A Sunset - Trips to Israel

General Resources

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

We believe that a summer experience in Israel is an investment worth making, and we strive to ensure our programs are financially accessible to all. BBYO, along with local communities, provide need- and merit-based scholarships. Explore the opportunities!

BBYO National Scholarships

In keeping with our mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, BBYO has established a national scholarship for teen Israel experiences. Funding is limited, so make sure to apply ahead of the noted deadlines as part of your commitment-free registration.

March of the Living

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Available for teens participating in BBYO’s National Teen Delegation and BBYO-affiliated Community Delegations.
Priority is given to applicants prior to November 2, 2020

Scholarship decisions will be made according to financial need and will be announced prior to the cancellation deadline on December 2, 2020.

Summer Programs in Israel

ROOTONE VOUCHER
PLEASE NOTE: We have reached capacity for our RootOne Vouchers and there is currently a waitlist for them. If you are interested in traveling to Israel with BBYO this summer, we still encourage you to register and apply for a voucher. We will be clearing teens from the waitlist as vouchers become available in the order in which we receive applications and based on availability. Learn more and claim yours!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Available for teens participating in a summer Israel program, including ILSI. Priority is given to applicants who apply prior to January 26, 2021.

ILSI MERIT SCHOLARSHIP
Teens registered for International Leadership Seminar in Israel (ILSI) are eligible to apply for the ILSI Merit Scholarship. Scholarship will be awarded on a rolling basis. 

BBYO 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 Programs in Israel and the March of the Living.


$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

Share the experience of Israel with teens by making a donation today to THE BBYO Passport SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Community Scholarships

Most communities offer teen Israel program 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 the accuracy of the information provided nor guarantee eligibility as almost all sources are independently managed and have no connection to BBYO Passport.

Alabama

Birmingham
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First come/first serve, need-based, and must live in Birmingham
Trip Location: Israel or International
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sally Friedman
Phone: 205.879.0416
Email: [email protected]

Alaska

Alaskan Jewish Community
Award Name: UJC Alaska Inc. BBYO Passport Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Must be Jewish residents of Alaska
Contact: UJC Alaska Scholarship Review Committee
Email: [email protected]

Arizona

Phoenix
Award Name: Harold and Jean Grossman Israel Experience Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Teens 15-18 who live in Greater Phoenix and are attending a program in Israel that lasts at least 16 days and up to one year are eligible.
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Kelly Harris
Phone: 480.481.7028
Email: [email protected]

Southern Arizona
Unavailable

California

East Bay
Award Name: Israel Experiences for Teens and Young Adults
Qualifying Type: Participate in an organized teen program, educational program, Masa Journey, or other group-sponsored trips (individual travel is not supported). Live or attend school in the Federation’s Service Area. Identify as Jewish.
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies based on financial need
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 510.809.4934415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Within Reach
Qualifying Type: Need-Based; program at least 10 days and educational in nature
Trip Location: Israel
Amount:  $500-$1,200
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 510.809.4934415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

Los Angeles
Award Name: Israel Experience Incentive Award
Qualifying Type: Rolling basis; first trip to israel; program length 2 weeks to 4 months; cost over $3k; must live in Greater LA
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $500 incentive award toward their Israel trips, paid directly to the trip providers on behalf of the travel participant
Contact:
Phone:
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Experience Financial Aid Scholarships
Qualifying Type: rolling basis; first trip to israel; program length 2 weeks to 4 months; cost over $3k; must live in Greater LA
Amount: $500 incentive award toward their Israel trips, paid directly to the trip providers on behalf of the travel participant
Contact:
Phone:
Email: IsraelEx[email protected]

Orange County
Award Name: Passport to Jewish Life®
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis until very limited funds are exhausted
Trip Location: Israel only, or trip that combines Poland and Israel
Amount: Max $500
Contact: Kathleen Mellon
Email: [email protected]

San Diego
Award Name: My Israel Journey Grant
Qualifying Type: First time recipient of scholarship; has never been on a peer based organized trip to Israel
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $750 or $1,500
Contact: Kayla Globerson
Phone:  858-362-1140
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Immersive Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: First-time recipient of the Immersive Experience Grant and already enrolled in experience
Trip Location: Anywhere
Amount: 1-3 day programs: $180, 4-9 day programs: $360, 10 day+ programs: $540
Contact: Kayla Globerson
Phone: 858-362-1140
Email: [email protected]

