Israel Scholarships

For Your Israel Trip

Needs and non-needs based scholarships available.

Deadline for all applications: April 30, 2019

Get FREE Money for a Trip to Israel!

Passport to Israel

A savings program that provides matching funds - children and teens, enrollment eligible for grades 1st through 9th! Learn more here!

Current Passport Fundholders - You can make a deposit into your existing Passport to Israel account anytime through DonorSphere here to access your account. If you have questions, please contact us at 412.992.5208 or

Teens and young adults

  • Central Scholarship and Loan Referral Service
    For students in accredited higher education, including in Israeli institutions.
    412-422-7200 |
  • MASA Israel Journey Grants and Scholarships
    For gap-year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs for adults ages 18–30.
  • Zionist Organization of America
    Up to 3 scholarships yearly, for high school students entering junior or senior year.
    412-665-4630 |


  • Hebrew Free Loan Association
    Interest-free loans, including for Israel travel.
    412-422-8878 |

Find the Right Program!

Local Programs with Israel trips

Youth Movement Programs




Pluralistic Youth Movements

  • BBYO
  • Young Judaea
  • International MASA
    Israel is a funding partnership between the Jewish Federations of North America, the government of Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel and its partners, and Keren HaYesod. Go to to get information about more than 200 programs and grants.


18-19 Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Night Dates

All scholarship applicants are required to attend a group program with other applicants at the Federation. The goal of the session is for the applicants and their parents to learn about the work of the Jewish Federation, share their expectations for the trip and ask any questions.


All sessions are at 7:30 pm
at the Jewish Federation Building
234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

December 13, 2018
February 21, 2019
April 24, 2019
May 21, 2019


All scholarship applicants are required to attend the Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Night. Parents are also strongly encouraged to attend. Applicants must choose one of these dates on the online application here. All sessions will begin at 7:30 pm.


The Israel Scholarship Program is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Annual Campaign, with additional funding for need-based scholarships funded by The Stanley z"l and Flo Mae Moravitz Israel Scholarship Endowment Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. The Passport to Israel Program is funded by the Sholom Comay Family Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Debbie Swartz

Israel & Overseas Planning Associate
(412) 992-5208

Still Have a Question?

Contact Debbie Swartz for more information.

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