Prospective students

Welcome to the Alexander Muss High School in Israel!

In this section, you will find all of the basic information you will need to know about the AMHSI program.  It is typically recommended that students begin the application process at least six months prior to the session’s start.

Our students are 10th -12th grade students from all over North America and the world, but mainly from the US and must also be at least 15 years of age to attend an AMHSI session during the academic year. For our summer program, students must have completed 10th grade.   Students who attend AMHSI typically want to be more than just tourists in Israel – they want to learn about Israel’s history and culture from an inside perspective.

Academic year students will also need to coordinate classes to be taken in Israel with their guidance counselor and local Director of Admissions.

The application process includes:

  • Completing the online application
  • Arranging an interview with an AMHSI representative
  • Submitting a letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor
  • Mailing your official high school transcript
  • Uploading all relevant forms
  • Paying the initial deposit to reserve your spot

To request more information about the program, please click here.

To begin the online application process, please click here.  For assistance with the online application, please email Alex Lasky at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you in Israel!

 

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Our campus

AMHSI is a beautiful, green campus within Hod HaSharon, a lovely and safe suburban community located just twenty minutes northeast of Tel Aviv!

Affectionately known by students and staff as “the Hod,” our permanent campus location offers students a more immersive experience, allowing for informal, everyday interactions with the local community  as they become exposed to daily Israeli life.

The campus itself is located within the Mosenson Youth Village, an international facility that educates Israeli students and is also a boarding school for students from around the world, including the former Soviet Union, Germany, France, Hungary, Ethiopia, and others. While AMHSI has its own dormitories and academic facilities, the relationship with Mosenson enables global and Israeli peer-interaction amongst our students.

The AMHSI campus is minutes from the town’s main boulevard, featuring cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and shops of all varieties.  This includes the famous blue falafel stand, popular five-shekel coffee shop chain, Cofix, Agvania, an upscale take-out pizza joint as well as several other options including sushi, Asian, Italian and more.  And there’s always Moshiko – students’ favorite fruit smoothie!

Our four recently renovated dormitories are designed as suites, typically with four students in each room.  Dorm buildings are co-ed but each floor is assigned to just males or females. The suites are furnished with beds, desks, and a closet for each student and each room is also equipped with heat/AC. A common room (moadon) on each floor has a fridge, microwave, and couches for group socializing. A male and female counselor (madrich/a) live on-site in each dorm building with the students.  The dorm definitely becomes a home away from home!

The campus consists of:

  • Administrative and academic classroom buildings
  • Four dormitories with full amenities and laundry facilities
  • Campus-wide, free wireless internet
  • Kosher hadar ochel  (dining hall) providing 3 full meals to students every day
  • Library
  • State-of-the-art radio station
  • Basketball court, athletic grounds, and a fitness center
  • Science labs
  • Synagogue

Click here for directions to our Hod HaSharon campus.

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Israel Studies curriculum

The AMHSI Israel Studies curriculum is an engaging review of Israel and 4,000 years of Jewish history, moving in a linear, chronological fashion from pre-biblical times to the modern Israel period.  It combines formal classroom study with experience-based learning to enable students to form their own sense of peoplehood by placing themselves in the historical narrative of the Jewish people.  It is considered the heart of the AMHSI experience.

What is unique to the course is its approach to experiential learning. By using local historical, geographic and human resources, Israel becomes a tangible, living classroom in which every encounter becomes a teachable moment.

At AMHSI, students will hike up Masada at daybreak to imagine the last stand against the Roman Empire having previously studied the historical context just as students will learn about the foundation of the state of Israel before heading to the desert home of David Ben Gurion!

The way the course is taught allows students  to explore their own connection to the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to make a meaningful Jewish space within their identity in a way that resonates with them.

AMHSI’s experienced educators come from a diversity of backgrounds and are therefore able to connect to students on a variety of levels.  The amount of time students spend with their teachers in class or tiyyulim (field trips),  in addition to the deep and engaging nature of the course, often result in students forming deep connections with their teachers, who become friends and mentors.

Students’ home schools may allow their grade for the course to count towards social studies, English, physical education, and other subjects, in place of their regular requirements. Additionally, students who successfully complete the Israel Studies curriculum are eligible to receive up to six transferable college credits from the University of Miami.

The AMHSI Israel Studies / Jewish History course is an introduction to Jewish civilization over the last 4000 years—from Abraham until today. The course will examine the different manifestations of Judaism (the religion), Jewry (the people) and Jewishness (individual and group identification) through the centuries. As each period of Jewish history is explored, the continuing themes of Jewish existence will be integrated into the cultural, religious, social, economic and political expressions of the era examined.

The second part of the course will consist of an introduction to the origins of Israel as the Jewish homeland and the rise of Jewish nationalism, an examination of Zionist theory and the fulfillment of the goals of Zionism through the return of Jews to the Land and the creation of the State of Israel. The course will look at the early challenges; issues of security and defense. As each period is explored, the cultural, religious, social, economic and political expressions of the era will be examined, including contemporary Israeli society. The course will address Israel’s geo-political status, seek to give an in-depth understanding of the ongoing Palestinian – Israel conflict and consider possibilities for achieving peace.

Click here for a description of the tiyyulim (field trips) of the Israel Studies curriculum.

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General studies

AMHSI is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, ensuring that high school credits earned at AMHSI are fully transferable to students’ US high schools.

The school provides general studies instruction at all levels, including regular, honors, and AP classes as well as IB tutoring. Students who attend an 8-week session will work with the Dean of General Studies, their local Director of Admissions, and their guidance counselor to develop a custom-tailored schedule that will allow students to return home and reenter their home school classes at a level commensurate with their peers.  Semester students will utilize AMHSI curricula and materials.

The campus is also an official testing site for the PSAT and AP exams and students can also take the SAT, IB and ACT exams in Israel.

AMHSI hires our teachers according to the needs of our students and the requirements of the home schools.  Click here to see a list of the courses typically offered by the General Studies program.

 

Transcript Services

Upon return from Israel and culmination of the program, AMHSI will provide each student with an official copy of their academic transcript and a copy of their core program transcript.  An official academic transcript will also be forwarded to the students’ home school for their records.

AMHSI alumni wanting to obtain a copy of their transcript or wishing to send copies of their transcripts to colleges, may request it in this way:

Please email us at [email protected] with the following information:

  1. Your first and last name
  2. Your date of birth
  3. Month and year you attended AMHSI
  4. Core teacher’s name
  5. Complete address(es) where you want the transcripts sent

Please mail a copy of your email along with a check for $5 for each transcript requested to:

AMHSI Transcripts
78 Randall Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY  11570

The requested transcripts will be sent within 3 days of receipt of your payment.

 

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Madrichim (counselors)

Madrichim are English-speaking Israelis who undergo a rigorous selection process and act as students’ confidants, mentors, and parents while away from home.  Our AMHSI madrichim have completed their mandatory service in the IDF and have a strong background in leadership and education, whether it was as an instructor in the army or as a student leader in a youth movement.

Prior to each session, all madrichim receive intensive training in working with youth including healthcare, behavior, cultural differences and sensitivity.  They also learn tools and skills to plan and execute the weekly informal educational activities run by the madrichim.  These activities are meant to better acquaint students with Israeli life and culture.

