General Resources

General Resources

BBYO provides needs-based scholarships to help ensure that Israel is accessible to all Jewish teens. Many Jewish Federations and other organizations also provide grant funds regardless of need. Explore the opportunities below.

Special Promotions

Summer Experiences

BBYO Member Discount

BBYO members automatically receive a $50 discount off summer teen travel programs. Join now!

Alumni Discount

If you traveled with BBYO Passport on a Summer Experience or on March of the Living, you're eligible for a $250 alumni discount. This discount can't be combined with other promotions.

Israel Family Journey

Early Registration Discount

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BBYO Scholarships

In keeping with our misison to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, BBYO has established a national scholarship for teen Israel travel. Funding is limited, so make sure to apply ahead of the noted deadlines.

March of the Living

Available for teens participating in BBYO's National Teen Delegation and BBYO-affiliated Community Delegations.
Deadline to apply: November 16, 2016

Summer Israel Scholarship

Available for teens participating in a summer Israel program other than ILSI.
Deadline to apply: February 28, 2017

Spitzer Fellowship for ILSI

For those teens taking part in ILSI, financial assistance is being made available through the Charlotte and Jack J. Spitzer Fellowship.
Deadline to apply: February 28, 2017

Regional Scholarships

Teens involved in BBYO can contact their Regional/Council Staff for scholarships available on the regional or chapter level. Funds may be available for summer Israel travel and March of the Living.

HOW TO APPLY

 After signing up, you will find the scholarship form in your registration account
 

$1000 - amount of the average BBYO scholarship
More than 75% of applicants receive funding
average household income is approximately $100,000 with a high range of $185,000

Help us share the experience of Israel with tomorrow's teens
by making a donation today to BBYO Passport.

Community Scholarships

Most communities offer teen Israel travel scholarships through their local Jewish Federation or through other Jewish educational agencies. In most cases, these community funds are available only for the teens in the areas that they serve. BBYO Passport programs in Israel meet the criteria to qualify for most of these scholarships. We have included a list of specific communities that offer such scholarships. If you do not find your hometown in the list below, check out the National Federation Directory.

Due to the nature of changes in funding and resources, we do not guarantee accuracy of the information provided nor guarantee eligibility as almost all sources are independently managed and have no connection to BBYO Passport.

Birmingham
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First come/first serve need-based and must live in Birmingham
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sally Friedman
Phone: 205.879.0416
Email: sallyf@bjf.org

Phoenix
Award Name: The Harold and Jean Grossman Israel Experience Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: First-come/first-serve
Amount: Up to $1,000

Award Name: La-Aretz Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Shahar Edry
Phone: 480.483.7121 x1109
Email: israelcenter@jewishphoenix.org

Southern Arizona
Award Name: Goldman Family Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple, through a sponsor
Amount: $2,500

Contact: Allie London
Phone: 520.577.0388
Email: grants@jcftucson.org

East Bay
Award Name: Israel Trips Financial Aid
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Alison Stein
Phone: 510.809.4911
Email: alison@jfed.org

Los Angeles
Award Name: Israel Experience Grants
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies

Contact: Rebecca Weiner
Phone: 323.761.8233
Email: rweiner@jewishla.org

Orange County
Award Name: Passport to Jewish Life®
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Kathleen Mellon
Email: Passport@JFFS.org

San Francisco Area
Award Name: One Happy Camper Scholarship Grant
Trip Location: U.S. Based Travel Only
Amount: Up to $1,000

Award Name: Israel Experiences
Qualifying Type: First Organized Israel Trip
Amount: Varies

Contact: Lisa Pavlovsky
Phone: 415.512.6217 
Email: lisap@sfjcf.org

San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, California
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: $500

Contact: Jason Moss
Phone: 626.445.0810
Email: jmoss@jewishsgpv.org

Denver
Award Name: Teen/Young Adult Israel Travel Subsidy
Qualifying Type: Subsidy, First Come First Serve
Amount: Varies

