Passport to Jewish Life


Passport to Jewish Life grants open doors to meaningful and exciting Jewish educational experiences for children and teens in our community.


Since 2007, more than 2,300 Passport to Jewish Life grants have been awarded, totaling over $1.3 million. Made possible by our community’s generosity, these grants have helped thousands of OC Jewish youth to participate in local congregational religious schools, teen programs, Jewish day and overnight camps, JCC Maccabi experiences, and Israel peer group or study abroad programs.


Passport funding, in the form of block grants to Jewish educational program providers, is determined by a grants committee of Jewish Federation & Family Services. JFFS does not accept individual applications for Passport grants. Through Passport block grants, we provide parents with a more direct process for requesting financial support for the program in which they want their child to participate, and empower program providers to make individual grant decisions for their programs.


Passport block grants for 2020 have not yet been determined (as of January 2020). Please check back with this page later this spring for more information.



Other Possible Sources of Funding in OC

  • Ask your congregation / organization / program provider if they have a scholarship program and how you can apply.
  • Ask your congregation / organization / program provider for a payment plan to make it easier for you to manage the cost of a program.