Madrichim live with students in the dorms in their own madrich/a suite.  They are responsible for students’ daily activities and are constantly in touch, whether it’s updating students on relevant information, conducting group activities and meetings, accompanying students on all field trips, or friendly, informal conversations.  Students often forge strong connections with their madrichim.  This is another wonderful opportunity for students to practice their Hebrew and to learn about Israeli culture out of the classroom!

Madrichim are supervised by a staff headed by the Dean of Students.

 

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Safety and security

The safety and security of our students is our top priority and AMHSI exercises utmost caution in planning and implementing all aspects of the program.

The AMHSI campus is fenced and guarded; when going into town, students must always be with at least one other person.  During free weekends, student travel is coordinated and pre-approved.

When traveling as a group, AMHSI is advised in advance by the appropriate security agencies to ensure students’ safety and stringently adheres to the security regulations imposed by the government of Israel.  During trips, the school is in ongoing contact with the government security authorities who coordinate all student travel in Israel regarding up-to-date security information.  AMHSI uses a private bus company and groups are accompanied by a guard/paramedic.

There are two situations that would lead AMHSI to cancel or shorten our program:

1.   If the US State Department instructed non-essential personnel in the U.S. Embassy to depart Israel and recommended that American civilians depart Israel, as well.

2.  If the “situation room” of the Ministry of Education in Israel recommended canceling all Israeli school field trips.

Should a conflict become a general war or a threat of such a war, AMHSI would send our students home. We will not hesitate to do so and will always prefer to err on the side of caution. We have only sent students home twice during our 43 years of operation; both times when the United States invaded Iraq. In every other security situation, we have adapted our security protocol to guarantee our students’ safety while in Israel.

Full refunds will be provided in the event that a session is canceled.  Full refund of services that were not provided will be granted in the event that a session is shortened.
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Pluralism

AMHSI considers itself a pluralistic environment and welcomes students from all backgrounds to come together as a community.  As an unaffiliated organization, we respect all religious denominations and believe attending our program can be a unique opportunity for students to learn about backgrounds different from their own.

While AMHSI considers itself a Jewish program, non-Jewish students have successfully attended in the past.

All AMHSI activities are Shabbat-friendly and all provided meals are kosher.

Please feel free to contact the Dean of Students regarding any questions about specific issues.
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Tuition and financial aid

For Program Fees, please visit the Sessions page.

The tuition for an unforgettable AMHSI experience includes:
  • The complete academic program
  • All field trips, entrance fees, and ground transportation
  • Room and board
  • Medical insurance
  • Registration fee
  • Campus services fee – this covers books and materials, on-campus health care, internet access, student dorm activities, and laundry services
  • All prices are subject to change
Additional costs not included:
  • Airfare (international to Israel & domestic to NY, if needed)
  • Spending money
  • Off campus laundry services
  • Cell phone rental
  • Standardized testing fees
  • Extra general studies classes (please speak with your local Director of Admissions for more information.)
  • College credits from the University of Miami

Financial Aid

AMHSI provides need-based financial aid to students seeking to attend Alexander Muss High School in Israel. AMHSI will do all in its power to secure funding to enable you to come to Israel for the experience of a lifetime. Interested students must complete the financial aid section of the application and submit it no later than 90 days prior to departure.  Click here for the application. Scholarships and regional assistance may also be available to applicants. AMHSI Directors of Admissions will work alongside students and their families to secure additional funding from local federations, affiliated synagogues, and other community agencies. Below are some various subsidies and scholarship opportunities of which we are aware (this information subject to change). If you do not see your local Federation listed below, check the National Federation Directory to contact your local agency for more information.
 

Loan Options

Sallie Mae

AMHSI-JNF has established a relationship with Sallie Mae, and our programs qualify for their K-12 Family Education Loan.

The K-12 Family Education Loan gives you an effective way to pay for your student’s private education beyond financial aid, personal savings, or traditional payment plans. Visit SallieMae.com/K12 and apply with school code 609501-00.

Hebrew Free Loans

The International Association of Hebrew Free Loans (IAHFL) is an umbrella organization for Hebrew Free Loan societies, organizations that offer interest-free loans. Each member organization in North America has its own rules regarding such things as who may borrow, the maximum loan amount, and the repayment process. However, all offer loans without interest. Loan programs meet a range of different needs and may include loans for education, emergencies, developing small businesses, healthcare and life cycle events and more. Please contact the HFL office in your area for specific details. For information on local HFL societies and their programs view this document.

Plant your way to Israel

Plant Your WayTM to Israel, a program of Jewish National Fund, is a unique opportunity to raise funds for a trip to Israel while supporting the land of Israel and its people.
Please click here to view and download the program flyer.
Students planning to attend the AMHSI program can raise money easily to help them get there! It’s simple. Just register here and create a personalized profile to share with family and friends, who can donate to the program on behalf of the student. 50% of the funds raised will be put in a scholarship fund and can be redeemed towards a trip to Israel. The other 50% is used towards JNF’s transformative work in Israel. For more information, contact [email protected] or 212.879.9305 ext. 245

Regional opportunities

 


East Coast

Connecticut

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven – The Israel Scholarship program is open to high school students who live in the Greater New Haven are. Applications are due by March 9, 2019.

Contact: Beth Kupcho

Website: https://scholarships.jewishnewhaven.org/israel

In order to apply for a scholarship the student is required to submit a 250 word essay reflecting on the Jewish community and their contribution to it. With the essay, the student needs at least 2 recommendation letters.

United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford – The Rabbi Alex J. Goldman Memorial Essay Contest is available for sophomores, juniors and seniors who reside in Stamford, New Canaan or Darien. First prize wins $1,000.

Contact: Diane Sloyer at [email protected] or 203-321-1373

Website: https://www.ujf.org/awards

Students in grades 10-12 can enter an essay contest for the chance to win either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the contest. The amount of money awarded depends on which place the student ranks. The essay is between 500-750 words and must use a provided quote and relate it to their own personal experiences in the Jewish world.

 

Delaware

Jewish Federation of Delaware – The GRATZ High School Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Fund for the Future is awarded to high school students who are attending a summer Israel program.

Contact: (302) 427-2100

Website: http://www.shalomdelaware.org/file_download/inline/efb70a56-7a3e-4ea2-997c-06a2b90373cf

The GRATZ High School Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Fund for the Future, the endowment arm of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, was established by Gratz Hebrew High School in 2011. Merit scholarships are awarded to high school students ages 12-19 attending a program in Israel, a Jewish Camp, or some other form of educational Jewish program. The amount available is determined annually by the proceeds of the fund. Attached on the website is the application that needs to be filled out.

 

Maryland

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore – The Community Fund for Israel Experience provides limited, need-based scholarships to high school students who are residents of Baltimore City/County. Applications are due by April 1, 2019.

Contact: Reena Roshgadol at [email protected] or 410-735-5024.

Website: https://www.cjebaltimore.org/CFIE

The Community Fund for Israel Experiences (CFIE) provides limited, need-based scholarships to high-school and first year post-high school students who are residents of Baltimore City/County OR a student participating in a class trip of a Jewish school located in Baltimore City/County.  We strongly encourage all students, who may qualify, to fill out an application even they are unsure if they will be participating in an Israel program.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington – Israel Quest offers up to $1,850 to high school students who reside in the Great Washington area.

