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 these programs.
The deadline for application for summer program scholarships and the March of the Living Scholarship is January 15. A separate deadline is established for the Rita Baldwin Regional and International Scholarship fund for each BBYO Convention and is announced in the event announcement.
Written applications must be submitted to 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, Israel Trip, March of the Living Program or BBYO Program. 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 for each scholarship can be found below or you may contact Mary Jean Timmel at 502-238-2722 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rita Baldwin Regional and International BBYO Scholarship Fund
The Rita Baldwin Regional and International BBYO Scholarship fund provides need based scholarships for teens to attend BBYO Regional and International Conventions.
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.
Summer Camp Scholarships
One Happy Camper
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.
Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Jewish Identity Summer Scholarships
Since its inception in 2013, JHFE Scholarships enabled interested Jewish youth in Louisville and surrounding areas to receive financial assistance to participate in summer programs that build Jewish identity. These scholarships have provided 50 Jewish summer experiences. These scholarships are important to our community because research has shown that children with pivotal Jewish camp and Israel experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes, and take on leadership roles in their communities.
These scholarships can be used for any program which fits The Foundation for Jewish Camp’s definition of overnight Jewish camp which includes BBYO Summer Experiences for high school aged teens.
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.
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.”