What is Passport to Jewish Life®?


Like passports used by travelers, JFFS “Passports” are need- and merit-based educational grants that open doors to meaningful and exciting Jewish experiences for OC Jewish youth and young adults.



Passport to Jewish life is a three-way partnership:


JFFS is committed to ensuring Jewish kids and teens in Orange County are able to participate in fun and meaningful Jewish educational activities! This year, we’ve streamlined the application process even more. 
For 2018, to receive Passport to Jewish Life® funds for Jewish camp, religious school, Maccabi, and OC Jewish teen programs:

STEP 1: Reach out directly to your program provider. A number of organizations and congregations have received BLOCK GRANTS from Jewish Federation & Family Services for their programs, and they will be directly distributing Passport grants to participating families.
If you reach out to your program provider, and they have not received a block grant, do NOT worry! Funding is available for you. Please ask your program provider to contact Jillian Katz at Passport@JFFS.org or 949.435.3484 ext. 335.
Please note, for program providers and families looking for funding for an Israel Experience (e.g. Masa Israel, TVT Poland/Israel trip), requests in 2018 will be administered by the JFFS Planning & Funding Committee. Please email Kathleen Mellon, Senior Director of Community Partnerships, at Grants@JFFS.org with all inquiries.

Step 2: After you receive your JFFS Passport to Jewish Life® grant, have your son or daughter share a testimonial about how the Jewish educational experience positively impacted them. We’d love to hear from your family!

Testimonials can be emailed to Passport@JFFS.org or mailed to:

Jewish Federation & Family Services
ATTN: Jillian Katz
1 Federation Way, Suite 210
Irvine, CA 92603


For Israel Experience Passports (peer-group and study-abroad programs for teens through age 22):

2018 Requests will be administered by the JFFS Planning & Funding Committee. Please email Kathleen Mellon, Senior Director of Community Partnerships, at Grants@JFFS.org for more information.


Still have questions? 

We have answers! Our JFFS Youth Outreach & Engagement Coordinator, Jillian Katz, is ready to help you! Either email Passport@JFFS.org or call 949.435.3484 ext.335.