Community Application

The Jewish community of Rochester has created a new, community wide financial assistance application for families interested in sending their teen to Israel on an Israel experience program. Many generous donors in the community have allocated funds to enhance the identity of Jewish teens through Israel travel and study. By completing this ONE application, families will be able to apply for financial assistance from multiple communal agencies including the Farash Institute for Jewish Education, the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester and local area synagogues providing a family is a dues paying member. Click here to apply.


Each organization may have different eligibility requirements. These are explained below. By completing this ONE community application, you will be applying automatically to every organization for which you are deemed eligible.

This application 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 accredited and organized by a 501(C)(3) organization.

To receive grants through the Freddy Fund:

  • The Israel program must be a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of one year in Israel
  • A student is eligible to receive a Freddy Fund $360 incentive grant one time only
  • A student is eligible to receive a Freddy Fund needs based grant one time only

To receive grants through the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester:

  • Families may receive only one grant award per academic year
  • A family can receive a maximum of $6000 in cumulative aid beginning in 2002
  • There is no minimum or maximum duration of time spent in Israel
  • A small amount of funding may also be available for non-Israel, Jewish education and travel experiences. This requires a separate application. To request an application, or for more information, please contact Amy Libenson at alibenson@jewishrochester.org or 585-241-8635.

To receive grants from a Synagogue:

  • Applicant’s family must be a dues paying member of the synagogue