Contact: 301-230-7200

Website: https://www.shalomdc.org/israelquest/

The Israel Quest (IQ) grant program is funded and administered by the United Jewish Endowment Fund and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. In order to be eligible to apply the student must be Jewish, reside in the Greater Washington area, and want to travel to Israel during 9th -12th grades or summers immediately thereafter (post-high school year course programs are ineligible.). As IQ funds are limited, we ask that the parents/guardians of a teen choosing to apply indicate that an IQ grant is financially required and would have a significant impact on their ability and decision to send their teen on the selected trip. The student must also be officially registered for an Israel trip which is a teen, peer, substantive educational program that has been approved or qualifies for approval under current IQ guidelines. (Family, day school and congregational family trips are ineligible.)

 

Massachusetts

Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston – In partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, CJP offers scholarship for Israel travel programs that last a minimum of 12 days.

Contact: Stacey G. 617-457-8694 [email protected]

Website: https://www.cjp.org/our-work/israel-overseas/israel-teen-travel

In an effort to increase the number of teens traveling to Israel during high school, CJP is increasing funding for our Israel Summer Teen Travel Scholarship program, in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation. These scholarships make Israel summer experiences more affordable by subsidizing up to one-third of the program cost. Programs lasting a minimum of 12 days in Israel may be eligible, and scholarship applications are considered in two rounds. Attached in the link below is a list of the possible summer programs through CJP:

https://www.cjp.org/our-work/israel-overseas/israel-teen-travel/summer-programs

Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford – Grants for travel to Israel made possible by the Harvey Friedland Israel Youth Experience Memorial Fund and the Evelyn Rosen Youth Israel Travel Fund are available to Jewish teens residing in the Greater New Bedford area.

Contact: (508) 997-7471 [email protected]

Website: http://www.jewishnewbedford.org/israel.html

Grants are available for teens residing in the Greater Bedford area for travel/study in Israel. Requests must be written. For more information please contact Olga Yorish at [email protected]

 

New Jersey

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey – Grants up to $1,000 are available for all high school students in the Greater MetroWest community.

Contact: (973) 929-3000

Website: https://www.jfedgmw.org/global-connections/travel-opportunities

All Jewish high school students (ages 14-18) in the Greater MetroWest community are eligible to receive a grant of up to $1,000 from Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ for travel to Israel on an educational peer group trip. Qualified programs include those organized by a synagogue, school, youth group, or organization for a minimum of ten days. Guidelines apply.

Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey – Grants up to $1,000 are available for high school students who reside in Middlesex and Monmouth County.

Website: https://jewishheartnj.org/getsupport/individuals-and-families/teen-travel-to-israel

Contact: 732.588.1800 [email protected]

The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey provides assistance to enable as many Jewish youth as possible to have meaningful Jewish experiences. Need-based camp scholarships are available for youth who demonstrate financial need. Federation will award “last dollar” scholarships, taking into account both the family’s income and other scholarship awards received. Scholarship recipients are between the ages of 5-18 years old, reside in Middlesex or Monmouth County and identify as Jewish. Attached below is a link to the application form:

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-110/2/2019%2520Need-Based%2520Camp%2520Scholarship%2520Application.pdf

Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties – Scholarship is available for high school students visiting Israel for the first time with a recognized youth program.

Website: https://jfedshaw.org/summer-scholarship

Contact: 908-758-2006 [email protected]

Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey – Scholarship is available teens in grades 9-12 to attend an organized teen Israel experience for three weeks or more.

 

New York

Jewish Federation of Central New York – The Israel Experience Grant offers scholarship for high school students who have not participated on an organized trip to Israel.

Website: http://jewishfederationcny.org/?page_id=3313

Contact: Judith Stander 315-445-0161×114  [email protected]

Students must be current high school students and have completed at least the 10th grade of a Jewish education program or expect to complete it by this spring.  This can be done through the Federation-supported Epstein High School of Jewish Studies or the equivalent. To receive an application email Judith Stander at [email protected]

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County – The Israel Experience Scholarship Fun offers partial scholarship for Jewish teens residing in Orange County.

Website: https://jewishorangeny.org/israel-experience-scholarships

Contact: 845 562 7860 [email protected]

There are two scholarships offered, The Israel Experience Scholarship and The Jack and Jessica Blinkoff Scholarship. For the Israel Scholarship each recipient will be asked to write a one-page essay about their Israel experience to be published either in the Federation newspaper or online in exchange for scholarship funding. Each recipient will also be asked to give back fifteen hours as a volunteer at their respective congregation, Jewish Family Service, the Newburgh JCC or within an approved organization or with the Federation. This project must include some sort of mitzvah (good deed) component that would not otherwise happen unless the applicant made it happen. For the Blinkoff Scholarship one must need 3 recommendation letters and the funding will be rewarded based on financial need and merit.

Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York – Scholarship is available for teens wanting to participate on summer program to Israel.

Website: https://www.jewishfedny.org/services/scholarships/

Contact: Rebecca Miller (518) 783-7800 ext. 225 [email protected]

Jewish Federation of NY provides a list of different scholarships for students depending on their financial needs. Attached is a link below with the list of scholarship options:

https://www.jewishfedny.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-academic-scholarships-1.pdf

Jewish Federation of Ulster County – Scholarship for summer programs in Israel is available for teens age 16-18.

Website: https://www.jewishfedny.org/services/scholarships/

Contact: Rebecca Miller (518) 783-7800 ext. 225 [email protected]

Jewish Federation of NY provides a list of different scholarships for students depending on their financial needs. Attached is a link below with the list of scholarship options:

https://www.jewishfedny.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-academic-scholarships-1.pdf

UJA-Federation of New York – Israel Experience Center at UJA provides scholarship to teens in New York, Westchester and Long Island participating in a summer Israel program.

Website: https://www.jewishfedny.org/services/scholarships/

Contact: Rebecca Miller (518) 783-7800 ext. 225 [email protected]

Jewish Federation of NY provides a list of different scholarships for students depending on their financial needs. Attached is a link below with the list of scholarship options:

https://www.jewishfedny.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-academic-scholarships-1.pdf

   

 Pennsylvania

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia – Israel Program Scholarship Aid Fund offers scholarship for teens from the five-county Greater Philadelphia area who wish to travel to Israel.

Website: https://form.jotform.com/73045735628966

Contact: Jewish Life and Learning at scholarshi[email protected]

In order to apply for an Israel Scholarship Program, one must need to be in eighth grade or older, with a permanent address in the five-county Greater Philadelphia area. In addition, students who attend Jewish Day School in Greater Philadelphia but live outside of the five-county area may apply for aid for their day school sponsored Israel trip. An individual may receive up to two Israel program scholarships for two different Israel experiences in non-consecutive years. Depending on your age and financial needs the scholarships will differ.

Greater Altoona Jewish Federation – Jewish Y.E.S. provides needs based scholarships up to $2,500 for teens wishing to participate in an Israel program.

Website: http://www.greateraltoonajewishfederation.org/index.html

Contact: (814) 515-1182 [email protected]

The Federation is willing and able to assist financially. The application for Federation grants (available to any child upon request) and needs based scholarships (up to $2500) is attached below.

http://www.greateraltoonajewishfederation.org/pdf/09campapp.pdf

Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster – JCAL helps students attend a summer trip to Israel.

Website: https://www.jcalancaster.org/jcal.html

Contact: (717) 569-7352 [email protected]

Contact JCAL for information on scholarship that they are able to provide or direct you to.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh – Offers both need-based and non-need based scholarships up to $1,750 to send teens to Israel.

