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 Katz/Mintz Families Fund
Dr. Nathan & Toby Ticktin Back Fund Mary F. Levine Fund
Community Collective Fund Nobel Family Fund
Joseph and Anna Gartner Foundation Fund Harvey & Nancy Schiller Fund
Dr. Irwin & Sylvia Ginsberg Fund Anna Schwartz Memorial Fund
Mildred & Jack Haniford Fund Thon Fund
Milton J. Hurwitz Fund

Howard & Leslie Zemsky Israel Experience Fund

Dvorah & Donald Joseph 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.

Click Here to Download an Israel Scholarship Application

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