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.
Eligible recipients are Jewish OC residents between the ages of rising 4th grader (3rd grade for congregational religious school only) and age 22. You may apply for a Passport if you live outside of OC but are affiliated with an OC congregation. Siblings are eligible to apply in the same year (and the same program), but a separate application must be filled out for each student.
Let us explain this chart for you a bit more. For Religious School and regular CTeen and Israeli Scouts programs, applicants may request up to $1,000 every year. For all other programs, any Passport funding you receive counts toward a $1,000 lifetime cap. How you use those funds is your choice. For example, you may apply for a full $1,000 toward a teen Israel trip. Or, you can apply for $300 for Maccabi, $300 for Jewish summer camp, and $400 toward an Israel trip in the student's life.
* Not sure how much you or your child has received toward his/her lifetime cap? Email Passport@JFFS.org.
Each Passport to Jewish Life® application requires a separate recommendation letter to be considered for funding. You must request a letter from a community professional (rabbi, cantor, educator, teacher, coach, etc) can can speak positively on your/your child’s behalf, and it must be emailed to Passport@JFFS.org by the appropriate application deadline. Recommendation letters CANNOT be written by family members.
|Application Deadline||Committee Decisions|
|January 9||January 25|
|March 24||April 24|
|May 22||June 12|
|September 6||October 23|