Contact: Debi Crawley
Phone: 303.321.3399
Email: dcrawley@JEWISHcolorado.org

New Haven
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Needs-based, must reside within Greater New Haven catchment
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sydney Perry
Phone: 203.387.2424 x302
Email: sperry@jewishnewhaven.org

Delaware
Award Name: Gilbert J. Spiegel Memorial Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple (leadership)
Amount: $250

Award Name: Isadore and Ruth Reitzes Jewish Education Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: $500

Award Name: Jerusalem Study Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: $500

Contact: Gina Kozicki
Phone: 302.427.2100 x820
Email: scholarships@shalomdel.org

Washington, DC
Award Name: Israel Quest Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Marla Hurwitz
Phone: 301.230.7200
Email: IsraelQuest@shalomdc.org

Central Florida
Award Name: The Ronald Colman Israel Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies
Deadline: March 4, 2015

Contact: Lisa Sholk
Phone: 407.645.5933 x233
Email: lsholk@jfgo.org

Jacksonville
Award Name: Joan Levin Gift of Israel Program
Qualifying Type: One-time gift for applicants ages 16-22 if Bar/Bat Mitzvah took place in Jacksonville
Amount: $700

Contact: Jill Abel
Phone: 904.448.5000 x200
Email: jilla@jewishjacksonville.org

Miami
Award Name: Israel Programs Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need Based
Amount: Varies

Phone: 786.866.8431
Email: IsraelOverseas@JewishMiami.org

Award Name: Overnight Jewish Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need Based, Ages 8-17, must live in Miami-Dade County
Amount: Varies
Contact: Inbar Cohen
Email: icohen@gmjf.org

Palm Beach County
Award Name: Gift of Israel
Qualifying Type: Merit
Amount: $600

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: $1,500

PLEASE NOTE: Boynton Beach North-Marin County residents only (Del Ray and Boca Raton are not eligible)

Contact: Melissa Arden
Phone: 561.242.6654
Email: Melissa.Arden@jewishpalmbeach.org

Augusta
Award Name: The Annette Barton Fund
Qualifying Type: Non-Need Based, Non-BBYO Members
Amount: Up to $500

Contact: Leah Ronen
Phone: 706.228.3636
Email: augustafed1@knology.net

Chicago
Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Up to $2,500

Contact: Mandy Weiss
Phone: 312.444.2895
Email: israelexperience@juf.org

Indianapolis
Award Name: Joe & Sylvia Rothbard Family Israel Youth Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Award Name: Israel Youth Experience
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: $1,000

Contact: Inna Kolesnikova
Phone: 317.726.5450
Email: IsraelScholarship@JFGI.org

Kansas City
Award Name: Guardian Foundation Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Alan Edelman
Phone: 913.327.8104
Email: Alane@jewishkc.org

Wichita
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple, family must live in South/Central Kansas and participate in annual campaign
Amount: Up to $1,500

Contact: Sandy Diel
Phone: 316.686.4741
Email: sdiel@mkjf.org

Lexington
Award Name: Scholarships for Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: First-Come/First Serve basis
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Judy Wortman
Phone: 859.268.0672
Email: jfb@jewishlexington.org

Louisville
Award Name: Louisville March of the Living Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit Based
Amount: Up to $3,000

Award Name: Israel Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Up to $3,000

Contact: Mike Steklof
Phone: 502.238.2774
Email: msteklof@jewishlouisville.org

New Orleans
Award Name: Gift of Israel
Qualifying Type: Matching Savings Programs
Amount: Varies

Contact: Mary Lillich
Phone: 504.780.5600
Email: giftofIsrael@jewishnola.com

North Louisiana
Award Name: Jewish Youth Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-base
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Susan Gross
Phone: 318-868-1200
Email: sgross@JewishNLA.org

Baltimore
Award Name: Community Fund for Israel Experiences Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Reena Roshgadol
Phone: 410.735.5024
Email: CFIE@cjebaltimore.org

