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Israel and Overseas

Israel Scholarships

Learn which program is right for you.

Learn about all available funding resources.

Apply for a Scholarship Now!

Deadline for all applications: May 4, 2018

See 2017-18 Group Information Sessions


Get FREE Money for a Trip to Israel!

Passport to Israel
A savings program that provides matching funds - children and teens, enrollment eligible for grades 1st through 9th! Learn more here! 

Current Passport Fundholders - You can make a deposit into your existing Passport to Israel account anytime through DonorSphere here to access your account. If you have questions, please contact us at 412.992.5208 or dswartz@jfedpgh.org.

Teens and young adults

  • Jewish Federation Scholarships
    Federation offers both need-based and non-need-based scholarships to send teens to Israel.

Click here to apply online for a non-need based scholarship.



Find the Right Program!

Local Programs with Israel trips

Youth Movement Programs




Pluralistic Youth Movements

  • BBYO
  • Young Judaea
    1-866-599-2534, Summer@youngjudaea.org
  • International MASA
    Israel is a funding partnership between the Jewish Federations of North America, the government of Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel and its partners, and Keren HaYesod. Go to masaisrael.org to get information about more than 200 programs and grants.


2017-18 Israel Scholarship Group Information Sessions

All scholarship applicants are required to attend a group program with other applicants at the Federation. The goal of the session is for the applicants and their parents to learn about the work of the Jewish Federation, share their expectations for the trip and ask any questions.

All sessions are at 7:30 pm
at the Jewish Federation Building
234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (Chol Hamoed Passover)

All non-need scholarship applicants are required to attend the group interview. Parents are also strongly encouraged to attend. Applicants must choose one of these dates on the online application here. All sessions will begin at 7:30 pm.

If you are applying for need-based aid in addition to the non-need scholarship, at least one parent or guardian must attend an interview with a member of the scholarship committee. This process will help determine the amount of funding applicable. Need-based interviews will take place just prior to and/or after the group interview on the same dates. Please speak with the scholarship program administrator to schedule your time.




For more information about how we can help you or your child travel to Israel,  please contact Debbie Swartz at dswartz@jfedpgh.org or 412.992.5208.

The Israel Scholarship Program is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Annual Campaign, with additional funding for need-based scholarships funded by The Stanley z"l and Flo Mae Moravitz Israel Scholarship Endowment Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. The Passport to Israel Program is funded by the Sholom Comay Family Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
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