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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Monday, March 5, 2018
For a detailed explanation of eligibility and instructions for the form, click here. (PDF)
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Applicants must be:
1–2 scholarships will be awarded each year in June. Scholarships are need-based and shall not exceed the sum of $20,000.
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.
Required Documents for the Application:
For more information and to apply, please contact Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at email@example.com or call 510.809.4911.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com 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: 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.
For information, please write to Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510.809.4911.