Website: https://jewishpgh.org/scholarships/

Contact: 412-681-8000 [email protected]

Complete the online application located at http://grantmakingportal.fluidreview.com; you must create an account with a log-in and password and complete the eligibility quiz in order to access the application.

Jewish Federation of Reading – High school students who participate in NFTY in Israel can apply for an award up to $250 toward the cost of registration.

Website: https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-90/262/student%2520application.pdf

Contact: 610-921-0624 [email protected]

Thanks to the work of the Educational Committee, the Federation is proud to offer Jewish children/students, who are residents of our Berks County Jewish community, monetary awards to help support their participation in programs that nurture Jewish identity, leadership and connections with their culture, history and Israel. On our website is a list of scholarships available. If you have questions pertaining to your child/children’s eligibility for any of the offerings below, please do not hesitate to contact William D. Franklin at the Federation office – 610- 921-0624.

Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley – Scholarship is awarded for teens in 9-12 grade who reside in the Lehigh Valley area who wish to travel on an Israel program.

Website: https://jewishlehighvalley.org/scholarships

Contact: 610-821-5500 [email protected]

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the Annual Maggie Levine Essay Contest. The essay contest, established to recognize an outstanding essay submitted by a teenager interested in enrolling in the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), is open to all Jewish 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The winner(s) will receive a generous prize toward the cost of the AMHSI program. The theme of the essay should address “How Israel is part of my Jewish identity and/or how the High School in Israel experience will help shape my relationship with Israel.” Teens must be in grades 9 through 12 and reside in the Lehigh Valley area. The program may be located outside of the Lehigh Valley. Membership at an area synagogue, Jewish youth group and/or the JCC is preferred, but not required. The education experience must be organized by a recognized Jewish organization. The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley has another funding program called The VISIT program. This program is a saving partnership that helps diffuse the costs of your child’s trip to Israel. You can register with the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdssm8KeRHtscXO-YEEv5QZNv1LxwcshWEnmndj4H2VIQZzaA/viewform

 

Rhode Island

Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island – The Jewish Alliance offers grants and needs-based scholarships for trips to Israel.

Website: https://www.jewishallianceri.org/jewish-life/teens/

Contact: 401.421.4111

The Jewish Alliance offers grants and needs-based scholarships for educational trips to Israel and study experiences there. Funds are distributed in the Fall and Spring for programs that may take place any time of the year. For more information, email Larry Katz at [email protected] or call 401.421.4111, ext. 179.

 

Virginia

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington – Israel Quest program provides up to $1,850 for participants from the Greater Washington area.

Website: https://www.shalomdc.org/israelquest/

Contact: (301) 230-7200 [email protected]

Recipients must be Jewish, reside in the Greater Washington area, and want to travel to Israel during 9th -12th grades or summers immediately thereafter (post-high school year course programs are ineligible.). As IQ funds are limited, we ask that the parents/guardians of a teen choosing to apply indicate that an IQ grant is financially required and would have a significant impact on their ability and decision to send their teen on the selected trip. The recipient must also be officially registered for an Israel trip which is a teen, peer, substantive educational program that has been approved or qualifies for approval under current IQ guidelines. (Family, day school and congregational family trips are ineligible.) Submit applications to [email protected] or call the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at 301-230-7200.

 

Washington D.C.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington – Israel Quest program provides up to $1,850 for participants from the Greater Washington area.

Website: https://www.shalomdc.org/israelquest/

Contact: (301) 230-7200 [email protected]

Recipients must be Jewish, reside in the Greater Washington area, and want to travel to Israel during 9th -12th grades or summers immediately thereafter (post-high school year course programs are ineligible.). As IQ funds are limited, we ask that the parents/guardians of a teen choosing to apply indicate that an IQ grant is financially required and would have a significant impact on their ability and decision to send their teen on the selected trip. The recipient must also be officially registered for an Israel trip which is a teen, peer, substantive educational program that has been approved or qualifies for approval under current IQ guidelines. (Family, day school and congregational family trips are ineligible.) Submit applications to [email protected] or call the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at 301-230-7200.

 

Midwest

Illinois

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago – The Jewish United Fund and the Naftali Steinfeld Memorial Scholarship fund offers need-based scholarships for Israel travel for teens coming from the Chicago Metropolitan area.

Website: https://www.juf.org/israel_experience/ccip.aspx

Contact: 312-346-6700

The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation and the Naftali Steinfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund offer scholarships based on financial need for high school students participating in approved Israel Experience programs. The applicant must be enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 (this includes graduating seniors who are going on a post-high school program). Applicant must demonstrate financial need. Applicant must reside in metropolitan Chicago.  Applicants living outside Illinois but attending school in the Chicago area are not eligible to apply.

 

Indiana

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis – Offers scholarship for Israel youth experiences to individuals up to 12th grade in the greater Indianapolis Jewish community. Application is due March 1, 2019.

Website: https://www.jewishindianapolis.org/endowment-planned-giving/israel-camp-scholarships

Contact: 317-726-5450 [email protected]

The Jewish Federation is proud to provide subsidy scholarships and grants for educational initiatives enabling parents to send their children for the first time to summer camps as well as to participate in approved Israel Experience programs. Nothing makes Jewish identity and history come alive for young people like an Israel Experience Program or a Jewish summer camp. On our website is a list of a few different scholarships for a trip to Israel as well as funding for Jewish summer camps.

Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley – Offers scholarship for Teen Israel trips for teens currently enrolled in high school.

Website: https://www.thejewishfed.org/programs/scholarships

Contact: 574.233.1164  [email protected]   

The Jewish Federation prides itself on our commitment to continued education and Jewish experiences for everyone regardless of financial ability. With the support of our generous donors we offer Camp Ideal, teen Israel trips and Jewish residential summer camp scholarships for our youth, as well as the Craig and Carol Kapson Scholarship and the Lillian and Harvey Roland Scholarship for undergrads and the Neil and Leah Silver Advanced Degree Scholarship for our grad students. On our website are possible scholarships for your specific situation.

 

Kansas

Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation – The Israel Experience scholarship provides non-need based scholarships up to $1,250 for teens in grades 10-12.

Website: http://mkjf.org/joomla/index.php/what-we-do/community-continuity/43-it-s-time-to-think-about-summer-camp-teen-experiences

Contact: 316-686-4741 or email [email protected]

To make these summers a reality, the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation provides non-need-based scholarships for first time campers (up to $1,250). Need-based assistance is also available to attend after the first year. For Jewish teens that have aged out of being a camper but still want a Jewish summer experience, the MKJF offers scholarships for Jewish “Teen Experiences”(examples include BBYO Summer Experiences, Adamah Adventures Teen Treks or Camp Tawonga Adventure Quests). The MKJF also offers an “Israel Experience” scholarship to encourage Jewish high school students to visit Israel. These non-need-based scholarships are available to teens in grades 10 – 12.

Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City – The Rabbi Gershon Hadas Guardian Society for Children is a community fund to assist families in sending their teens on an Israel program.

 

Kentucky

Jewish Community of Louisville – The Ellen and Milton Cantor Israel Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship to a high school junior or senior from the greater Louisville area to subsidize the cost of an Israel trip.

