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


Travel to 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, youth group travel, high school study abroad, gap year and Masa summer internships.

Federation Opportunities:


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 blindly - the committee does not know the names of the applicants. Winter need-based scholarship applications will be accepted until February 4, 2022 and we will offer an additional application cycle later in spring 2022.

Gift of Israel and Freddy Fund 360 Grants for Travel to Israel: 


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 from a fund established by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.


*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)

Additional Opportunities:


RootOne Vouchers for Summer 2022


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 that 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 (see link below).


Applying for a RootOne Voucher is done directly through the trip providers. An email with a link to apply will be sent directly to participants from the providers. Vouchers are distributed at a first come, first served 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.



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

  • The Freddy Fund

    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 needs based scholarships and grants for teen travel, is one of the funds distributed by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester for Israel travel.

If you have any questions regarding Israel grants or scholarships, please contact Marissa Barashi.