Getting to Israel to study can be expensive.

Dear Rabbi,

I’m sorry to bug you about something so small, but I was wondering if you knew of any funding opportunities I may be able to take advantage of for a fellowship I’m trying to take part in in Israel. I’ve been accepted to the Israel Government Fellow program ( The program is $15,000 and I’ve secured $11,000 from MASA and the program. I’ve sent e-mails to the [names redacted], and just about every other place I could think of. I either didn’t receive responses or was told no funding was available. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do the program unless I get a bit more funding.. Do you know of a place I may have not thought of, even something that could help me pay for my ticket? At this point, anything would help..

Every spring I get inundated with requests from students and recent grads who wan want to pursue a semester in Israel, or a graduate program. They are contacting me because after calling every Jewish organization, their synagogues, their JCCs and their Federations most still cannot find enough funding.

Thanks to MASA – there is now significant funding in situ to help cover tuition costs. But that doesn’t cover it all.

Does anyone have any ideas for this young woman – and the others that are bound to email and call me? Put your comments below or you can msg me at – Thanks for your help!

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