Website: https://jewishlouisville.org/federation/foundation/jewish-foundation-louisville-scholarships/

Contact: 502-459-0660

For children and young adults, overnight Jewish summer camp experiences, Israel trips and other intensive Jewish experiences are among the strongest positive influences on Jewish identity. While these experiences are critically important, they are also expensive and often put a strain on family resources, which might prevent children from attending. To enable as many children as possible to take advantage of these opportunities, the Jewish Foundation of Louisville has a program and several scholarships available that can help with these programs. Written applications must be submitted to the Jewish Foundation of Louisville. Each candidate must also include the recommendation of a Jewish communal professional (rabbi, youth group leader, religious school principal, etc.). Applicants demonstrating financial need will be given preference, but other criteria will be considered as well. Attached on our website is a list of possible scholarships for you.

Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass – Offers up to $1,000 for Jewish youth of central Kentucky who wish to participate in a high school Israel program.

Website: https://jewishlexington.org/get-involved/jewish-family-services

Contact: (859) 268-0672 [email protected]

Want to give your kids a great Jewish experience this year but worried about the cost? Each year during late Winter and Spring, JFS accepts applications for camperships and scholarships. Scholarships are specifically for Israel programs. Camperships are open to ANY Jewish day or overnight camp in our region, including our local Camp Shalom. Attached below is the application:

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-67/2/Campership%2520App%25202019.pdf

 

Michigan

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor – High school students from the Greater Ann Arbor area provides up to $1,000 for travel to Israel on a summer program.

Website: https://www.jewishannarbor.org/israel/israel-trip-scholarships

Contact: 734-677-0100 [email protected]

The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor believes in the value of Israel experiences for teenagers. To help make participation in these trips possible, we administer two programs that provide financial assistance to high school students from Greater Ann Arbor. The links to the applications for Federation’s Israel Scholarships and for The Susan L. Lichter Memorial Endowed Israel Scholarship Fund are attached below.

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-40/2/Subsidy%2520Application%25202019%25282%2529.pdf

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-40/2/2019%2520Lichter%2520Scholarship%2520form.pdf

 

Minnesota

Minneapolis Jewish Federation – The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund and the Israel Center Scholarship Fund both offer scholarship for teens ages 15-18 traveling on an Israel summer program.

Website: https://jewishminneapolis.org/livejewish-in-minneapolis/scholarships/

Contact: 952-593-2600 [email protected]

The Minneapolis Jewish Federation offers a number of needs-based scholarships to assist with the cost of Israel travel. The Minneapolis Jewish Federation offers a number of scholarships to help community members experience Israel. Listed on our website are different scholarships for specific age groups as well as specific programs.

Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul – St. Paul Israel Experience Scholarship offers scholarships for teens living in St. Paul who are participating on an approved Israel experience program.

Website: https://jewishstpaul.org/community/scholarships

Contact: 651-690-1707 [email protected]

Israel experience scholarships are available to those ages 13-22. Funding is limited, and scholarship amounts are subject to change. The link to the Israel Scholarship Application is attached below:

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-103/2/Israel_Scholarship_Application_2019.pdf

 

Missouri

Jewish Federation of St. Louis – Offers up to $750 for teens between 9th-12th grade who reside in St. Louis.

Website: https://www.jfedstl.org/community-engagement/israel-center/teen-young-adult-subsidies/

Contact: (314) 432-0020 [email protected]

The Israel Center offers several different types of scholarships and grants to ease the cost of a quality Israel experience. Four St. Louis high school students will be awarded $1,250 each from the Stuart I. Pessin Scholarship fund for travel to Israel in 2018. Candidates will be considered on the basis of a combination of academic and personal achievement. Travel grants are awarded for ages 14-26.

 

Nebraska

Jewish Federation of Lincoln – Provides funding for teens attending a program in Israel.

Website: http://jewishlincoln.org/camp-scholarships/

Contact: [email protected]

The  Jewish Federation of Omaha administers a wide variety of scholarship and grant funds that provide financial assistance for preschool, Jewish residential camps, JCC day camp, Israel trips, youth group activities, Friedel Jewish Academy, adult education, undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical, yeshiva and professional studies.  Scholarships are awarded on a financial-need basis. Grant programs have separate requirements which are listed on the grant application form and are not financial-need based. Any questions on scholarship and grant opportunities should be directed to Diane Walker at [email protected] or (402) 334-6407.

Jewish Federation of Omaha – There is a wide variety of financial-need base scholarship and grant funds available for teens traveling to Israel.

Website: http://www.jewishomaha.org/education/scholarships-and-grants/view/scholarships/

Contact: (402) 334-6407 [email protected]

The  Jewish Federation of Omaha administers a wide variety of scholarship and grant funds that provide financial assistance for preschool, Jewish residential camps, JCC day camp, Israel trips, youth group activities, Friedel Jewish Academy, adult education, undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical, yeshiva and professional studies.  Scholarships are awarded on a financial-need basis. Grant programs have separate requirements which are listed on the grant application form and are not financial-need based. Any questions on scholarship and grant opportunities should be directed to Diane Walker at [email protected] or (402) 334-6407.

 

Ohio

Jewish Federation of Cincinnati – Offers up to $6,500 for teens aged 16-18 who currently reside in Cincinnati.

Website: https://cincyjourneys.org/israel/high-school

Contact: 513-985-1500 [email protected]

Through Cincy Journeys, every Jewish Cincinnati high school student is eligible for a grant of up to $6,500 to travel to Israel. Applicants must be Jewish, ages 16-18 (or have completed 10th grade), and from Cincinnati. Grants aren’t based on financial need. Fill out the application online.

Jewish Federation of Columbus – Israel Experience grants are for recipients of at least 14 years of age who became bar/bat mitzvah in Columbus, Ohio. Teens participating on a 4+ week high school trips can receive up to $2,000.

Website: https://jewishcolumbus.org/israel-experience/israel-experience-2/

Contact: 614.237.7686 [email protected]

Through our Israel Experience grants program, Jewish Columbus has sent nearly 700 teens and young adults to Israel since 2005. Israel Experience grants are available for Columbus residents between the ages of 14-27 who became a bar/bat mitzvah in Columbus, Ohio. Israel Experience participants or parents of participant must be residents within the boundaries of Jewish Columbus’ community campaign. The link to more information and the application is attached below:

https://jewishcolumbus.org/israel-experience/israel-experience-2/israel-experience-application/

Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton – Dayton area Jewish teens are eligible to apply for the Wolfe Marcus Trust Youth Travel to Israel Scholarship.

Website: https://jewishdayton.org/program/scholarships-and-student-loans/

Contact: 937-610-1555

Dayton area Jewish teens and young adults, ages 14-21, are invited to apply for the Wolfe Marcus Trust Youth Travel to Israel Scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and plan to travel to Israel during the summer of 2019. Application deadline is February 28. Awards will be announced on March 22. Opportunities for student loan grants are also available through Dayton federation. The Application for scholarships is attached on our website.

 

Wisconsin

Jewish Federation of Madison – Stipends up to $1,500 are available for high school students from Dane County participating in an Israel program for three weeks or longer.

Website: https://www.jewishmadison.org/about-us/teen-israel-trip-stipend

Contact: (608) 278-1808 [email protected]

Does your teenager want to travel to Israel on an organized trip? The Jewish Federation of Madison wants to help! The Federation now has stipends available for up to $1500 per student to help with teen trips to Israel. Students entering ninth grade through the end of twelfth grade are eligible for a one time grant. Students must reside in Dane County. The application must be submitted online:

https://www.jewishmadison.org/israel-teen-trip-stipend-application

 

South

Alabama

The Jewish Federation of Central Alabama – Offers up to $1,000 for high schools students to visit Israel for the first time.

