Our Federation believes that Jewish programming should be accessible to every Jewish teen in Los Angeles. Whether it’s enjoying the competitive, team-building spirit of Maccabi Games, or attending a weekend retreat to connect with other local Jewish teens, no family should have to tell their child they can’t afford to participate.

The Burt and Elaine Margulis Teen Scholarship Fund, part of the LA Jewish Teen Initiative’s effort to reduce barriers to participation, provides financial aid for short-term Jewish activities.

Incentive Grant Criteria

Qualified applicants will receive $100 to be used toward a program costing no more than $500.

  • Must live in Greater Los Angeles area
  • Must currently be in grades 7-12
  • Must apply at least one month in advance of program date
  • Not applicable to day school or religious school Shabbatons
  • Event must be no longer than 7 days
  • Must be attending a program for the first time through a specific provider
  • Examples of activities covered: weekend retreat or Shabbaton with a Jewish youth group, regional convention of a Jewish youth group

Need-Based Financial Aid Criteria

Qualified applicants will receive funds to be used toward a program costing $500 or more.

  • Must live in Greater Los Angeles area
  • Must currently be in grades 7-12
  • Cost of program must be at least $500 (excluding travel). Financial aid cannot be used toward travel.
  • Must apply at least one month in advance of program date
  • Not applicable to Israel trips
  • Cannot be combined with incentive financial aid
  • Can only apply once per calendar year
  • Current tax return and W-2 must be submitted for application to be considered
  • Examples of programs covered: youth group national convention, WJCC Maccabi Games, Jewish service learning trips

Need-based Financial Aid Application Instructions:

  1. Fill out the application completely. Please note incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  2. Complete the Financial Aid reference form.
  3. Send the completed application, reference form, and parents’ most recent tax return and W-2 (if applicable) to Jessica Green. You may e-mail the documents to JGreen@JewishLA.org. Please also indicate any special financial circumstances of which the financial aid committee should be aware in the e-mail.

Incentive Scholarship Application

Financial Aid Scholarship Application

FAQ


Questions? Contact Jessica Green at JGreen@JewishLA.org.
A program of the LA Jewish Teen Initiative, in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and generous contributions from Burt & Elaine Margulis.