Attleboro
Award Name: Israel Study Travel Grands and Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Multiple, Only available to Greater Rhode Island area
Amount: Up to $1,500

Contact: Jana Brenman
Phone: 401.421.4111 x181
Email: jbrenman@jewishallianceri.org

Berkshire County
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First-come/first-serve
Amount: Up to $2,000

Contact: Dara Kaufman
Phone: 413.442.4360 x12
Email: Dara.Kaufman@verizon.net

Boston and North Shore
Award Name: Israel Teen Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, 4-week Israel program
Amount: $400

Award Name: Israel Teen Travel Financial Aid
Qualifying Type: Need-based, 4-week Israel program
Amount: up to $2,000

Contact: Stacey Gainey
Phone: 617.457.8694
Email: staceyg@cjp.org

Merrimack Valley
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: $250

Contact: Laurie Mindlin
Phone: 978.688.0466
Email: laurie@mvjf.org

New Bedford
Award Name: Harvey Friedland Israel Youth Experience Memorial Fund & Evelyn Rosen Youth Israel Travel Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies

Contact: Amir Cohen
Phone: 508.997.7471
Email: amir@jewishnewbedford.org

Springfield
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies

Contact: Michelle Lancto
Phone: 413.732.9994
Email: mlancto@jewishwesternmass.org

Western MA
Award Name: Israel Travel & Study Grant
Qualifying Type: Must live in Western Massachusetts
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Kate Rodowicz, Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Phone: 413.276.0700
Email: gti@hgf.org

Ann Arbor
Award Name: The Susan L. Lichter Memorial Endowed Israel Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Merit-based, Israel Only
Application Deadline: February 23rd
Amount: $2,500

Award Name: Israel Experience Subsidies
Qualifying Type: Multiple, Israel Only
Application Deadline: February 23rd
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Max Glick
Phone: 734.677.0100
Email: max@jewishannarbor.org

Detroit
Award Name: Get There!
Qualifying Type: Multiple and Need-Based
Amount: $750 - $1,000


Contact: Jacob Allen
Phone: 248.203.1467
Email: allen@jfmd.org

Minneapolis
Award Name: The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Up to $1,000

Award Name: Israel Center Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Ariel Biel
Phone: 952.417.2319
Email: abiel@mplsfed.org

St. Paul
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sharyn Effress-Pesses
Phone: 651.695.3186
Email: spesses@stpaulfed.org

St. Louis
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: None
Amount: $750

Award Name: Stuart I. Pessin Award
Qualifying Type: Merit-based
Amount: Up to $1,250

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Karen Rader
Phone: 314.442.3756
Email: krader@cajestl.org

Omaha
Award Name: Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: One time, non-need based
Amount: $1,000

Contact: Mary Sue Grossman
Phone: 402.334.6445
Email: mgrossman@jewishomaha.org

Las Vegas
Award Name: Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit-based
Amount: Up to $1,500

Contact: Tracy Aparicio
Phone: 702.732.0556
Email: tracy@jewishlasvegas.com

New Hampshire
Award Name: Irving and Bernice Singer Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Non-Need Based
Amount: Up to $1,000, up to $1,800 if 10th grader has completed through Hebrew High School

Phone: 603.627.7679
Email: office@jewishnh.org

Metrowest
Award Name: Destination: Jewish Service Learning
Qualifying Type: Check here for qualifying programs, only available to residents of Sussex, Essex, Morris, Union and north Somerset counties of New Jersey
Amount: Varies
Eligibility: Qualifying program must emphasize service learning experience

Contact: Michael Strom
Phone: 973.929.2963
Email: mstrom@theparnershipnj.org

Middlesex County
Award Name: Israel Teen Grants
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Up to $1,000

Award Name: Anne & Herbert Goldstein Fund for Youth Travel
Qualifying Type: Competitive
Amount: $1,000