San Francisco Area
Award Name: One Happy Camper Scholarship Grant
Qualifying Type: First Jewish overnight experience
Trip Location: U.S. Based Travel Only
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Experiences
Qualifying Type: Community Only; 8th-12th grade
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Within Reach
Qualifying Type: Community Only; 8th-12th grade
Trip Location: Israel
Amount:  $500-$1,200
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, California
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-Based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $500
Contact: Jason Moss
Phone 626.445.0810
Email: [email protected]

Colorado

Not Available

Connecticut

New Haven
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Must live in the Greater New Haven area; program must be educational; 3 week program minimum
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Beth Kupcho
Phone: 203.387.2424 x316
Email: [email protected]

Delaware

Delaware
Award Name: GRATZ High School Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Merit
Trip Location: Israel or Summer Camp
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sally Friedman
Phone: 205.879.0416
Email: [email protected]

District of Columbia

Washington, DC
Award Name: Israel Quest Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: GRATZ
Contact:
Phone: 301.230.7200
Email: [email protected]

Florida

Central Florida
Not available

Orlando
Award Name: The Ronald Coleman Israel Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Open to all Jewish Teens 9th-12th grades in Greater Orlando
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact:
Phone: 407-645-5933 ext. 236
Email:

Jacksonville
Award Name: Joan Levin Gift of Israel Program
Qualifying Type: Age 16 or older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $700
Contact: Jill Abel
Phone: 904.224.1445
Email: [email protected]

Miami
Award Name: Israel Programs Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, age 15 or older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Phone: 786.866.8431
Email: [email protected]

Miami
Award Name: Overnight Jewish Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based, age 17 or younger
Trip Location: U.S.
Amount: Varies
Contact: Inbar Cohen
Phone: 786.866.8431
Email: [email protected]

Palm Beach County
Award Name: March of the Living
Qualifying Type: Need-based; Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach residents only; Must not have received an Israel Experience Porgram Scholarship from them
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Abbie Zohn
Phone: 561.242.6670
Email:[email protected]

Palm Beach County
Award Name: Overnight Jewish Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based; Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach residents only; Camp session to not exceed 4 weeks; 4th-12th grades
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Abbie Zohn
Phone: 561.242.6670
Email:[email protected]

Palm Beach County
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Abbie Zohn
Phone: 561.242.6670
Email: [email protected]

Georgia

Atlanta
Award Name: Jewish Camp Initiative
Qualifying Type: Merit and need-based
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Rabba Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez
Phone: 706.228.3636 ext. 229
Email: [email protected]

Augusta
Award Name: Teen Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based for non-BBYO members
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Cathy Fishman
Phone: 706.228.3636 ext. 229
Email: [email protected]

Illinois

Chicago
Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Need-based: 10th-12th grades; must reside in metropolitan Chicago
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Israel Experience Program
Phone: 312.444.2895
Email: [email protected]

Indiana

Indianapolis
Award Name: Israel Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based and incentive; must be a resident of the greater Indianapolis area
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Pamela Eicher
Phone: 317.715.6981
Email: [email protected]

Kansas

Kansas City
Award Name: The Rabbi Gershon Hadas Guardian Society for Children
Qualifying Type: Financial assistance to participants in long term (three months or longer) Israel programs after high school
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Andi Milens
Phone: 913.327.1810
Email: [email protected]

Kansas City
Award Name: First Time Camper Fund “incentive grants”
Qualifying Type: Teen must live in Greater Kansas City area and attend a Jewish camp program of at least three weeks in duration
Trip Location: US and Abroad
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Andi Milens
Phone: 913.327.1810
Email: [email protected]

Wichita
Award Name: Teen Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Julie Fruhauf
Phone: 316.686.4741
Email: [email protected]

Kentucky

Lexington
Award Name: Camperships and Israel Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based for Jewish youth of central Kentucky
Trip Location: Israel or US Based Jewish Summer Camp
Amount: Varies
Contact: Paula Mertens
Phone: 859.269.8244
Email: [email protected]

Louisville
Award Name: Israel Experience Grants and Financial Assistance
Qualifying Type: Louisville-area residents age 15-24 identifying as Jewish and attending an organized Israel trip that is 21 days or longer
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $4,000 for first-time travelers; up to $1,000 for second-time travelers
Contact:
Phone:
Email: Camp/[email protected]

Louisville
Award Name: Overnight Camp Grants and Financial Assistance and One Happy Camper
Qualifying Type: Louisville-area residents under the age of 18 identifying as Jewish and attending an approved camp
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Up to $6,000, per child, in One Happy Camper grants available. First-year grants of $2,500 for 4 weeks or $1,500 for 2 weeks, and families who are eligible can receive a second-and third-year grant up to $2,000 and $1,500 respectively
Contact:
Phone:
Email: Camp/[email protected]

