Your one of the best Mayanot Birthright-Israel groups I have had the pleasure to come across. We just finished an amazing 10 trip of a lifetime. These past 10 days just seem like a wonderful dream that could never happen, but it did. This trip was an emotional roller coaster for me as you all know. I’m sure my brother, Travis, would have loved sharing this experience with you all. Your hugs, smiles, tears, and dancing just made this very hard trip a truly rewarding time. I love you all and hope to see you in the near future.
If you would please make a small donation to Travis’s Torah Fund that would really touch me. Here is the link. Torah
I told you all that I would try my hardest to help you find programs and opportunities to come back or just support Israel. So here are just a few out of many.
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 scholarships available.
If you want to volunteer in the IDF and be with soldiers like Miki, here is the link to Sar-El.
There are many other programs and trips, here is some ways to pay for them…
- Your local Jewish Federation sponsors participants 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 (formerly 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. Check out his scholarship site.
(Take each word of advice from your perspective. I do not necessarily believe/agree with everything I read.)
Israel Books: Son of Hamas, Start-up Nation, Arab-Israel Conflict.