Whether you are from SoCal or NoCal, we’ve got the resources for you.

Check out the list of funding options for California below and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us or e-mail the recruitment team; Laura at Lauraf@israelexperience.org, or Rachel at RachelS@Israelexperience.org.

Los Angeles 

Hostelling International Los Angeles (contact: John Estrada).

The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles’ Israel Connections/Experience program provides $500 incentive grants to teens and college students who are going on a first-time, educational, peer-based trip to Israel. The synagogue and IC/E organization partners provide an additional $250 above the amount of the IC/E grant. IC/E also offers need-based scholarships from $200-$1,500 for those students with financial need. In partnership with the Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA), IC/E helps participating families access interest free loans. Loans require co-signers and are for up to $3,500 each. IC/E also offers the Marks and Brown Fellowships through the Jewish Community Foundation for college, graduate and post-graduate young adults on intensive year-long study in Israel.

Contact: Beth Singer, 323-761-8342, latoisrael@jewishla.org

Pomona Valley

 Jewish Federation of Pomona Valley (contact: Jason Moss, federation@jewishsgpv.org)

Orange County

Jewish Federation of Orange County (contact: Kathleen Mellon)

East Bay (Oakland)

The Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay has a single ongoing (no deadline) scholarship process for high school and college students. Eligible applicants must be under 30 years of age and live in Alameda or Contra Costa counties. Awards are need based. Funds are applicable to study in Israel only and are payable to the specific, recognized program and never to the applicant. Contact: Marilyn Kinch, 510-839-2900 x256, marilyn@jfed.org

San Diego

The United Jewish Federation of San Diego County offers scholarships are for teens and young adults ages 15 to 26, who are full time students, participating in nationally recognized Israel travel/study programs.Contact: Heather Frank, 858-571-3444, isctr@ujfsd.org

San Francisco

The Bureau of Jewish Education offers scholarships for students on Israel programs. Contact: info@bjesf.org

The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco Gift of Israel program offers scholarships for young adults on Israel programs. Contact: 415-777-0411, giftofisrael@sfjcf.org

Haas/Koshland Memorial Award provides up to $20,000 to support a year of study and personal development in Israel. The award is open to college students, from sophomore year through graduate school, who are from, or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Other scholarships we recommend to look into:

Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund

Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Fund

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Helyn B. Reich Scholarship 

Sheldon Adelson Foundation

Korach Fund at UCLA’s Hillel 

Peachy Levy Foundation

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship

Jewish Funders’ Network

Click here for a complete list of scholarship and grant options.

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