Hey everyone that I had the pleasure to cross paths with this summer. I hope your all having an amazing time back at home remembering all the crazy things and places from Mayanot Birthright-Israel.
I told you all that I would try my hardest to help you find programs and opportinues to come back or just support Israel. So here are just a few out of many.
I talked alot about recruiting for Mayanot, so here is the link MAYANOT RECRUITING, 10 days for Free
and Mayanot’s Institute of Jewish Learning, many different programs.
Also I talked about the post birthright program that I did, IsraeLinks. 3 Weeks for $499
Here is a whole list of things from Israel on Campus Coalition, Israel Study/Travel. Various Prices and Durations
This is one of the biggest databases of Israel programs, MASA, Costs money but many scholoarships avivable.
There are many other programs and trips, here is some ways to pay for them…
- Your local Jewish Federation sponsorsparticipants in Israel Programs, it should be noted that there are often additional funding sources through the Federation.
- Your local synagogue: Many synagogues provide funding for Jewish youth to visit Israel. Even if there isn’t a specific fund, many synagogues have a “Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund” where your Rabbi may choose to spend a portion of his/her donated funds. Even if you have not been an active member of the synagogue, it is a good idea to speak with your Rabbi.
- Hillel: Asking your local campus Hillel is another option when it comes to finding money to get to Israel. On most campuses, Hillel is a place where Jewish students are able to express and develop their Jewish identity. Inquiring through the Hillel Director, Program Director, or JCSC Fellow may help you.
- The Bureau of Jewish Education: If it is an educational program or Jewish learning experience, the BJE may be willing to fund your participation on the program. Most cities have a local BJE.
- Jewish organizations and agencies in your hometown: Hadassah, B’nai B’rith lodges, Jewish Women International (formally B’nai B’rith Women), Temple/Synagogue men’s clubs/sisterhoods — all of them care about the Jewish community! They are often able and willing to cover a portion of your costs! Take advantage of their hospitality. Especially look towards agencies where your family or family friends belong. If no one you know belongs, they may still want to help — that’s the beauty of the community.
- Your Fraternity/Sorority: If you are involved in the Greek system and your Fraternity/Sorority happens to be traditionally Jewish on a national scale, your national offices may be interested in sponsoring you on your trip to Israel.
- University Study Abroad Office: Study Abroad offices often have information on scholarships that are available through a wide variety of agencies, academic departments, and businesses. It would be in your best interest to set up a meeting with a counselor in the Study Abroad Office to find out what scholarships are available to students traveling to Israel.
- University Academic Departments: It doesn’t hurt to ask specific academic departments on campus (i.e. Judaic studies, political science, history, religion, business) about potential scholarships for experiential learning programs in Israel. While it depends on the university, many academic departments have money set aside for faculty or students to attend programs.
- Hebrew Free Loan Society: For interest free loans. You must apply in person while in the U.S. but can often receive significant funds which can be paid back free of interest.
- Also you all met Jeff Sidel that gave you the free Torah Books and Sidders. Chech out his scoloarship site.