Israel Experience Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for High School Students Taking Trips to Israel

The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation encourages high school students to visit Israel through a limited number of scholarships for students who wish to participate in summer or year-long programs. Interested students, whose parents are contributing members to the Jewish Federation, may apply to the Israel Scholarship Committee. Applicants who have not visited Israel will be given preference. 

The Israel Scholarship Program is funded by the Sara and E.J. Evans Israel Experience Endowment.

If you are interested in helping to support this program,  you can send donations or tribute gifts to: The Sara & E.J. Evans Israel  Experience Scholarship Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation.  

Applications for 2020 will be due April 1, 2020.  Please fill out the 2020 Israel Experience Scholarship Application and email completed application to

Past Recipients 

In 2018, the Scholarship Committee awarded SIX scholarships to teens and young adults in our community.  Click Israel Trip Essays to read about some of their experiences.

In 2017, the Scholarship Committee awarded one scholarship to Emily Abramowitz.  Emily received a scholarship to participate in the No’ar Hadasah Israel Experience program.  Click here to read more about Emily’s experience.

In 2016, the Scholarship Committee awarded four teens scholarships. Maya Weinberg received a scholarship to participate in Young Judea’s Onward Israel, Green Energy internship. David Halev was awarded a scholarship to participate in a Young Judea’s Year Course. Mollie Zoffer was granted a scholarship to participating in American Hebrew Academy’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel program. And Michelle Brint was given a scholarship to participate in MASA’s Tikkun Olam Social Justice Track program. Click here to read more about Maya Weinberg’s experience.

In 2014, the Scholarship Committee awarded Ilan Szulik a scholarship. Ilan went to Israel through the organization, JCC Maccabia Israel. Click here to read more about Ilan’s Israel trip!

In 2012, the Scholarship Committee awarded Simone Leiro and Jonah Horwitz, Israel experience scholarships. Jonah Horwitz participated in the NFTY in Israel LDor V Dor Summer Program, also through the Union for Reform Judaism. Click here to read more about Jonah’s Israel trip!