Israel Scholarships and Grants for Teens and College Students



Israel is one of those "you have to see it to believe it" experiences. You will never be the same. 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.


Your Federation has a variety of Israel Scholarship funds, including the Freddy Fund, established by our generous donors to enable teens and college students to travel to Israel. 


With a range of options, you can find a trip that you’ll talk about forever. We’re here to help you on your journey to Israel.


Past participants have used the funding for many different programs, such as: the Federation’s Journey for Identity, Camp Seneca Lake in Israel, youth group travel, high school study abroad, gap year and Masa summer internships.


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


The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester provides needs-based scholarship assistance to ease the cost of a quality Israel experience for teens and college students. All information is confidential – the scholarship committee does not know the names of the applicants.


One-time Grants for Travel to Israel: 


Gift of Israel (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.


The 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.

*All grants are provided at our discretion. Please see the list above for eligibility requirements.

Note: Teens applying for a needs-based scholarship do not have to submit an additional application for Israel Grants. If you are otherwise eligible to receive a scholarship, you will also receive a grant.

If you have any questions regarding Israel grants or scholarships, please contact Elana Pogal.


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.