For children and young adults, overnight Jewish summer camp experiences, Israel trips and other intensive Jewish experiences are among the strongest positive influences on Jewish identity. At overnight camp, everyone is Jewish and often camp friendships last a lifetime. Living Jewishly is the norm and learning is part of the fun. Shabbat is the highlight of the week.
While these experiences are critically important, they are also expensive and often put a strain on family resources, which might prevent children from attending. To enable as many children as possible to take advantage of these opportunities, the Jewish Foundation of Louisville has a program and several scholarships available that can help with summer 2014 programs.
One Happy Camper Grants
Once again, Louisville Jewish campers can participate in the One Happy Camper program. In conjunction with Foundation for Jewish Camp, your children may be eligible for an incentive grant of up to $1,000 if your child has never before attended Jewish overnight camp program of 19 days or more or up to $700 for a program of 12 days or more. To qualify, your child must be registered for a Jewish overnight camp program that lasts 19 days or more at an approved camp. Approved camps are listed on www.onehappycamper.org. Children currently enrolled in a daily immersive Jewish experience like a Jewish Day School are not eligible for this program.
Please visit www.onehappycamper.org for more information and to confirm eligibility. Incentive grants are limited to available funds so don’t wait! These scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis while funding lasts, with priority given to those who apply by January 15. For more information, contact Mike Steklof, 502-238-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen and Milton Cantor Israel Scholarship Fund
The Ellen and Milton Cantor Israel Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship to a high school junior or senior from the greater Louisville area to help defray the cost of an Israel trip and enable that individual to participate in an approved month-long educational opportunity in Israel.
The Cantor Scholarship was originally established by Milton Cantor in 1997 in memory of his wife, Ellen. When he passed away in 2002, the fund was renamed in memory of them both. Their son, Howard, who lives in both Florida and Chicago, receives letters from each of the fund recipients when they return home from Israel.
“The letters mean a lot to me,” he told us. “The fund was important to my parents and its value is evident in the reactions I hear from the students. They describe the impact the trip has had on them and how it has changed their lives. It has been wonderful for our family to be a part of it.”
His sister, Elece Kovel, agrees. The letters she received made her realize how much the Israel trip means to the Cantor Scholarship recipients. She knows the additional funding makes it easier for students to take advantage of the opportunity to study in Israel.
Written applications must be submitted to the Ellen and Milton Cantor Israel Scholarship Fund by January 15. Each candidate must also include the recommendation of his/her rabbi or an appropriate Jewish communal professional. Scholarship recipients must commit to participate in voluntary community activities upon their return from Israel. Applications can be downloaded from www.jewishlouisville.org/federation/foundation/jewish-foundation-louisville-scholarships/ For more information, contact Mike Steklof, 502-238-2774 or email@example.com.
Summer Camp Scholarships
The Laura K. Cohen Camp Scholarship, the Miriam and Dennis Fine Beber Camp Memorial Scholarship and the Frankenthal Family Camp Ramah Scholarship are need-based grants that provide assistance for families to send their children to summer overnight camp. The deadline for application for these scholarships is January 15.
Written applications must be submitted to the Laura K. Cohen Camp Scholarship Fund, the Miriam and Dennis Fine Beber Camp Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Frankenthal Family Camp Ramah Scholarship at the Jewish Foundation of Louisville. Each candidate must also include the recommendation of a Jewish communal professional (rabbi, youth group leader, religious school principal, etc.). Applicants demonstrating financial need will be given preference, but other criteria will be considered as well.
Receipt of the scholarships is contingent upon enrollment/acceptance at an eligible Jewish camp. By accepting the scholarship, the applicant agrees to participate in appropriate publicity before and/or after camp in the Community paper.
Specific information about each scholarship is available below. Additional scholarships for Israel trips and Jewish summer camp may be available from different sources through the Jewish Foundation of Louisville. Applications can be downloaded from www.jewishlouisville.org/federation/foundation/jewish-foundation-louisville-
scholarships/, or contact Mike Steklof, 502-238-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Laura K. Cohen Camp Scholarship
The late Laura K. Cohen thought summer camp was the best. She so treasured her time spent at a Zionist youth camp as a child that when she passed away, her friends and family chose to remember her by creating the Laura K. Cohen Camp Scholarship.
Applications for the partial-tuition camp scholarships will be accepted from youngsters interested in attending Jewish overnight summer camps that observe kosher dietary laws, are Zionistic in approach (provide an Israeli element in orientation and/or programming), and observe Shabbat.
Miriam and Dennis Fine Beber Camp Memorial Scholarship
Besides her family and friends, one of Miriam Fine’s favorite things was summer camp. From being a camper at the JCC’s Ben F. Washer Camp to being a counselor at Camp Livingston and a camp in Atlanta, it simply was her thing. She thought camp was important for all kids and was adamant that her children would go as well.
When Miriam passed away in 2004, her husband, Dennis, and their children, Molly, Max and Meredith, chose to memorialize her by ensuring others the opportunity to enjoy the Jewish camping experience that had been so much a part of her life and theirs. And when Dennis passed away in 2011, the fund was renamed to honor his memory as well.
Since the Fine children had attended the camp in Wisconsin over the years, the endowment was created to provide scholarships to Beber Camp.
Frankenthal Family Camp Ramah Scholarship
Citing their family’s desire to make a Jewish camping experience accessible for all youngsters in our community, Kim and Stuart Frankenthal endowed the Frankenthal Fund with the Jewish Foundation of Louisville. The Frankenthals had been Ramah campers and found it an “eye-opening experience” for themselves and their children. “Jewish camping opportunities have always been important to our entire family,” said Kim.
The Frankenthal Fund provides need-based scholarships for youngsters from the Louisville area at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. “We hope kids in the area will take advantage of the scholarship and the opportunity to be a part of Camp Ramah,” says Kim. “If they have a love for Judaism and want to have some fun at the same time, there’s nothing like it.”
March of the Living Scholarship
The March of the Living is a program that takes teens to Auschwitz/Birkenau, Dachau, Majdanek and other Holocaust sites in Poland, accompanied by a Holocaust survivor, and then to Israel. Participants visit Auschwitz on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, and are in Israel to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day.
When Natania Lipp participated in the March of the Living last spring, she realized how fortunate she was to be able to have this experience and wanted to find a way to help other teens have the same remarkable experience. Working with the Jewish Foundation of Louisville, she established the March of the Living Fund, and, starting this year, the fund will provide some scholarship assistance for a teen who wants to go on the March of the Living.
Lipp hopes generous donors in the community will help her continue to grow the fund to make more scholarships available in the future.
The next March of the Living will be May 1-16, 2016. Written applications must be submitted to the March of the Living Fund by January 15. Applications can be downloaded from www.jewishlouisville.org/federation/foundation/jewish-foundation-louisville-scholarships/ or you may contact Mike Steklof, 502-238-2774 or email@example.com. for more information. Additional information about the March of the Living can also be found at http://motl.org/.