Contact: Meryl Harris
Phone: 732.588.1800
Email: MerylH@jewishheartnj.org

Northern
Award Name: Jacob Dineson Lodge Designated Fund for March of the Living
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies

Contact: BBYO Passport
Phone: 202.537.8091
Email: info@bbyopassport.org

Southern
Award Name: Freda & Sam Yacker Israel Experience Award
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Up to $3,000

Contact: Janet Santo
Phone: 856.673.2582
Email: infojcf@jfedsnj.org

New Mexico
Award Name: Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Erika Rimson
Phone: 505.348.4472
Email: erika@jcfnm.org

Albany & Northeastern New York Community
Award Name: Jewish Enrichment Scholarship
Locations: Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga, Glens Falls, Columbia and Greene counties
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Deborah Chapman Goldstein
Phone: 518.783.7800 x 230
Email: dgoldstein@jewishfedny.org

Award Name: The Israel Experience Program
Qualifying Type: Matching
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Marci Galinkin
Phone: 518.783.7800 x 239
Email: mgalinkin@jewishfedny.org

Buffalo
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Up tp $1,000

Contact: Lisa Collins
Phone: 716.204.1133
Email: Lisa@jewishphilanthropies.org

New York (NYC, Westchester & Long Island)
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies
Note: Available for all high school-age programs worldwide.

Award Name: New York Teen Initiative - Summer Programs Scholarship
Contact: BBYO Passport
Phone: 202.537.8091
Email: info@bbyopassport.org

Orange County
Award Name: The Jack and Jessica Blinkoff scholarship
Qualifying Type: Competitive
Amount: Full cost of an Israel trip

Award Name: Youth 2 Israel
Qualifying Type: Need Based
Amount: Varies

ContactL Sharon Ball
Phone: 845.562.7860
Email: sharon@jewishorangeny.org

Rochester
Award Name: Gift of Israel Incentive Savings Fund
Qualifying Type: Partial matching, must enroll before end of 6th grade
Amount: Up to $1,200

Award Name: Israel Teen Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Richard Gordon
Phone: 585.461.0490 x8637
Email: rgordon@jewishrochester.org

Award Name: Freddy Fund
Qualifying Type: Non-need, one time only, 9th-12th grade, Teens must reside in one of the following New York counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca, Livingston, Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans
Amount: $360, other amounts vary

Contact: Sharon Gray
Phone: 585.434.2700 x202
Email: sgray@farashinstitute.org

Syracuse
Award Name: Israel Scholarship & Grant
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Eligibility: Must be a resident within 13000,13100,13200 zip codes
Amount: Varies

Contact: Judith Stander
Phone: 315.445.2040 x114
Email: jstander@jewishfederationcny.org

Charlotte
Award Name: Gorelick Teens to Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First-come/first serve
Amount: Up tp $1,000

Contact: Tal Stein
Phone: 704.944.6757
Email: tal.stein@jewishcharlotte.org

Durham-Chapel Hill
Award Name: Sara & E.J. Evans Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit
Amount: $1,000

Contact: Jill Madsen
Phone: 919.354.4936
Email: jmadsen@shalomdch.org

Greensboro
Award Name: Greensboro's Israel Experience Grant Program
Qualifying Type: Non-need-based
Amount: Up to $1,750

Contact: Rachel Wolf, Jewish Federation of Greensboro
Phone: 336.852.5433 x229
Email: rwolf@shalomgreensboro.org

Award Name: Jacke W. and Lottie K. Samet Israel Experience Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need Based, First Peer Experience to Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Betsy Gamburg, Jewish Family Services
Phone: 336.852.4829 x222
Email: bgamburg@shalomgreensboro.org

Akron
Award Name: The Israel Incentive Savings Program (IISP)
Qualifying Type: Matching
Amount: Matching up to $3,300

Award Name: Ted Marks Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Merit
Amount: Varies

Contact: Josh Mantel
Phone: 330.869.2424
Email: Josh_Mantel@shawjcc.org

Cincinnati
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: None
Amount: $6,500

