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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, if you’re from Ohio, your Summer 2013 dream may just become a reality.  Just remember the Three C’s: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus.  Oh, my! Our new Ultimate Tzfat: Jewish Leadership Program (JLP)  is running for all Ohio participants from June 29 – July 12, 2015! This two week program is a designed to learn about creating community while experiencing challenging and beautiful hikes in the Galilee. For more information and to sign up for JLP, you can apply directly through the following link. 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. For the Jewish Leadership Program, participants can apply for scholarships towards their airfare through their local Federation scholarships, listed below. 


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.  Livnot’s week-long, $150 Northern Exposure program is a bit too short for this scholarship opportunity, but the four-week Galilee Fellowship is perfect (for some quick info about both programs, see below).  Those interested should apply directly through Federation, “at least two months before payment is due to your trip provider.”  For the June Galilee Fellowship, that means submitting your scholarship application to Federation at the beginning of April; for the July Fellowship, by the beginning of May.  Those who have been to Israel previously are eligible for the grant, too.  Questions, ask: Karyn Zimmerman – [email protected]513-985-1534


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.


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 Marla Davis at 614-559-3250 for more info. We hope to see you in Tzfat! Galilee Fellowship: The four-week Galilee Fellowship program embodies Livnot’s classic fusion of hiking, volunteering, and spiritual exploration. Based in the Old City of Tzfat throughout the program, participants have the opportunity to experience a different side of Israel by living in an Israeli community; building it up and becoming part of it.  Apply now! 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!

Meir Paltiel
Meir Paltiel
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Originally from Syracuse, NY, Meir received his BA in American History and Political Science from Tulane University and his MS in Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He arrived in Israel in 1992, served in the Nahal Infantry Unit before moving to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. On Kibbutz, Meir was Assistant Manager of the... Read More