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SPRINGFIELD – The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts (JEF) is accepting applications for its Israel Young Adult Scholarship Program. Applications are available online at or can be accessed from JEF’s website at The application deadline is April 12.

The Israel Young Adult Scholarship Program is available to local students participating in eligible programs including Israel educational/cultural tours, study in Israel and March of the Living Program. Applications will be considered for local area residents participating in programs that will take place during the summer of 2013 or in the 2013-2014 academic year. Requirements vary by fund. The following funds are currently accepting applications:

Hebrew Education, Culture and Israel Scholarship Fund: This fund was established in 1995 by the Trustees of the former United Hebrew School. Applicants must live in Hampden County and have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. Students must participate in a summer teen study and/or tour program in Israel. Awards are based on continuing Jewish education, community involvement, qualifications and potential for future leadership.

Melvin and Florence Lavin Fund for Israel Travel: This fund was established in 1998 by the Lavin family to support college and graduate students who wish to travel to Israel for an educational or cultural program. Priority is given to students who are unaffiliated and/or have not been to Israel before.

Jody Berg Memorial Fund: This fund was established to provide scholarships for teen travel to Israel. Financial need is the primary criterion for this award.

Nathan & Joan Libby Jewish Education Fund: Monies from this fund are available to high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors for participation in teen study and/or tour programs in Israel. Awards are based on need, qualifications, and potential for Jewish leadership.

Lillian and Phillip Bessof Simcha Restricted Fund: This fund was established to provide support for local Jewish teens and young adults to participate in organized Jewish-oriented activities.

Irving and Mollie Merrill Scholarship Fund: Established in 2000 this fund provides scholarships to teen and young adults who wish to pursue their Jewish education in Israel. Preference is given to congregants of Congregation B’nai Torah, Temple Beth El, or Sinai Temple.

Lynn and William Foggle 50th Anniversary Fund for Israel Scholarships: Established in 2005, this fund provides financial assistance to students from the
Springfield area who participate in educational travel to Israel during or upon completion of 11th or 12th grade.

Leslie and Beatrice Kahan Scholarship Fund and Bertha and Abraham Ritterman Scholarship Fund: Established in 2010, these funds provide scholarships for a variety of purposes, including travel to Israel.

Complete descriptions for all funds are detailed in the scholarship application and online at For additional information, please contact Michelle Lancto at (413) 732-9994 or via email at The Jewish Endowment Foundation is a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.

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