Memphis Jewish Federation Announces Need-Based Israel Travel Subsidies for First Timer Adults
MJF is thrilled to announce the creation of a new Lemsky Endowment Fund initiative providing travel subsidies for first-time Memphis Jewish adults participating in an organized Israel trip, who have demonstrated financial need. Any Jewish Memphian over age 32 (post Birthright) who joins a Memphis-based Federation, Synagogue or JCC trip to Israel may request from Memphis Jewish Federation a flight subsidy of up to $1500 for a coach ticket to Israel.
Individuals seeking the flight subsidy should submit a letter including the names and dates of the trip, total trip cost and an outline of the need for a subsidy. The request should be sent to Tim Wheat, JCP’s Director of Finance and Human Resources. The process will be strictly confidential. Following subsidy approval, applicant should send Tim a copy of the flight receipt and a reimbursement check will be sent. Subsidy recipients are required to volunteer at Super Sunday or at another Federation-sponsored event if they will be out of town on that date (with anonymity preserved).
Subsidy request letters for trips taking place July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020 will be accepted from December 15, 2018-April 15, 2019 on a first come-first served basis.
Facilitating opportunities for immersive Israel experiences has long been a priority of Memphis Jewish Federation. We recognize and value the long term impact of Israel experiences on Jewish and Israel engagement, leadership and philanthropy. For many years, Federation’s Lemsky Endowment Fund has provided Israel experience subsidies for school-led junior high trips to Israel, high school and post high school young adult Israel programs and Federation missions. We are thrilled to be able to now add to our menu need-based subsidies for first time adult visitors to Israel.