Contact: Karyn Zimerman
Phone: 513.985.1534
Email: kzimerman@jfedcin.org

Cleveland
Award Name: Financial Assistance for Israel Study
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Up to $2,000 (first time travel), up to $1,500 (second time travel)

Award Name: Gift of Israel
Qualifying Type: Matching (must be at least 3 years in savings program)
Amount: Up to $2,200

Contact: Helen Wolf
Phone: 216.371.0449
Email: hwolf@jecc.org

Columbus
Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Incentive-based/Need-Based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Elana Polster
Phone: 614.559.3227
Email: epolster@tcjf.org

Toledo
Award Name: Jewish Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: $1,000

Award Name: 1000 for 10 Teen Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: $1,000

Contact: Barb Hager
Phone: 419.724.0357
Email: barb@jewishtoledo.org

Contact: Arleen Levine
Phone: 419.724.0355
Email: Arleen@jewishtoledo.org

Portland
Award Name: Teen Israel Experience program
Qualifying Type: Merit-based
Amount: Up to $4,000 or 80% of the program

Contact: Your Congregational Rabbi

Award Name: Albert J. Kailes Memorial Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Only available for domestic summer programs
Amount: $250 (on average)

Contact: Tara Siegman
Phone: 503.248.9328
Email: taras@ojcs.org

Lehigh Valley
Award Name: Teen Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Incentive grant
Amount: Varies

Contact: Mark Goldstein
Phone: 610.821.5500
Email: markg@jflv.org

Award Name: Visit Israel Savings Partnership
Qualifying Type: Matching
Amount: Up to $1,600

Contact: Abby Trachtman
Phone: 610.821.5500
Email: abbyt@jflv.org

Philadelphia
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-baesd
Amount: Up to $1,500

Contact: Shannon Greenstein
Phone: 215.832.0530
Email: sgreenstein@jfgp.org

Pittsburgh
Award Name: Israel Scholarship Program
Qualifying Type: Incentive
Amount: $1,750

Award Name: Passport to Israel
Qualifying Type: Matching
Amount: Up to $800

Contact: Debbie Swartz
Phone: 412.992.5208
Email: dswartz@jfedpgh.org

Rhode Island
Award Name: Israel Study Travel Grants and Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Multiple, Only available to Greater Rhode Island area
Amount: Up to $1,500

Contact: Jana Brenman
Phone: 401.421.4111 x181
Email: jbrenman@jewishallianceri.org

Memphis
Award Name: Lemsky Endowment Fund Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Up to $2,500

Contact: Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein
Phone: 901.767.7100
Email: bzuckerbrot-finkelstein@memjfed.org

Nashville
Award Name: Israel Incentives Grant
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Up to $2,000

Contact: Lauren Rosentreter
Phone: 615.356.3242 ext. 1668
Email: LaurenR@jewishnashville.org

Austin
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First-come/First-serve
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Dana Epstein
Phone: 512.735.8008
Email: dana.epstein@shalomaustin.org

Dallas
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sarah Golman
Phone: 214.615.5275
Email: sgolman@jfgd.org

Houston
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, 10th-12th grade
Amount: Varies

Contact: Paulette Walden
Phone: 713.729.7000 x309
Email: pwalden@houstonjewish.org

San Antonio
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies

Contact: Jewish Federation of San Antonio
Phone: 210.302.6960
Email: jewishfederation@jfsatx

Vermont
Grants to individuals: Israel Travel & Study
Qualifying Type: Must live in Southern Vermont (Windham and Bennington counties)
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Kate Rodowicz, Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Phone: 413.276.0700
Email: gti@hgf.org

Richmond
Award Name: Richmond Jewish Foundation Greenberg Israel Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: $750-$2,000
Deadline: March 5th

Contact: Joice Burnette, Richmond Jewish Foundation
Phone: 804.545.8628
Email: joice@rjfoundation.org

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: None
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sara Rosenbaum, Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
Phone: 804.545.8629
Email: srosenbaum@jewishrichmond.org

