Thank you so very much for helping me send my son to Jewish overnight camp. I could not have done this without you!
–Camp financial aid recipient

Attending camp has been a profound and life-changing experience for my son, and he would not have been able to attend without financial assistance. My entire family is extremely grateful for your help.
–Camp financial aid recipient

My favorite thing about camp is Havdallah on the beach and the dance party afterwards. Thank you so much for making it possible for me to attend camp.
–Camp financial aid recipient

I enjoy camp because I don’t have to explain what kashrut is to my friends there. Thank you so much for making it possible for me to attend camp this summer.
–Camp financial aid recipient

Thank you to the Jewish Federation of the East Bay for giving me the opportunity to travel to Israel, fulfill my dream, and invest in my future.
–Israel financial aid recipient

Due to your assistance, I had one of the most rewarding summers yet. In Israel, I volunteered at a mental health clinic for refugees, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea.
–Israel financial aid recipient

I feel very fortunate to be part of my Jewish community. No matter where I go, I have a group of people that will look out for me. That is what it means to be Jewish.
-Israel financial aid recipient

The four months I spent in Israel were the best four months of my life. I have become more connected to Israel and Judaism than I ever couldn’t imagined.
–Israel financial aid recipient

I want to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation for allowing me to take this life-changing opportunity that has let me understand the importance of Israel’s existence and strengthened my Jewish identity.
–Israel financial aid recipient

Federation and Foundation provide funding annually to strengthen Jewish life and learning opportunities for East Bay children and teens. We offer need-based financial assistance to teens, college students, and young adults for travel and study in Israel and for children and teens to attend overnight camp outside the Bay Area. Listed below are the application deadlines for our financial aid programs. For questions regarding financial assistance, please contact Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at alison@jfed.org or 510.809.4911.

Israel Travel Application Deadlines
Thursday, November 2, 2017- for Winter and Spring programs
Monday, March 5, 2018 – for Summer programs
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – for Summer and Fall programs

Campership Application Deadline
Monday, March 5, 2018

The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay provide needs-based financial assistance for Jewish children from the East Bay (Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Napa Counties) to attend any Jewish overnight summer camp in the United States or Canada. All overnight camp financial awards are intended to provide “last resort” community resources above and beyond what is contributed by families and individual camps.

Campership Deadline
Monday, March 5, 2018

FINANCIAL AWARD ELIGIBILITY

For a detailed explanation of eligibility and instructions for the form, click here. (PDF)

  • Families with children between the ages of 6 and 18 (by June 1, 2018) are eligible for financial assistance to attend a qualifying Jewish overnight camp in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Applicants must reside in the East Bay (Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano & Napa Counties).
  • Financial assistance must be “last resort” funds, supplementing financial assistance provided by the camp, family and all other possible sources, for families who would otherwise not be able to attend.
  • Families may apply for overnight camp financial assistance for one or more children, for up to four weeks for each child.
  • Children must be Jewish (as identified by their families).
  • Families must contribute a minimum of 10% of the total program cost.
  • Financial awards may only be used strictly for camp tuition and camp-provi ded bus transportation to and from camp.

HOW TO APPLY

For families whose children are attending any other Jewish overnight camp in the United States or Canada,
click here for an online application.

For families whose children are attending URJ Camp Newman or Camp Tawonga, please contact the camps directly to apply:
URJ Camp Newman
Camp Tawonga

For families whose children are attending East Bay Jewish day camps, please contact the camp directly for financial assistance.

Deadline to apply for other overnight camp scholarships is Monday, March 5, 2018.

ELIGIBLE CAMPS

In addition to the two Jewish residential camps that serve the Bay Area, any accredited Jewish overnight camp in the U.S. or Canada is eligible for financial assistance. For a list of Jewish overnight camps in the U.S. and Canada, visit jewishcamp.org.

FINANCIAL AWARD PROCESS

Camps Newman and Tawonga receive block grants, or large dollar amounts, from which to award scholarships based on financial need. Applications are reviewed confidentially and awards determined by each camp’s financial aid committee. Applicants will be notified about award decisions directly by the camp.

