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.

Scholarships may not be used toward any expenses associated with Birthright Israel trips and must be redeemed before the teen turns 19 years of age.

To redeem this scholarship, please submit your certificate to your synagogue. The Federation will send the funds directly to the program of your choice.

After seeing the impact that such a trip had on their own children, Sharon and Larry Saltzman wanted to make sure that every teen had the chance to go to Israel so they established the Teen Trips to Israel Fund. Every year, this fund helps defray costs by contributing money to the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region to distribute as scholarship money for trips to Israel.

You, too, can help send kids to Israel by donating to this fund, located at the Jewish Community Foundation of the West. Remember to name “Teen Trips to Israel” as the fund to which you would like your donation attributed.

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