Federation established its Israel Experience program in the 1990s as an outreach effort to local young adults to help solidify their Jewish identities through a personal and meaningful connection with Israel. Israel Experience is committed to sending every Jewish person aged 15-19 on an educational trip to Israel.
Meredith Lefkoff, Israel Scholarship Coordinator
Passport to Israel - Federation provides participating Metro Atlanta synagogues with Passport to Israel certificates for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah young adults. The certificate is valued at $350 and may be redeemed towards an approved Israel Experience program once the recipient is between the ages of 15 and 19.
Gift of Israel - Established in 1997, The Gift of Israel program presented an opportunity for Jewish Families to ensure that their children experience Israel in their formative teen years either through the Savings Plan or Bar/Bat Mitzvah Registry. The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is no longer accepting new application. If you are a Gift of Israel account holder and would like close your account, click here.
March of the Living - The March of the Living is an international, educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. For more information, please contact: March of the Living Atlanta at 404 303 8480 or BBYO Atlanta at 678 812 4000.
Birthright Israel – A unique partnership between the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities (North American Jewish Federations through the United Jewish Communities, Keren Hayesod and The Jewish Agency for Israel), and leading Jewish philanthropists. birthright israel provides a gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. For more information, visit www.birthrightisrael.com. Birthright Israel alumni now have a local connection through Birthight Israel NEXT! For more information, check them out on Facebook.
MASA – The goverment of Israel launched a needs-based scholarship program called MASA (learn more at www.masaisrael.org/masa/english/) ("journey" in Hebrew)for high school students up to age 30 who want to attend an Israel school or program for at least months.