Grants & Scholarships: Israel Travel Grants for Students

We are here to help you on your journey to Israel. The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has a variety of need-based scholarships and one-time grant funds established by our generous donors to enable teens and college students to travel to Israel.

Visit Israel and you’ll learn about the past, find your place in the present, and start shaping the future—Israel’s, Jewish Rochester’s, and your own. 

With a range of options, you can find a trip that you’ll talk about forever. Past participants have used the funding for a variety of programs such as: 8th grade IsraelNow trip, the Federation’s Journey for Identity, Camp Seneca Lake in Israel/BBYO Passport, youth group travel, high school study abroad, gap year and Masa summer internships.

Need-based scholarships are available, so don’t let the cost of a program stop you from applying!

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester provides need-based scholarship assistance to ease the cost of a quality Israel experience for teens and college students.

All application information is confidential and reviewed by the scholarship committee without seeing names of the applicants. We generally accept scholarship applications in two cycles—near the end of the year and in the spring.

Gift of Israel Grant (For Teens and College Students)
Students between the ages of 14-25 are eligible for a one-time Gift of Israel grant of $540 from the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

Freddy Fund 360 Grant (for teens)
Teens between the ages of 15-19 (or in grades 9-12) are eligible for a one-time Freddy Fund 360 Grant of $360. The Freddy Fund was established by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation in mem­ory of Fred Sil­ver­stein (z’’l), a found­ing trustee of the Farash Foun­da­tion. Fred’s pas­sion was to pro­vide teens with the op­por­tu­nity to visit Is­rael.

The Freddy Fund, which pro­vides both need-based schol­ar­ships and grants for teen travel, is one of the funds dis­trib­uted by the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion of Greater Rochester for Is­rael travel.

All grants are provided at our discretion. Please see the list of eligibility requirements.

Note: Students applying for a need-based scholarship do not have to submit an additional application for Gift of Israel and Freddy Fund 360 grants. If you are otherwise eligible to receive a scholarship, you will also receive a grant (unless previously received).

RootOne Vouchers

Seeded by a generous grant from the Marcus Foundation, and powered by the Jewish Education Project, RootOne will provide major subsidies (called RootOne Vouchers) for trip participants. 

Students who are currently in 9th-12th grade can register for an Israel program with BBYO, USY, Ramah Israel, NFTY in Israel, NCSY/JSU Summer, or other qualified summer travel programs and receive a $3,000 RootOne Voucher. Eligibility requirements are found on the RootOne website.

Applying for a RootOne Voucher is done directly through the trip providers, who will send an email with a link to apply. Vouchers are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis regardless of financial need.

For more information or to find out if the Israel summer program you are interested in is eligible to provide RootOne Vouchers click here.

Contact Us


Marissa Barashi

Scholarship & Grants Coordinator



To Be Eligible For An Israel Grant Or Scholarship:

  • The trip must be organized for students (travel, study or internships). Family travel, independent travel and Birthright trips are not eligible.
  • The trip must include at least one week in Israel.
  • The recipient must currently live in the Greater Rochester Area.

Ways to Give

Every day, we work to provide compassionate, strategic, and comprehensive support, no matter the situation. There is no organization better positioned to do this than the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.