The Irving and Bernice Singer
Israel Experience Program

Brett Hausler

Dear Teens and Parents:

The Israel Experience is an exciting teen initiative of the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire. It is based on the guiding principle that continuing Jewish education linked with a peer trip to Israel will forge a strong Jewish identity in the hearts and minds of youth. 

The Jewish Federation of New Hampshire strongly believes that a young adult peer travel experience to Israel is a fundamental educational opportunity in American Jewish communal life.

Funding for this program comes in part from the Irving and Bernice Singer Israel Experience Fund of the Jewish Federation Foundation.

What You Need to Know:

  • Up to $1000* is available to any NH Jewish teen entering 11th or 12th grade for a peer trip to Israel that is a minimum of 3 weeks. The grant is not based on financial need.
  • This amount is increased to up to $1800* for students who have continued with Hebrew High School through 10th grade or have completed their own synagogue’s high school program.
  • Teen must meet at least ONE of the following requirements:
    • live in one of these NH counties: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, or Sullivan**
    • live in one of these NH cities/towns: Atkinson, Danville, East Hampstead, Newton, Newton Junction, Nottingham, Plaistow, Raymond, Salem, