Camps & Israel

Summer Camps

Jewish Community Foundation

The Jewish Community Foundation has three scholarships for those planning to attend Jewish summer programming.

The Karen and Ed Porter Jewish Experience Award Fund provides one-time aid for programs or Jewish travel experiences which foster leadership development, spiritual development, community development or personal Jewish enrichment. Priority is given to high school or college students marginally connected to the Jewish community or questioning their Jewish identity.  Awards are based upon merit. Financial need may be taken into consideration.

The E. David Soltz Israel Scholarship Fund is a need-based scholarship intended to assist high school or college students seeking to attain a deeper understanding of Judaism while studying in Israel.

The Allen and Janet Agron Camp Ramah Scholarship Fund is intended to help students attending Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. Agron fondly remembered his years as a camper there and wanted to share that joy with others.  Scholarships of up to $1,000 for four-week camp sessions and scholarships of up to $2,000 for eight-week camp sessions are available. Decisions will be based on merit and financial need relative to the total expense of the camp session attended.

Application forms may be found at Jewish Community Foundation’s website at

The deadline for these scholarships has not been announced for 2024, expect it to be around March 1.

Israel Programs

Yallah! Israel (powered by NFTY in Israel) – The Union for Reform Judaism’s network of Israel travel programs for teens. Hike, climb, discover, and explore with new friends from across the continent. Return home with endless personal accomplishments, meaningful memories and stories you’ll never forget.

URJ Heller High and Alexander Muss High School in Israel – URJ Heller High: Isaac and Helaine Heller EIE High school in Israel, in partnership with JNF-Alexander Muss High School in Israel, is a semester long (four month) program for high school students in grades 10-12.

Financial Planning and Scholarships for Israel

Passport to Israel – Passport to Israel is a savings incentive program designed to help families plan for their child’s high school or college trip. Beginning in the third grade and continuing through the eighth grade, those families who contribute a total of $200 yearly to their child’s PTI fund will receive a $100 match from the Flo Harris Supporting Foundation.* This gives you the opportunity to save a considerable amount toward the cost of an Israel experience. Enrollment and contributions are collected by B’nai Jehudah, August through December each year.

Kansas City Jewish Federation Financial Assistance For Long-Term Israel Programs – The Rabbi Gershon Hadas Guardian Society for Jewish Children also provides financial assistance to individuals who wish to participate in long term (three months or longer) Israel programs after high school or college. Click here to apply.