Seattle
Award Name: Teen Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Jewish Federation of Seattle
Phone: 206.443.5400
Email: Israel@jewishinseattle.org

Milwaukee
Award Name: Passport to Israel
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Jacob Velleman
Phone: 414.390.5727 
Email: jacobv@milwaukeejewish.org

Award Name: Milwaukee Jewish Community Foundation Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Contact: Tzipi Altman-Shafer
Phone: 414.963.2718
Email: tziporaha@milwaukeejewish.org

Vancouver, British Columbia
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Up to $2,500

Contact: Avee Ya'acoby
Phone: 604.257.5100
Email: ayaacoby@jewishvacouver.com

Other Opportunities

Below is a list of various sources for potential scholarship funding that BBYO Passport participants have received in previous years. The goal of this resource is to provide prospective BBYO Passport participants information about organizations within their geographic region that have offered scholarships in the past. We do our best to provide accurate material and information from each source.

Local Synagogue

Often, synagogues have set aside funds specifically designated for sending local teens to Israel. Call your synagogue's office to learn if they offer this type of scholarship. Departments that often have scholarship available include but are not limited to: General Scholarship Fund, Rabbi Discretionary Fund, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Israel Committee & Youth Department.

Local Jewish Organizations

Some other local Jewish organizations may have scholarships available. Here are some potential sources in your community that are worth exploring.

  • Plant your way (JNF)
  • Local Holocaust Museum
  • Jewish Community Center (JCC)
  • Jewish Council for Your Services (JCYS)
  • Jewish Family Services (JFS)
  • Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE)
  • Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS)
  • Hebrew Free Loan Association

Partnering Organizations

BBYO Passport is proud to partner with One Happy Camper to provide teens up to $1,000 off our U.S. based trips for their first summer at a Jewish overnight camp. This gift – made possible by your local Jewish Federation in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp – is for campers attending their first Jewish overnight summer camp experience. Please view this list for qualifying communities, age requirements and contact information at the Eligibility Page.

Search the Internet!

A quick internet search will reveal numerous Jewish organizations that offer money to Jewish teens traveling to Israel. Send them an e-mail and see if you qualify. Do you know of a scholarship not listed or have updated information? Please let us know and we will post the information for others who are seeking funding for their BBYO Passport experience.

Families are highly encouraged to sign-up for travel insurance in order to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected.

NOTE: A separate travel insurance policy option is available for Israel Family Journey.

What it Covers

BBYO Passport has partnered with Travel Insured International to provide a discounted group travel insurance option specially designed for teen travel. The policy provides the following benefits:
 

INSURANCE BENEFITS

Student Deluxe
MAXIMUM LIMITS

Student Deluxe + Cancel
for Any Reason2
MAXIMUM LIMITS

Cancellation for Covered Reasons1– Pre-Departure

100% of Trip Cost

100% of Trip Cost

Trip Interruption for Covered Reasons1

Up to 150% of Trip Cost

Up to 150% of Trip Cost

Cancellation for Any Reason – Pre-Departure2

N/A

    75% of Trip Cost

Travel Delay (at least 6 hours)

$750 

$750

Missed Connection (at least 3 hours)

$500 

$500 

Medical Expense3

$25,000 (Secondary Coverage)

$25,000 (Secondary Coverage)

Emergency Evacuation

$100,0000

$100,0000

Baggage and Personal Effects

$1,500 / $250 per article limit

$1,500 / $250 per article limit

Baggage Delay (at least 24 hours)

$300

$300
  1. Covered Reasons | Include personal illness/death, family illness/death, and other reasons – see full policy for details.

  2. Cancel for Any Reason | Cancellations for non-standard reasons must be made at least two days prior to the scheduled departure date.

  3. Medical Coverage | Pre-existing conditions are only covered if policy is purchased prior to final trip payment and the premium paid covers all trip costs (land and air). NOTE: BBYO Passport does not cover pre-existing conditions as part of our standard medical insurance.

