Since 2007, more than 2,500 Passport to Jewish Life Grants have been awarded, totaling more than $1.4 million. Made possible by our community’s generosity, Passport to Jewish Life Grants have opened doors to meaningful and exciting Jewish educational experiences for thousands of children and teens in our community.
Student must reside in Orange County, California and be attending a non-profit organization’s Jewish summer program. Eligible programs include, but are not limited to, day and overnight camps, informal learning seminars, and Maccabi Games.
Students receiving a RootOne subsidy for an Israel program are not eligible for a Passport Grant.
Students must be in grades 3-12 as of September 2022.
Parents will be notified of Passport Grant decision and grant funds will be sent directly to the program.
Parents are responsible for notifying Jewish Federation of Orange County if the student’s summer plans change or if the student will not attend the program for which a Passport Grant was awarded. Please notify LArmony@JFedOC.org.
Passport Grants are subject to a $1,000 lifetime cap per applicant.
The summer 2022 Passport to Jewish Life grant application is now closed.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What programs are eligible for Passport to Jewish Life Grants? Students may receive a Passport Grant for participation in most non-profit organizations’ Jewish programs in the U.S., Israel, and around the world. Programs and applicants that receive RootOne subsidies are not eligible. If you are not sure if the program the student is attending is a RootOne partner program, please check with the program provider.
Are Passport Grants needs-based? No. However, Passport Grants may be for a greater amount if the applicant demonstrates financial need. Jewish Federation of Orange County does not require applicants to submit financial records or tax returns, but by submitting an application, each applicant certifies that all information stated on the application is correct and complete.
My child received a Passport Grant in the past. May we apply again? Yes. Children may receive multiple Passport Grants up to a cumulative total lifetime cap of $1,000.
Can more than one student per family apply for a Passport Grant? Yes.
How much funding may we apply for? Each student may apply for a maximum of $1,000. Total amount of grant is dependent on a number of factors, including the total amount of funding available per year and number of applicants. The average Passport Grant is typically around $350.
What if we have received funding from another source? We encourage families to apply to multiple sources of funding to defray the cost of programs as much as possible. Our goal is to provide funding for as many children as possible, so we ask that you report any additional funding on your Passport Grant application.
When is the application deadline? Friday, March 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm
When will we be notified about our application? Applicants can expect to be notified in mid-April.
What if our summer plans change? Families are required to inform Jewish Federation of Orange County if their student’s summer plans change or if the student will not attend a program for which a Passport Grant was awarded, or if the student will attend the program for less time than reported on the student’s application. Please send any changes in your plans to Lisa@jffs.org.
Who receives the grant funding? Grant funding is sent directly to the program that your child will attend.
I have other questions. Who should I contact? Please contact Lisa Armony, Chief Impact Officer at LArmony@JFedOC.org.
Jewish Federation of Orange County is deeply grateful for significant annual support of the Passport program from the Ann Moskowitz Passport to Jewish Life Endowment Fund, established in 2014 by her husband Joel (z”l) to honor Ann on the couple’s fiftieth wedding anniversary. In presenting this extraordinary gift, Joel paid tribute to Ann as “the quiet but significant force behind the scenes…whose stewardship of Passport is a powerful testament to the teachings of Maimonides” and expressed his thanks “on behalf of the thousands of Jewish kids who will benefit from Passport in the years to come.”
Temple Beth Emet Endowment
Jewish Federation is thrilled to announce a gift of $500,000 from Temple Beth Emet of Anaheim, which will amplify youth participation in Jewish educational experiences over the next two decades. This milestone contribution will provide $25,000 each year to the Federation’s Passport to Jewish Life grant program, opening the doors for hundreds of children and teens to experience Jewish day and overnight camps, JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, as well as educational journeys to destinations of Jewish history and significance, including Israel and Poland.
“We are deeply grateful to the leadership of Temple Beth Emet for their forethought in making this remarkable commitment. Since 1956, Temple Beth Emet has been a center of Orange County Jewish life and learning for youth and their families; with this gift, the Temple extends its proud legacy well into the future,” said Erik Ludwig, President & CEO of Jewish Federation.
Lou Abramovitz, President of Temple Beth Emet, explained “We made this gift intentionally to Federation as a way to support Jewish youth from all backgrounds and denominations in increasing their connection to Jewish life.”