Website: https://jewishmontgomery.org/camp-scholarships

Contact: 334-277-5820 [email protected]

The Jewish Federation of Central Alabama makes Israel Program grants available to local Jewish families and youth. It is the intent of the JFCA to encourage Jewish persons (high school youth, college students and young adults) to visit and engage with Israel. By doing so, we hope that the numbers of those who have the opportunity to go to Israel will increase. The application is attached below:

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-112/2/2019%2520ISRAEL%2520SCHOLARSHIP%2520%2520APPLICATION%2520%2528YOUTH%2529.pdf

 

Arkansas

Jewish Federation of Arkansas – The Thalheimer Israel Scholarship fund offers scholarships for teens to travel to Israel.

Website: http://www.jewisharkansas.org/thalheimer-israel-scholarships/

Contact: (501) 663-3571 [email protected]

Thanks to a generous endowment from the Thalheimer family, Jewish Federation is able to offer scholarships for young adults to study and travel in Israel. To apply, please submit a 1-2 page description of the Israel program with which you will travel/study, including how you will benefit, what your experience will enable you to bring back to the Arkansas Jewish community, and a budget (indicating the specific amount you are requesting from JFAR) to [email protected]

 

Florida

Jewish Federation of Broward County – High school students from Broward County seeking to go to Israel for 3-8 weeks. Application opens in early 2019.

Website: https://www.jewishbroward.org/portal/high-school-israel-experience-scholarships

Contact: 954-252-6900 [email protected]

The Jewish Federation of Broward County is currently accepting applications from high school students seeking to participate in recognized Israel programs before high school graduation. To qualify, participants must be High School students, entering 10th to 12th grade in September and members of Broward County Jewish households (including interfaith families). Applicants must submit a short essay telling us why they want to participate and what they expect to gain from their participation. Following completing the application, applicants must agree to perform ten (10) hours of volunteer (community) service in the Jewish community prior to the trip – at the Jewish organization of choice.

Greater Miami Jewish Federation – Offers need-based scholarship for Miami-Dade County residents for teens over the age of 15.

Website: https://jewishmiami.org/about/departments/israel_overseas/looking_for_scholarships/index.html

Contact: 305.576.4000

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation offers need-based assistance for Miami-Dade County residents, ages 15-26. Funding is one time only, and awards are based on need and length of an approved Israel program, which must contain Jewish educational content. Applicants must complete and return an application, along with their family’s financial information (IRS form 1040), and a letter of acceptance or invoice from the program. The application is attached below:

https://jewishmiami.org/about/departments/israel_overseas/israel_experiences/IsraelScholarshipCriteriaandApplication_revised_4.19.17.pdf

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples – Offers partial scholarships for educational programs and experiences in Israel for families residing in Collier County. App is due February 1, 2019.

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County – Applicants must be living in Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach and have not received an Israel Experience Program scholarship in the past.

Website: https://jewishpb.org/fed/index.php/resources/#scholarships

Contact: 561.478.0700 [email protected]

Federation is proud to offer scholarships, grants and incentives for families who demonstrate financial need, as well as financial support for Jewish students who demonstrate academic excellence and community involvement. Applicants must be Jewish and living in the Federation Service Area: Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach. The application is attached below:

https://hebrewfreeloan.wufoo.com/forms/m6ez5l603l9q0n/

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee – Provides up to $2,500 for Jewish high school students from Sarasota or Manatee County participating in an experiential or volunteer base program for at least 3 weeks.

Website: https://jfedsrq.org/skip

Contact: 941.371.4546 [email protected]

The Send-a-Kid-to-Israel Program (SKIP) provides subsidies up to $2,500 for teens and young adults to travel to Israel. This program is an important part of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s commitment to continuity and identity for our community. To participate in this program, you must identify as a Jewish person, and be between the ages of 13 and 30. Please click the Guidelines PDF image at right to download a complete listing of the program guidelines:

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-13/2/SKIP%2520Program%2520Guidelines_1.pdf

 

Louisiana

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans – The Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program scholarship provides funding for high school students participant in an Israel summer program.

Website: https://jewishnola.com/goi

Contact: 504-780-5600 [email protected]

Together with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and area synagogues, your child’s Israel experience is closer than you realize. One of the keenest goals of many Jewish parents is to help their child connect with Israel at a young age. There are many organized Israel teen trips each year originating from North America. Each brings its special brand of fun, excitement and learning to the teen Israel experience. Start building Jewish identity now to guarantee our Jewish future. Contact Michelle Neal ([email protected]) to learn more about the scholarship funds available for Israel programs for teens.

North Louisiana Jewish Federation – The Federation provides scholarship for trips to Israel for contributing members of the Federation.

Website: https://www.jewishnla.org

Contact: 318-868-1200 [email protected]

The Federation subsidizes trips to Israel, with the following guidelines. Applicants must be contributing members of the Federation. The award amounts will be decided by the Executive Board of the Federation. To apply for the above scholarships or subsidies, please email or mail a letter of request to the Executive Director.

 

North Carolina

Greensboro Jewish Federation – Greensboro Jewish Federation Greensboro Israel Experience Grant (residents of greater Greensboro) and The Jacke W. and Lottie K. Samet Israel Scholarship Fund (residents of Guilford country) are open to teens looking to participate in a program to Israel.

Website: https://www.shalomgreensboro.org/jewish-family-services/israel-grants-and-scholarships

Contact: 336-852-5433

Greensboro Jewish Federation Greensboro Israel Experience Grant. To be eligible for grants, applicants must be Jewish residents of greater Greensboro between 16 and 23 years old and participating in a program for 12 months or less. Please note applicant and program eligibility criteria in the guidelines:

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-62/2/GJF2018-2019%2520Israel%2520Experience%2520Grant%2520ProgramWhole.pdf

Another grant offered is The Jacke W. and Lottie K. Samet Israel Scholarship Fund which was established in 1995 by the children of Jacke and Lottie Samet in memory of their parents. The purpose of the fund is to enable Jewish youth living in Guilford county to participate in their first travel, study, and/or cultural peer-group programs in Israel sponsored by Jewish organizations. Financial need and merit are the primary considerations in awarding grants. Guidelines can be found on our website.

Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill – Offers up to $1,000 for high schools students who wish to participate in a summer program to Israel.

Website: https://www.shalomdch.org/see-how-we-help/who-we-help/teens/

Contact: 919-354-4936

Attached on our website are different scholarships and programs for your child. The different scholarships allow yo to find the perfect one that fits your child. The Ma’aser Fund is one option. To qualify for matching donations from the Ma’aser Fund, the young philanthropist must commit to donating one-tenth of the money received as Bar and Bat Mitzvah presents to one or more recognized charities of the student’s choosing. The student must also commit to donating one-tenth of earned income and allowance to any charity or charities each year through the first post-high school year, up to a maximum of $1,000.

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte – The Jewish Experience Fund and the Gorelick Teens to Israel Fund both offer scholarship for teens travel to Israel.

Website: https://jewishcharlotte.org/home/israel/jewish-experiences

Contact: 704.944.6757 [email protected]

The Jewish Federation is proud to provide scholarships and special grants for all types of educational initiatives enabling parents to send their children to summer camps as well as to participate in Israel Experience programs. Nothing makes Jewish identity and history come alive for young people like an Israel Experience Program or a Jewish summer camp. On our website are three possible funds that will help your child to have an amazing experience in Israel.