What it Costs

Insurance costs vary according to the cost of your program. Be sure to factor any additional travel expenses (e.g. cost of domestic travel) when deciding how much insurance to secure.

Cost of Program

Student Deluxe

Student Deluxe + 
Cancel for Any Reason

$0-$500 $21 $32
$500-$1,000 $31 $46
$1,001-$1,500 $42 $63
$1,501-$2,000 $55 $82
$2,001-$2,500 $69 $103
$2,501-$3,000 $83 $124
$3,001-$3,500 $95 $143
$3,501-$4000 $109 $164
$4,001-$4,500 $123 $185
$4,501-$5,000 $137 $206
$5,001-$5,500 $151 $227
$5,501-$6,000 $165 $248
$6,001-$6,500 $179 $269
$6,501-$7,000 $193 $290
$7,001-$7,500 $207 $311
$7,501-$8,000 $221 $332
$8,001-$8,500 $237 $355
$8,501-$9,000 $251 $376
$9,001-$10,000 $265 $397

NOTE: The rates listed above are for programs up to 30 days. For programs over 30 days please add; $3.00 per day on the standard rates or $4.50 per day on the cancel for any reason rates.

How to Order

Our group travel insurance policy can be selected and paid for as part of your BBYO Passport registration account.

SPECIAL TERMS

  • Policies are only available for USA residents.
  • The supplemental "Cancellation for Any Reason" benefit is not valid for New York residents.
  • All benefits are subject to policy exclusions. See the full policy for complete details.
  • Policies may be purchased up until the date you make full payment for the program.
  • Travel insurance policies are not issued until full program payment is received. 

Questions? Contact info@travelinsuranceisrael.com or 1-888-747-3773

Team up with BBYO Passport to provide a travel experience for your camp or community organization

Possibilities

We cover destinations on five continents and cater to teens and families:

  • Summer, spring and winter break for teens
  • Community delegations to the March of the Living
  • Adult and family travel experiences

Structure

There's more than one way to organize your group with us:

  • Travel as a private trip -- we'll do the logistics
  • Pair up with another like-minded partner group
  • Merge with a national BBYO Passport group

Benefits

Leverage our expertise to your organization's benefit:

  • Zero start-up costs
  • Reduced learning curve
  • Limited strain on staff time
  • A partner that shares your values

Services

We offer a flexible model with services based on your needs:

  • Program design & implementation
  • Marketing support
  • Registration and payment
  • Staff training

Contact us to explore the possibilities, and ask us for a reference from a current partner.

Want to have a lasting impact on Jewish teens this summer? We're recruiting enthusiastic and experienced individuals to be madrichim (counselors) for our Summer Experiences. 

Qualifications Include:

  • Being at least four years removed from high school at the start of summer (exceptions considered in special situations)
  • Significant travel experience, preferably including participation in an Israel educational program
  • Extensive leadership experience, preferably working with teenagers
  • Strong Jewish background and demonstrated ability to lead an inclusive Shabbat experience
  • High energy and ability to work within a team setting
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

How to Apply

Review the job description and complete the staff application. For questions contact staff@bbyopassport.org. Compensation information is provided during the interview process.

When you build exceptional experiences, people want to hear about it! Check out this press featuring BBYO Passport.

10 Days that Changed my Life
Connecticut Jewish Ledger | August '16
Hear from a teen participant about her life-changing experience on a BBYO Passport program: "The BBYO summer program was an eye-opening, life-changing experience that allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. I truly have a new found respect for people from different backgrounds and walks of life."

BBYO Bonds Teens Around World
Jewish News | August '15
This summer, over 2,000 teens came together at BBYO Summer Experiences. These summer programs offer Jewish teens the opportunities to lead, learn, serve communities, travel, strengthen their Jewish and personal identities and meet peers from around the world.