For other overnight camps, applications are reviewed without any identifying information (anonymously) by a committee, which will determine awards based on financial need. Applicants will be notified by mid-April. Award checks will be sent directly to the camp.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  • Regarding East Bay Federation financial assistance for overnight camps, contact Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at alison@jfed.org or 510.809.4911.
  • Regarding scholarships for Camps Tawonga or Newman, please contact the camps directly.
  • Regarding financial assistance for overnight camps for residents of San Francisco, Sonoma or Marin Counties, or the Peninsula from Sunnyvale north, please contact the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s Scholarship at Program Manager at lisap@sfjcf.org.

WHO FUNDS THIS PROGRAM?

Scholarships for college tuition are made possible by the Judy Wendland-Young Scholarship Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. A volunteer committee makes the award decisions and the process is anonymous.

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants must be:

  • Women over the age of thirty-five years old who have not previously attended college at an accredited University offering Bachelor’s degrees.
  • Admitted to an accredited university offering Bachelor’s degrees located in the United States.
  • Awards may only be granted towards the first year enrolled at such university.
  • The accredited university must be a 501c3 non-profit university or have a 501c3 arm that will accept the scholarship.
  • This scholarship is not restricted to applicants of any religious group.

AWARDS:

1–2 scholarships will be awarded each year in June. Scholarships are need-based and shall not exceed the sum of $20,000.

INTENT TO APPLY:

Please complete the brief online Intent to Apply Form. Staff will review for eligibility and send applicants the formal application.

Submission of the Intent to Apply is not binding; you are not required to submit a formal full application if you complete the Intent to Apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by 5:00 pm

Required Documents for the Application:

  • Completed application form (link to be provided after Intent to Apply is submitted), including a Personal Statement and Statement of Need
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts from current college
  • FAFSA Student Aid Report
  • First two pages of your most recently completed Federal tax return (Form 1040)
  • Evidence of acceptance into the University

For more information and to apply, please contact Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at alison@jfed.org or call 510.809.4911.

ELIGIBILITY:

Residency requirement: Applicants who reside in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa or Solano Counties; OR college students who currently reside in one of these counties for their undergraduate education; OR applicants whose parents’ permanent residence is in one of the above counties.

Age requirement: East Bay Jewish day school students, high school students, college-age students, and other young adults (40 and under).

Financial need: Aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Applications from families with an annual gross income of $250,000 or more will not be reviewed UNLESS the family can demonstrate unusual circumstances that explain their request for a scholarship.

Eligible programs: Foundation funds support high school and college programs including year courses, high school Jewish youth group programs, university programs, Yeshivot, East Bay Jewish day school Israel Trips, and others. If you are unsure whether your program qualifies, please contact Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer at alison@jfed.org or 510.809.4911.

Click here for the 2017–2018 Financial Aid application form.

Click here to download the 2017–2018 Financial Aid application instructions and find out more about the timeline for this process.

We cannot accept applications from those who have already started their programs in Israel.

DEADLINES:

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 – for Winter and Spring programs
  • Monday, March 5, 2018 – for Summer programs
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – for Summer and Fall programs

Our Financial Aid Committee will review all applications anonymously and decisions will be announced approximately one month after each application deadline.

For any other questions, please contact Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at alison@jfed.org or 510.809.4911.

About the fund: The fund was set up by friends and family in memory of Derek Elias Israel, of blessed memory, who died tragically at Sears Point Raceway in 1997. Derek was a young car racing enthusiast who was also passionate about Torah study and the land of Israel. The fund in his honor provides young adults with the opportunity to study at Orthodox Jewish institutions in Israel, in Derek’s memory. The Derek Israel Memorial Scholarship Fund is housed at The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. All applications are anonymously and confidentially reviewed by committee process.

ELIGIBILITY:

Eligibility: The Derek Elias Israel Memorial Scholarship Fund awards East Bay young adults age 21 and over to attend programs of study at Orthodox Jewish institutions in Israel.

Residency Requirements: Applicants who have a permanent residence in the East Bay (Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano counties).

Financial Statement of Need: Individuals who claim financial independence from their parents or guardians must submit the first two pages of their 2015 federal tax return.

Students who are financially dependent on their parents must submit the first two pages of their parent/guardian’s 2015 federal tax return.

Applications submitted without federal tax forms will not be considered.

Click here for The Derek Elias Israel Memorial Scholarship Fund application.

DEADLINES:

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 – for Winter and Spring programs
  • Monday, March 5, 2018 – for Summer programs
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – for Summer and Fall programs

For information, please write to Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at alison@jfed.org or call 510.809.4911.

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