 

Tennessee

Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga – The Israel Grants provides up to $2,500 for teens who wish to participate in a travel program to Israel.

Website: https://jewishchattanooga.com/education-grants/grants-scholarships/israel-grants-qualifications-and-guidelines/

Contact: (423) 493-0270 [email protected]

The purpose of the Israel Grants is to provide supplemental financial aid to be applied toward educational and Jewish identity-strengthening programs in Israel. This grant reflects the Federation’s desire to increase the number of those who will have the opportunity to go to Israel. This is a one-time grant. However, second year and future year grants will also be given if funds are available (first time applicants have priority; then second time, etc). Grant applications are due on December 15. Grants are in amounts of $1750 to $2,500 for year programs and $2,500 for summer programs per applicant (up to one-half of the program cost). Grants will be awarded primarily on merit based upon the applicant’s motivations and achievements as measured by the response to the applicant’s questions and to personal interview(s) with the selection committee. The application is attached below:

http://www.jewishchattanooga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2018-Israel-Grant-Application.pdf

Memphis Jewish Federation – The Lemsky Fund offers subsidies for high school students to participate in summer programs in Israel.

Website: https://jcpmemphis.org/lemsky-endowment-fund

Contact: 901-767-7100 [email protected]

The Lemsky Endowment Fund of Memphis Jewish Federation, established through the generosity of the late Abe Lemsky z’l, further enables Federation to strengthen the bonds between Memphis and Israel through a variety of programs. The Lemsky Endowment Fund offers grants for teens and young adults to participate in educational programs in Israel. Rising high school juniors and seniors in the Memphis Jewish community are eligible for up to $3000 in funding to participate in a recognized summer or semester program in Israel, while high school graduates in the Memphis Jewish community are eligible for up to $4000 in funding to participate in a recognized gap year, summer, or semester program in Israel (through age 32). MJF is thrilled to announce the creation of a new Lemsky Endowment Fund initiative providing travel subsidies for first-time Memphis Jewish adults participating in an organized Israel trip, who have demonstrated financial need. Any Jewish Memphian over age 32 (post Birthright) who joins a Memphis-based Federation, Synagogue or JCC trip to Israel may request from Memphis Jewish Federation a flight subsidy of up to $1500 for a coach ticket to Israel.

Jewish Federation & Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee – The Mary & Harry Zimmerman Youth Exchange Endowment Fund offers grants for 9-12 graders traveling to Israel.

Website: https://www.jewishnashville.org/israel-incentive-grants

Contact: 615-356-3242 [email protected]

The next generation’s commitment to the Jewish people can be greatly affected by the experience of being in Israel as a teen. The Jewish Federation of Nashville realizes this benefit and encourages families to consider sending their young people to Israel by offering incentive grants. These grants are available to 9th-12th graders as well as college students through the Mary & Harry Zimmerman Youth Exchange Endowment Fund. Attached below are the progam guidelines and application:

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-9/2/2016%2520Zimmerman%2520Incentive%2520Grant%2520Application.pdf

 

Texas

Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas – Offers need-based scholarship for Dallas teens to participate in a summer program in Israel.

Website: https://jewishdallas.org/israel-overseas/israel-scholarships

Contact: 214-369-3313 [email protected]

Is your teen going to Israel this year? The Israel & Overseas Department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas offers needs-based scholarships for teens to participate on the March of the Living or a summer program in Israel. In order to qualify for the scholarships, applicants must live in Dallas, demonstrate financial need, be a current high school student and have the same status at the time of the Israel program, and plan to participate in a recognized Israel experience program that is longer than 10 days and has educational content. Email or call for more information.

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston – Offers need-based scholarship for a summer trip to Israel for Houston residents in 10-12 grade.

Website: https://www.houstonjewish.org/houston-education/scholarships-2018

Contact: 713-729-7000 [email protected]

For more than 40 years, the Jewish Federation has made it possible for Houston families with financial needs to provide an intensive Jewish educational summer experience for their children by providing financial assistance for camp and Israel scholarships. All scholarships are need-based. In order to apply the applicant must be a Houston Jewish resident, in grade 10th, 11th, 12th grade OR taking a gap-year, and must be sponsored by a Jewish organization. Attached on our website are more guidelines as well as the application.

Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso – Offers financial aid for families who wish to send their teen on an Israel experience.

 

West Coast

Arizona

Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix – The Harold & Jean Grossman Teen Israel Experience Scholarship Fund is available for teens 15-18 years old who live in Greater Phoenix and are attending a program in Israel that lasts at least 16 days.

Website: https://jewishphoenix.org/resources/#teen-israel

Contact: 480.634.4900 [email protected]

Have a teen going to Israel? Apply for a Harold & Jean Grossman Teen Israel Experience Scholarship Fund grant, made possible by a generous endowment from Harold (z”l) and Jean Grossman. 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. For more information and the types of programs we fund, please contact [email protected]

 

California

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties – Provides multiple scholarship options, including need-based and need-blind scholarship for high school students in Sonoma and Marin Counties, San Francisco and the Peninsula from Mountain View north.

Website: https://jewishfed.org/how-we-help/opportunities-support/scholarships/israel-experiences-teens-and-young-adults

Contact: 415.777.0411 [email protected]

Recognizing the impact of Israel travel/experiences, the Federation provides need-based scholarships for both short-term organized teen trips (first-time, grades 8-12) and 5-12 month Masa Israel-approved programs for young adults ages 18-26. There are two scholarship programs. One scholarship is for ages 8-12 and the other is for post-high school graduates ages 18-26. Applicants must live in the Federation’s service area.

Jewish Federation of the East Bay – Scholarship is available for high school students who reside in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, or Solano Counties.

Website: https://www.jfed.org/financial-aid/#1495824867782-0639f8d5-8a2f

Contact: 510.809.4900 [email protected]

Federation and Foundation provide funding annually to strengthen Jewish life and learning opportunities for East Bay children and teens. We offer need-based financial assistance to teens, college students, and young adults for travel and study in Israel and for children and teens to attend overnight camp outside the Bay Area. Listed on our website are the application deadlines for our financial aid programs. For questions regarding financial assistance, please contact Rabbi Andrew Kastner at [email protected] or 510.809.4934.

Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles – The POST Partnership Grant offers up to $500 for participants traveling to Israel for the first time on a group trip.

Website: https://www.jewishla.org/program/israel-experience-grants/

Contact: (323) 761-8000 [email protected]

Our Federation offers several ways for young people to get the financial aid they need to help make the dream of a trip to Israel a reality. Our goal is to make it possible for the youth of our community to explore and strengthen their own Jewish identity in our homeland. Accepted applicants will receive a $500 incentive award toward their Israel trips, paid directly to the trip providers on behalf of the travel participant. Guidelines for this award are listed on our website. The Federation also offers a need-based Israel youth travel scholarship for families seeking additional financial support. You may apply for both the incentive award and the need-based scholarship. Need-based scholarship applicants must meet the same eligibility requirements as for the POST Partnership Incentive Award (see above) and show a need for additional support. Guidelines for both grants as well as the application are listed on our website.

Jewish Federation of San Diego County – My Israel Journey Teen Subsidy Program offers up to $1,750 for teens from San Diego County.