Louisiana

New Orleans
Award Name: Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program
Qualifying type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $4,000+
Contact: Michelle Neal
Phone: 504.780.5604
Email: [email protected]

North Louisiana
Award Name: Israel Based Scholarship
Qualifying type: Contributing members to the Federation
Amount: Varies
Contact the North Louisiana Federation

Maryland

Baltimore
Award Name: Community Fund for Israel Experiences Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need and merit based for residents of Baltimore City/County
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $5,000
Contact: Reena Roshgadol
Phone: 410.735.5024
Email: [email protected]

Massachusetts

Berkshire County
Award Name: Israel Study/ Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Rolling basis; must have contributed to federations past years campaign
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies on request
Contact: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
Phone: 413.442.4360
Email: [email protected]

Berkshire County
Award Name: Jewish Overnight Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Must have contributed to federations past years campaign; must commit to 5 volunteer hours
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies on request
Contact: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
Phone: 413.442.4360
Email: [email protected]

Boston and North Shore
Award Name: Israel Teen Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, 18 years of age or younger; program a minimum of 12 days
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,800 of the cost of the Israel program
Contact: Adam Smith
Phone: 617.457.8597
Email: [email protected]
Merrimack Valley
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $100
Contact: Laurie Mindlin
Phone: 978.688.0466
Email: [email protected]
New Bedford
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Olga Yorish
Phone: 508.997.7471
Email: [email protected]

Springfield
Award Name: Israel Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Rolling Basis; must be resident of Pioneer Valley
Trip Location: Israel
Contact: Michelle Lancto
Phone: 413.732.9994
Email: [email protected]

Michigan

Ann Arbor
Award Name: Israel Scholarships
Qualifying type: Must be from the Greater Ann Arbor area
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1000
Contact: Jessica Weil
Phone: 734.677.0100 ext. 227
Email: [email protected]

Detroit
Award Name: Get There!
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Jaime Bean
Phone: 248.205.2561
Email: [email protected]

Minnesota

Minneapolis
Award Name: The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Ages 15-18
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Amanda Feigin
Phone: 952.417.2319
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Center Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Age 16 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Eilat Harel
Phone: 952.417.2321
Email: [email protected]

St. Paul
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sharyn Effress-Pesses
Phone: 651.695.3186
Email: [email protected]

Missouri

St. Louis
Award Name: Teen Grants & Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Merit and need-based subsidies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Short-term programs $750
Contact: Jody Gerth
Phone: 314-442-3881
Email: [email protected]

Nebraska

Omaha
Award Name: The Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: 9th-12th graders living in the Omaha metropolitan area
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Diane Walker
Phone: 402.334.6407
Email: [email protected]

Nevada

Las Vegas
Award Name: Teen Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Merit
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,500
Contact:
Phone: 702.732.0556
Email: [email protected]

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Award Name: Irving and Bernice Singer Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Grants are given as long as funds are available: $1000.00 to any NH teen for a Jewish peer trip to Israel and $1800.00 for any NH teens who have completed the high school program in their own synagogue.
Contact: Nancy Frankel
Phone: 603.472.3983
Email: [email protected]

New Jersey

Greater Metrowest NJ
Award Name: Passport to Israel Grant
Qualifying Type: This grant is only available to Greater MetroWest residents (Essex, Morris, Union, Sussex, and parts of Somerset Counties in NJ)
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $400
Contact: Justine Reuben
Phone: 973.929.3054
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: One Happy Camper Grant
Qualifying Type: First FJC experience who did not attend Jewish private day school
Trip Location: US experiences
Amount: For the first child in a family to receive a grant, $700 for 12-18 days or $1,000 for 19+ days; for siblings of grant recipients, $500 for 12+ days
Contact: Gerri Russo
Phone: 973.929.2972
Email: [email protected]

Middlesex and Monmouth Counties
Award Name: Israel Teen Grants
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Inbar Singal
Phone: 732.588.1800
Email: [email protected]

Northern
Not Available

Southern
Award Name: Freda & Sam Yacker Israel Experience Award
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $3,000
Contact:
Phone: 856.673.2528
Email: [email protected]

New Mexico

New Mexico
Award Name: Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: $1,000
Contact: Erika Rimson
Phone: 505.348.4472
Email: [email protected]

New York

Albany & Northeastern New York Community
Award Name: Jewish Experiential Funds
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Rebecca Miller
Phone: 518.783.7800
Email: [email protected]

Buffalo
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Foundation
Phone: 716.204.1133
Email: [email protected]

