Freddy Fund

The Freddy Fund was established by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation in memory of Fred Silverstein (z’’l), a founding trustee of the Farash Foundation. Fred’s passion was to provide teens with the opportunity to visit Israel. Teen travel to Israel is one of the strongest, most effective means of educating teens about Israel and increasing their connection to the Jewish state and the Jewish people. It is our hope that the Freddy Fund will serve to increase the number of Jewish teens in the greater Rochester area who are able to participate in an immersive travel/study program in Israel.

The Farash Institute provides one-time significant needs-based financial assistance to teens who enroll in an organized teen travel program to Israel lasting a minimum of three weeks. A formal application for these funds is required. 

The Farash Institute would like to recognize all teens who make a commitment to travel to Israel and invest their time to learn about Jewish culture and history. Therefore, we congratulate all teens who choose to make Israel a priority in their lives by providing a one-time gift of $360 to all teens enrolled in an organized Israel travel program lasting a minimum of three weeks. 


  • This program is for Jewish high school students in grades 9-12 or ages 15-19.
  • Teens must reside in one of the following New York counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca, Livingston, Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans
  • Any program in Israel selected by the student must be organized by a 501(c)(3) organization
  • The program must be a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of one year in Israel.
  • A student is eligible to participate in the program one time only.
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Jewish Teens Traveling to Israel