Ohio Scholarship & Grant Opportunities

Thinking about coming to Israel this summer, but feeling like the trip is a bit over your budget?  Here at Livnot, we use every resource possible to try and help our chevre get their time of meaningful community service, hiking and spirituality in the beautiful city of Tzfat without burning any unseemly holes in their pockets.  And so, we are bringing you a list of Ohio Scholarships available this summer, 2016, to help you make your Israel dream a reality. Just remember Ohio’s Three C’s: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus. Oh, my!

Whether you are planning to come for one week, two, or six weeks, Livnot’s service-learning programs are all designed to build a community of like-minded peers, while experiencing challenging and beautiful hikes in the Galilee.

Please note: Livnot U’Lehibanot is a non-profit organization and our program tuition is heavily subsidized, but we do not directly purchase airfare for participants or offer internal scholarships beyond the already reduced tuition fees. Participants can apply for scholarships towards their airfare through their local Federation scholarships, listed below. 

Ohio Scholarships: Cincinnati

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati offers a generous scholarship of up to $5000 for travel to Israel on a post-high school program–including, of course, Livnot U’Lehibanot.  Eligible parties are up to age 26, Jewish, have geographic ties to Cincinnati, and must be applying to a program that lasts two weeks or more.  Either two consecutive weeks of Livnot’s Northern Exposure program, the two-week Emerging Jewish Leaders Program, or an Onward Israel Internship can be the right fit for this scholarship.  Those interested should apply directly through Federation, “at least two months before payment is due to your trip provider.”  For a June program, that means submitting your scholarship application to Federation by the beginning of April, etc.  Those who have been to Israel previously are eligible for the grant, too.  Questions, ask: Karyn Zimmerman – kzimerman@jfedcin.org or 513-985-1534

Ohio Scholarships: Cleveland

The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland offers need-based financial aid for post-high school and college-age programs in Israel, as well as Israel travel grants.  Grants can reach up to $2000 for Israel first-timers, and $1500 for people who’ve been to Israel before.  Contact Helen Wolf for more information about grants, scholarships and the application process: 216-371-0446.

Ohio Scholarships: Columbus

And last but never, ever least–Columbus.  Through the Israel Experience program of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, eligible Columbus residents up to age 27 can receive a grant of up to $1500 towards a one-month educational Israel program.  Applicants whose families are not based in Columbus, but who attend specified Columbus-area colleges, can receive up to $750.  The application (including detailed eligibility requirements) can be found here.  Still have questions?  Contact Elana Polster at epolster@tcjf.org or 614-559-3227 for more info.

We hope to see you in Tzfat!

Onward Israel: A six-week internship and community service program, Onward Israel is a resume building experience, good for your body and soul. With 15 hikes, 6 magical Shabbat experiences, staying in the heart of the Galilee in Tzfat. Participants stay at our campus in Tzfat for the duration of the program, and cost is only $500 for the six weeks. Participants will need to arrange their own flights, but scholarships are available through your local Federation. 

Northern Exposure: A one-week Israel experience program, Northern Exposure offers participants an opportunity to encounter Israel through community service, off-the-beaten-track hiking, and spirituality workshops.  With challenging treks through the Galilee region, volunteer projects, thought-provoking discussions, and a home base in Tzfat (the of mysticism and kabbalah), you’ll get to know Israel like you’ve never known it before.  Apply here!