Website: https://jewishinsandiego.org/myisraeljourney

Contact: 858-571-3444 [email protected]

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is proud to bring to you the My Israel Journey — Teen Subsidy Program. This program grants eligible teens living in San Diego County a one-time award of up to $1,500 based on eligibility, toward participation in an approved program in Israel. These grants are not needs based and are open to all 8th -12th graders. Before going on the Israel trip, applicants must participate in community service in order to give back. The applicants must be currently in 8th-12th grade, a Jewish San Diego County resident, and a first-time recipient of funding from Federation for an Israel trip.

Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County – JFFS offers need and merit-based educational grants for high schools traveling on an Israel program.

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley – Scholarship applications are accepted year-round for 9-12 graders affiliated with NFTY who wish to travel to Israel.

Website: https://www.jvalley.org/scholarships

Contact: 408-358-3033 [email protected]

The goal of the Jewish Federation scholarship program is to provide assistance to families whose circumstances require it. Our scholarship procedure helps ensure fairness and confidentiality for all applicants. A scholarship is dollars given on your behalf towards program fees. This gift is not expected to be repaid. Scholarship dollars are limited and available awards are determined each fiscal year. Apply for a Teen Israel Trip Scholarship. Applications are accepted year-round. If you have any questions regarding the process, please do not hesitate to contact the Jewish Federation at (408) 358-3033 or [email protected] The application is filled out and submitted on our website.

The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region – The Jewish Federation provides up to $500 towards an approved organized trip to high school students.

Website: http://jewishsac.org/teenisrael/

Contact: 916.486.0906 [email protected]

The Jewish Federation provides subsidies toward an approved organized trip to Israel to post-B’nai Mitzvah teens. To date, we have supported hundreds of teens who have traveled to the Jewish State. This $500 scholarship is intended to help cover fees for an approved Israel program. Approved programs are identity-building, peer group programs run by non-profit organizations that allow participants to learn in-depth about the land, culture, and people of Israel (BBYO, NFTY, USY, Young Judaea, etc.). Since not every program is approved, please contact us if you have a question about a specific program. To redeem this scholarship, please submit your certificate to your synagogue. The Federation will send the funds directly to the program of your choice.

 

Nevada

Jewish Nevada – Israel Program Scholarships are for high school students participating in a peer-based Israel experience.

Website: https://www.jewishnevada.org/israelscholarships

Contact: (702) 732-0556 [email protected]

Traveling to Israel is more than a vacation–it’s often a deeply meaningful, personally transformational experience. The teens and young adults who have this experience through Jewish Nevada come back with a new or renewed sense of Jewish identity and a passion for Israel and its people. Many Jewish Nevadans who traveled to Israel as teens say it is the most fun and impactful form of Jewish education they have ever experienced. Israel Programs Scholarships enable students ages 13-22 to participate in a peer-based Israel experience. Limited scholarships from Jewish Nevada are available each year for students looking to participate in a high school summer, semester, or other approved program in Israel. For any questions email [email protected]

 

Oregon

Jewish Federation of Greater Portland – Offers up to $1,800 for high school students traveling on an approved Israel program for at least 3 weeks. Application is due March 1, 2019.

Website: https://www.jewishportland.org/travelisrael

Contact: 503-245-6219 [email protected]

This continuing program of the Oregon Board of Rabbis provides scholarships to eligible teens engaged in synagogue-based Hebrew High programs. Funding is provided through the Arthur P. Krichevsky Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. All teen Israel recipients (living in the greater Portland area) are eligible for CHAI Israel funds, too, PLUS an extra $500 from Jewish Federation and the home synagogue combined in celebration of their commitment to formal Jewish education. The guidelines as well as the application are both on our website.

The Jewish Federation of Lane County – Offers scholarship to local Jewish teens for travel to Israel.

Website: http://jewishfedlc.org/scholarships/

Contact: 541.484.2541 [email protected]

JFLC offers limited scholarship assistance to local Jewish youth (pre-K through 12th grade) to enable their attendance at Jewish-themed conferences, camps, and other events, as well as travel to Israel. The applicant’s demonstrated need is an important consideration in granting such assistance. Applicants must print out, complete, and submit the application form. If assistance is granted, a follow-up form (thank you letter) with a picture is requested. The application is attached below:

http://jewishfedlc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Scholarship-Application-JFLC.pdf

Washington

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle – Offers up to $3,000 for high school students who are permanent residents of Washington State. Apply by January 22, 2019 for the first round of applications.

Website: https://www.jewishinseattle.org/investments-in-jewish-life/scholarships/teen-israel-scholarships/

Contact: 206.443.5400 [email protected]

The Teen Israel Experience Scholarship program is made possible through a partnership between the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Samis Foundation, and other donors. We believe that every Jewish teen should have the opportunity to have a transformative and meaningful Israel experience before going to college. Twenty-four teens were awarded scholarships for Israel experiences in 2019! Eligibility, financing information, and program options are all available on our website.

 

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Health services

AMHSI has a medical doctor and a nurse on-call at all hours of the day for emergencies and the school is in close proximity to two major hospitals. In addition, the nurse is available on campus to examine students who have any health complaints and to provide appropriate treatment.  Infirmary hours are Sunday – Thursday from 6:45 AM – 8:30 AM and 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM.  The best way to reach the nurse, if needed, is via email at  [email protected].

During daytime hours and on trips, students who need additional medical attention are taken to the local medical center (kupat holim).  At night, students are taken to an urgent healthcare center (bikur rofim).  Students are always accompanied by a staff member.

All health-related issues should be reported to the school in the medical form prior to the student’s arrival. In addition, we encourage students to approach us regarding any health-related or emotional issues that may arise while a student is on the program.

AMHSI provides medical insurance to all participants. This coverage applies to all participants but does not cover any preexisting conditions.  Lab work, follow-up treatment and prescription medications are all covered by our medical insurance.  For students with preexisting conditions, please check with your healthcare provider for information regarding coverage while your child is in Israel.  Please note that allergies are considered a preexisting condition.

It is also possible to purchase additional insurance to cover hospitalization for those with preexisting conditions through AMHSI’s insurance agent in Israel. This additional insurance policy is appropriate for students whose preexisting conditions might require a hospital stay.  Please note that this rider does not cover visits to a specialist for the preexisting conditions, nor will the rider cover visits to a hospital emergency room for symptoms related to the preexisting condition.

AMHSI is not involved in the insurance process; however, if you have questions and/or wish to purchase the insurance rider, please contact:

Amos Gilboa, Representative Agent
Yedidim Assurance Agencies, LTD.
15 Yad Harutzim Street, Tel Aviv, 67778.
Tel:  03-6386216 or 03-6889407
Fax:  03-6874534
Email: [email protected]

We also can provide the necessary enrollment forms.

If a student takes prescription medications, please pack enough to last for the entire trip, as well as bring a written copy of the prescription.  Also, please remember to pack any orthotics, knee braces or other items students may use on a regular basis at home.

 

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AMHSI at a Glance

  • Main campus in Hod HaSharon, not far from Tel Aviv
  • 8-week and 18-week academic year and 6-week summer programs (plus Poland trips!)
  • Experiential learning: encounter history where it actually happened
  • Balance of academic and fun, cultural and bonding activities

Why Choose Us

  • Most loved and recommended Israel-based study abroad program
  • International students coming from the US, Canada, Australia, Panama, Austria, Turkey and more!
  • A variety of programs to choose from ranging in duration, dates and other options
  • Ability to earn college credit from the University of Miami
  • College-style campus as a base for learning and travel across Israel