BBYO Director of Jewish Enrichment Aleeza Lubin is Profiled
OY!Chicago | July '15
Aleeza helps teens find their Jewish voice and discover what aspects of Judaism are meaningful to them. She particularly emphasizes tikkun olam and finds creative ways for teens to contribute to the community in a way that feels natural and comfortable.

'A modern camp with an old soul' celebrates its bar mitzvah
The Jewish Voice | February '15
BBYO Passport works with Camp Jori to help ensure their CIT's (Counselors in Training) have a meaningful four-week experience in Israel. 


My Israel Experience
Jewish Press | October '14
Teen Tomer Palmon writes about his amazing trip with BBYO Passport to Italy and Israel.


Ambassadors to Bulgaria Program Offers Life-Changing Summer Experience
Jewish Community Voice | July '14
Teen Jessica Sklar talks about her incredible summer on BBYO Passport trip Ambassadors to Bulgaria.


Camps Face Tough Decisions About Israel Trips
Jewish Exponent | July ' 14
BBYO Passport ensures a safe, meaningful, and fun summer for teens traveling in Israel despite on-going operation.


World Without Survivors
Washington Jewish Week |  February '14
Sara Strei reflects on the importance of having Holocaust survivor Trudy Album join her on March of the Living.


Learning in the Land of Milk and Honey
The Jewish News | January '14
Teen participant Jackson Cacioppo writes about his summer journey on ILSI with BBYO Passport.


Discovering my Jewish identity through Israel
Heritage - Florida Jewish News | July '13
A Florida teen, Sarah Hoffen, discusses the discovery of her Jewish identity through Israel with BBYO Passport.


BBYO's Ambassadors to Bulgaria
e Jewish Philanthropy | July '13
Rachel Mitchell's beautiful reflections from her experience on Ambassadors to Bulgaria.


BBYO Teens Take March of the Living
Cleveland Jewish News | May '13
Twenty-five teens from BBYO's Ohio Northern Region Ohio delegation participated in BBYO's national delegation of the March of the Living.


BBYO launches gap year Israel experience
Jewish Tribune | October '12
Committed to providing more Jewish teens with more meaningful Jewish experiences, BBYO has launched a new pre-college, gap year program in Israel, Beyond.


BBYO Launches Gap Year Israel Experience
The Canadian Jewish News | October '12
BBYO has launched a pre-college gap-year program in Israel to provide Jewish teens with meaningful Jewish experiences.


Summer Break? I'm Working on It
New York Times | May '09
"At a time when the overall travel industry is in a slump...educational and volunteer travel programs say they are surprised at the sustained interest...B'nai B'rith Youth Organization is filling seats on its Israel tours."

Jewish Summer Camps Feel the Heat
Jerusalem Post | May '09
"In the case of BBYO Passport, which takes teens to Europe and Israel, the organization began promoting its competitive fees...as a way of attracting participants...'We had a good story to tell, so we decided to tell it,' said Avi Green, BBYO Passport's marketing director."


Teen trips to Israel and beyond
Cleveland Jewish News | Dec '08
"BBYO expands its travel division to incorporate even more destinations for Jewish teens to travel in a safe, group environment. The new program is called Passport to the World (Passport) and grew out of BBYO's success with its Passport to Israel program."


BBYO Expands Travel Programs
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix | Aug '08
BBYO Expands Travel Programs "Traveling through BBYO no longer necessarily implies a trip to Israel...Students are provided the opportunity to see Jewish communities in the [other] areas that they visit and are given the option of flying to Israel for three weeks after touring other countries."


Local Teen Experiences Israel with BBYO
Minn. American Jewish World | Sep '08
Local Teen Experiences Israel with BBYO: Minneapolis American Jewish World Since I was little, I have always heard about how amazing Israel is,' Mogelson wrote in an essay. 'This summer I finally had the chance to experience it myself…The best part of the whole trip was the sense that I actually belonged in Israel, that I wasn't just a tourist, but that I was a part of the State.'"

 

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