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 Jackie Pisternick Teen Scholarship Fund and The Burt & Elaine Margulis Teen Scholarship Fund, part of the LA Jewish Teen Initiative’s effort to reduce barriers to participation, provide 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 the 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

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

  • Must live in the 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

Step 1: Fill out the Application completely. Please note incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Gather your completed application and a parent or guardian’s most recent tax return and W-2 if needed (see application for details), and email them to the LAJTI Financial Aid Committee at LAJTI@JewishLA.org.

If there are any specific financial circumstances that you think the reviewing committee should be aware of, please make note of them in the body of your email.

 


Questions? Contact:
LAJTI@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.

Contact


(323) 761-8343
JGreen@JewishLA.org