Israel Scholarships

The Israel Scholarship Committee of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies administers a limited amount of financial assistance for high school and college students to travel and study in Israel.  Students participating in approved programs will be eligible for assistance for the upcoming summer based upon financial need. Over the past 30 years, 166 students have been recipients of grants totaling $151,350.

Scholarships will be awarded from individual endowment funds, which have been established by donors for this special purpose.  The Foundation administers the following funds, which provide Israel scholarships:

Jeannette & Sydney S. Abzug Fund Joel & Norman Katz Memorial Fund
Dr. Nathan & Toby Ticktin Back Fund Mary F. Levine Fund
Joseph and Anna Gartner Foundation Fund Lila & Shay Mintz Fund
Dr. Irwin & Sylvia Ginsberg Fund Nobel Family Fund
Mildred & Jack Haniford Fund Harvey & Nancy Schiller Fund
Milton J. Hurwitz Fund Anna Schwartz Memorial Fund
Dvorah & Donald Joseph Fund Howard & Leslie Zemsky Israel Experience Fund

Donors have the satisfaction of helping young people have an experience of a lifetime and seeing the income from their gift used year after year for countless students into the future.  Such funds are dedicated in the donor’s name or to honor or memorialize loved ones.  Donors may also designate qualifications for scholarship recipients; i.e., members of a particular temple or students at a particular school.

  • Awards are limited to Jewish students who have attended high school in either Erie or Niagara County in New York State or to Jewish students who are residing in either Erie or Niagara County and are new Americans
  • The Israel Scholarship program will begin accepting applications from September-December 1, 2020 for the following Summer programs.

Please contact the Foundation office at (716) 204-1133 to request an application, or you may request an application via email. Please include your name and home mailing address in an email request sent to