Today is October 23, 2018 -
YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS FOR JEWISH SUMMER CAMPS AND ISRAEL TRIPS
Beth El Synagogue Service Grants
A Jewish living experience is the perfect complement to formal Jewish education. To enable our young people to go to Jewish camps or Israel programs, Beth El has established the Service Grant Program. Any full members holding a primary membership with Beth El Synagogue and a registered BESTT or Hebrew High student can receive a grant to attend an approved program and “repay” the grant with service to Beth El during the following school year. Applicants for Israel programs need to provide service in both the years before and after the service grant award. We hope to teach young people the importance of community service through the Service Grant Program while encouraging participation in Jewish experiential programs. When our young people take part in such programs, both the children and Beth El benefit from the experience. We encourage your child’s participation in these programs. Service hours equate to 1 hour per $100 received for students entering grades 8-12. Service hours equate to 1 hour per $200 for students entering grades 3-7. All families, regardless of financial need, are eligible for these grants. An application for the summer of 2019 will be available in January, 2019. We will have a meeting to learn about how to repay service grants on September 16, 2018 at 10:00 am.
Beth El Synagogue and the Jewish Federation of Omaha Passport to Israel
The Passport to Israel program is available from Beth El Synagogue for any full members holding a primary membership with Beth El Synagogue and the Jewish Federation of Omaha. We encourage everyone to contribute to this savings plan. By putting away a small amount every year, which is then matched by both Beth El Synagogue and the Jewish Federation of Omaha, you guarantee your child the opportunity to go to Israel. We encourage our students to go on USY Pilgrimage or any of a variety of Israel programs. It is an experience of a lifetime and we hope you won’t miss out on this opportunity.
Passport to Israel is open to Omaha Jewish youth for funding a future Israel peer program. Money deposited, which can begin as early as kindergarten, is matched by the Jewish Federation of Omaha up to $250 per year. Matching funds are also available from Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, and Temple Israel. Sign-up available year-round. This is a risk-free opportunity to grow $2,000 savings into $6,000!
Eligibility requirements for the grants include (a) applicant must be a resident of the Omaha metropolitan area; (b) applicant, or the applicant’s family, is a donor in good standing to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Omaha; (c) applicant agrees to provide – within one month of return from the program – an article and pictures of the experience for publication in the Jewish Press.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha Jewish Experience Grant
The Jewish Experience Grants program provides a $2,000 non-need grant to families, to encourage attendance at a Jewish summer residential camp. Program requirements include (a) the child’s attendance at religious school the year prior to and the year following the camp experience; (b) the family is a contributor in good standing to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Omaha; (c) the program must be a summer residential Jewish camp recognized by the Jewish Federation of Omaha; and (d) the camp session is a minimum of two weeks.
Israel Experience Grants 2018-2019
The Israel Experience Grant is a one-time grant of $1,500 for students in grades 9-12 or young adults ages 18 to 25 for an approved Israel experience. An additional stipend of $1000 is provided for the bi-annual community teen trip to Israel. The grant may also be used for domestic airfare for participants in any Birthright Israel trip.
Additional Financial Aid
For more information about additional supplemental aid, please contact Executive Director Allison Newfeld.