New York (NYC, Westchester & Long Island)
Award Name: New York Teen Initiative – Summer Programs Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies
Note: Available for all high school-age programs worldwide
Contact: BBYO Passport
Phone: 202.537.8091
Email: [email protected]

Orange County
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying type: Teen must live in Orange County
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Phone: 845.562.7860
Email:

Rochester
Award Name: Teen Travel to Israel
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Gift of Israel $50; Fredy Fund $360
Contact: Elana Pogal
Phone: 585.241.8642
Email: [email protected]

Syracuse
Not available

North Carolina

Charlotte
Award Name: SCHOLARSHIPS AND SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE FOR JEWISH EXPERIENCES
Qualifying Type: First-come/first serve and need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
Phone: 704.944.6757
Email: [email protected]

Durham-Chapel Hill
Award Name: Sara & E.J. Evans Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $1,500
Contact: Jill Madsen
Phone: 919.354.4936
Email: [email protected]

Greensboro
Award Name: Greensboro Israel Experience Grant Program
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Carly Dunno
Phone: 336.852.5433 ext. 243
Email: [email protected]

Ohio

Akron
Not available

Cincinnati
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Age 16 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $6,500
Contact: Cincy Journeys
Phone: 513.985.1500
Email: [email protected]

Cleveland
Award Name: Financial Assistance for Israel Study
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Emily Jennings
Phone: 216.371.0449
Email: [email protected]

Columbus
Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Incentive-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $1,000
Contact: Abby Holmes
Phone: 614.559.3241
Email: [email protected]

Toledo
Award Name: Experience a Memorable Overnight Jewish Initiative
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $250
Contact: Hallie Freed
Phone: 419.724.0362
Email: [email protected]

Oregon

Portland
Award Name: Teen Israel Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Rachel Nelson
Phone: 503.892.7415
Email: [email protected]

Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley
Award Name: Teen Experience Grants
Qualifying Type: Incentive grant
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Jeri Zimmerman
Phone: 610.821.5500×332
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Visit Israel Savings Partnership
Qualifying Type: This grant is only available to teens who live in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, whose parents have opened a savings partnership account through the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and have donated to the JFLV and reside in Lehigh Valley, PA.
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,600
Contact: Abby Trachtman
Phone: 610.821.5500
Email: [email protected]

Philadelphia
Award Name: Israel Program Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-Based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Alaina Gillespie
Phone: 215.832.0504
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 215.832.0504

Pittsburgh
Award Name: Israel Scholarship Program
Qualifying Type: Incentive
Trip Location: Israel and March of the Living
Amount: $1,300-$3.000
Contact: Debbie Swartz
Phone:412.992.5208
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Passport to Israel
Qualifying Type: Matching
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $2,200
Contact: Debbie Swartz
Phone: 412.992.5208
Email: [email protected]

Rhode Island

Rhode Island
Award Name: Israel Study Travel Grants and Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Jana Brenman
Phone: 401.421.4111
Email: [email protected]

Tennessee

Memphis
Award Name: Lemsky Endowment Fund Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Rising high school juniors and seniors
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $3,000
Contact: Gila Golder
Phone: 901.654.2151
Email: [email protected]

Nashville
Award Name: Israel Incentive Grants
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Tania Bukengolts
Phone: 615.354.1668
Email: [email protected]

Texas

Austin
Not available

Dallas
Award Name: Summer & March of the Living Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: International
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sarah Golman
Phone: 214.615.5275
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund of the DJCF
Qualifying Type: One “under-affiliated” Jewish Dallas area high school junior or senior
Trip Location: Europe & Israel
Amount: varies
Contact:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 214.615.9351

Houston
Award Name: Israel Trip
Qualifying Type: Designed for 10th-12th grade high school students, need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Liz Garza
Phone: 713.729.7000 ext. 309
Email: [email protected]

San Antonio
Not available

Vermont

Vermont
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,500
Contact: [email protected]

Virginia

Richmond
Award Name: Richmond Jewish Foundation Greenberg Israel Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based, ages 15 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $750-$2,000
Contact: Joice Burnette
Phone: 804.545.8628
Email: [email protected]

Washington

Seattle
Award Name: Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Teen Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Need-based, currently in 9-12th grade
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Nomi Mitchell
Phone: 206.774.2217
Email: [email protected]

Wisconsin

Milwaukee
Award Name: Kesselman Israel Program Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Award based on financial need and academic merit
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Allison Hayden
Phone: 414.390.5724
Email: [email protected]

Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $2,500
Contact: Sarah Berger
Phone: 604.257.5100
Email: [email protected]

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 scholarships 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 that are 12-days or longer 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.

