Israel Experience Scholarship Funds

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 and Nancy Gordon Justice Fund.

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

Now accepting applications for 2018!  Applications are due April 9, 2018.  Please fill out the application and email completed application to Lauren Beja at

Past Recipients 

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.

The Scholarship Committee of the Sara & E.J. Evans Israel Experience Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation awarded Ilan Szulik a scholarship in 2014. Ilan went to Israel through the organization, JCC Maccabia Israel. Click here to read more about Ilan’s Israel trip!

In 2012, two participants, Simone Leiro and Jonah Horwitz, were awarded $1,000 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!