations, provide scholarship and financial aid to families. While NFTY on a North American level does not have scholarship dollars available, we have listed sources of funding:

  • Local synagogue
  • Local Jewish community federation or Bureau of Jewish Education. Virtually every federation has an Israel Programs Coordinator and Scholarship Fund. See below for full list.
  • JNF Plant Your Way helps you raise money by having friends and family plant trees for forestry projects in Israel. Contact the Jewish National Fund for more information.

available federation scholarships

Most local Jewish Federation offices offer financial aid for teen Israel travel. If you don’t see your area below, try to find your Federation here!

East coast

Connecticut

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven – The Israel Scholarship program is open to high school students who live in the Greater New Haven are.

United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford – The Rabbi Alex J. Goldman Memorial Essay Contest is available for sophomores, juniors and seniors who reside in Stamford, New Canaan or Darien. First prize wins $1,000.

Delaware

Jewish Federation of Delaware – The GRATZ High School Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Fund for the Future is awarded to high school students who are attending a summer Israel program.

Maryland

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore CJE administers the Community Fund for Israel Experiences (CFIE) on behalf of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. The goal of this grant is to help as many students as possible travel to Israel to include Israel as part of their Jewish identities.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington – Israel Quest offers up to $1,850 to high school students who reside in the Great Washington area.

Massachusetts

Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater BostonCJP is pleased to support teens in the Greater Boston area with Israel Teen Travel Scholarships.

New Jersey

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey – Grants up to $1,000 are available for all high school students in the Greater MetroWest community.

Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey – Grants up to $1,000 are available for high school students who reside in Middlesex and Monmouth County.

Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties – Scholarship is available for high school students visiting Israel for the first time with a recognized youth program.

New York

Jewish Federation of Central New YorkThe 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.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County – The Israel Experience Scholarship Fun offers partial scholarship for Jewish teens residing in Orange County.

Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York – Scholarship is available for teens wanting to participate on summer program to Israel.

Jewish Federation of Ulster County – Scholarship for summer programs in Israel is available for teens age 16-18.

UJA-Federation of New York – Israel Experience Center at UJA-Federation provides scholarship to teens in New York, Westchester, and Long Island participating in a summer Israel program. Eligible families who are registered for NFTY in Israel will find the application in their NFTY in Israel Online Account during the scholarship application period (typically December through January).

Pennsylvania

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia – Israel Program Scholarship Aid Fund offers scholarship for teens from the five-county Greater Philadelphia area who wish to travel to Israel.

Greater Altoona Jewish Federation – Jewish Y.E.S. provides needs based scholarships up to $2,500 for teens wishing to participate in an Israel program.

Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster – JCAL helps students attend a summer trip to Israel.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh – Offers both need-based and non-need based scholarships up to $1,750 to send teens to Israel.

Jewish Federation of Reading – High school students who participate in NFTY in Israel can apply for an award up to $250 toward the cost of registration.

Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley – Scholarship is awarded for teens in 9-12 grade who reside in the Lehigh Valley area who wish to travel on an Israel program.

Rhode Island

Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island – The Jewish Alliance offers grants and needs-based scholarships for trips to Israel.

Virginia

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington – Israel Quest program provides up to $1,850 for participants from the Greater Washington area.

Washington D.C.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington – Israel Quest program provides up to $1,850 for participants from the Greater Washington area.

midwest

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south

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west coast

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This summer we look forward to welcoming hundreds of teens to Israel on our programs and to providing them with a wonderful summer adventure full of fun, friendship and personal discovery.

 

This summer in Jerusalem!

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