Programs & Resources

Youth & Families

Camp & Israel Scholarships

For more than 40 years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston has made it possible for families, with financial needs, to provide an intensive Jewish educational experience for their children via financial assistance for camp and Israel scholarships.

Scholarship applications are reviewed monthly from January through May. All scholarships are need-based, and scholarships are awarded on a first come first served basis. The deadline to submit your application is May 12.


Need-Based Overnight Camp Scholarships

  • Greater Houston Jewish residents
  • Ages 7-16
  • Must attend camp for a minimum of one week
  • Must attend a Jewish content camp in North America (approved camps can be found HERE)
  • Scholarships are available for one session per camper.
  • IRS forms required with application
  • We strongly encourage applicants to apply for additional sources of scholarships. See below for other resources:
    • Scholarships through your camp
    • Congregation or rabbi’s fund
    • Jewish Children’s Regional Services (JCRS)
  • JCRS scholarships are available for all Jewish campers. JCRS offers the choice between two options: a short form with a pre-determined award amount ($250), or a longer application with a need-based award to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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Need-Based Israel Trip Summer or Gap Year

  • Greater Houston Jewish residents
  • Current 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
  • Israel program is sponsored by a Jewish organization
  • Must attend for a minimum of 3 weeks, and maximum of up to 1 year
  • IRS forms required with application
  • Applications for long-term (8 weeks – 1 year) programs should be submitted by March 1.

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Camp & Israel Scholarship Webinar

Questions about eligibility and our process? View the webinar below to learn more.


Funding for scholarships is made possible by donations to the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the Elaine Kellerman Camp and Israel Scholarship Fund, and the Roger Sofer Legacy Scholarship for Israel Programs Fund.


* The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston funds programs and organizations that benefit individuals and families regardless of their religion. However, when financial aid is provided from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston on behalf of a specific individual, the individual must be Jewish. This financial aid requirement is to honor the intent and expectation of the Federation’s donors with regard to these particular financial aid programs. 

For more information, contact  Liz Garza.