Summer experiences for teensApply for New York Teen Initiative Funding

In an effort to make Jewish summer experiences more affordable, high school-age teens from New York are eligible for generous financial assistance towards any BBYO Summer Experience in Israel, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America.

The New York Teen Initiative is sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Jewish teens currently in grades 8-12
  • Permanent resident of New York City’s five boroughs, Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester counties
  • Scholarship amount will be based on finances. The average award last summer was $1,400.

How to Apply

  • Sign up commitment-free for the BBYO Summer Experience of your choice
  • Complete a simple online application
  • Application deadline: January 26, 2021
  • BBYO will follow-up with you to confirm the level of funding you are nominated to receive. Final allocation decisions are made by UJA-Federation of New York, and allocations will be issued within a few weeks of the submission deadlines. Should you not receive the scholarship allocation you requested from the fund, you will be able to cancel and receive a full program refund.

INSURANCE

Families are encouraged to consider purchasing for travel insurance in order to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected. BBYO Passport has partnered with Travel Insured International to provide a group travel protection option specially designed for teen travel.

What THE PLAN FROM TRAVEL INSURED INTERNATIONAL COVERS

Jewish Travel for Teens

Please refer to state specific plan documents for a complete description of coverage, Montana, Alaska, Indiana, New Hampshire and New York, Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Massachusetts, Texas, and all other states

QUESTIONS? Contact Travel Insured International at 1-844-440-8113 or [email protected]

Purchasing a Plan

Our group travel protection plan can be selected and paid for as part of your BBYO Passport registration account. You will have the opportunity to add travel protection after flight details are confirmed.

TERMS

  • Plans are only available for USA residents. If you are a non-US resident and would like to purchase travel protection, you can contact Travel Insured International at 1-844-440-8113 directly or find a local plan.
  • If travel is being extended beyond the days of the BBYO Passport scheduled experience, families need to notify us to adjust the travel protection plan as the coverage and price are only designed to cover the travel based on the dates we submit to Travel Insured International.
  • Insurance coverages are subject to the terms, limitations and exclusions in the plan, including an exclusion for pre-existing conditions. See the full plan document for complete details.
  • Plans may be purchased up until the day before the program start date, however, this benefit is available only if the plan is purchased prior to making final payment:

    • Optional: Cancel for any reason coverage**
  • BBYO has purchased the Group Protection plan post-departure benefits on behalf of all participants.
  • If interested in the optional Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, or Cancel for Any Reason* benefits, please contact BBYO for rates and information. A copy of the plan document will be provided.

**Cancel for Any Reason coverage is up to 75% of the nonrefundable trip cost. CFAR is optional and available for purchase at an additional cost at the individual level. Trip cancellation must be 48 hours or more prior to your scheduled departure, and you must also have paid for the full cost for all non-refundable trip costs prior to your cancellation of your trip. This benefit is not available to residents of New York. Additional terms apply


MAKING A CLAIM

You can start or file a claim using Travel Insured International’s claims website.

855-752-8303 Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-6:00 PM EST | [email protected]

CUSTOM TRIPS

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.

STAFFING

Want to have a lasting impact on Jewish teens this summer? We’re recruiting enthusiastic and experienced individuals to be Trip Staff (counselors) for our Summer Experiences!

Qualifications Include:

  • A candidate must be 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 [email protected]. Compensation information is provided during the interview process.

PRESS

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

BBYO offers $3,000 travel vouchers to Jewish Teens to journey to Israel in Summer 2021
BBYO.org | September ’20
New vouchers, enhanced program offerings, flexible dates, and risk-free registration make summer travel to Israel with BBYO more accessible than ever before

Valley teen takes part in BBYO trip to Spain
Jewish News | September ’18 
Hear from Faith Kessler, a teen from Arizona, who went on the BBYO Spain Discovery this summer. Spain Discovery is a two-week cultural travel opportunity for teens to explore Spanish cities and meet the Jewish communities there.

Representatives of AJT Ukraine took part in International Leadership Seminar in Israel 2017 (ILSI) from BBYO
Active Jewish Teens | August ’17
This year, BBYO invited Jewish teenagers who want to become real leaders, to gather in Israel for 3 weeks, and spend unforgettable summer searching of adventure and personal growth.

My Passport to Jewish Community
Oy Chicago | August ’17
How I found Jewish community for the first time shepherding teens across Israel and Spain

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.

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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Contact us today to start planning your own travel experience with BBYO Passport! You can also schedule a call with our team here. References are always available upon request.

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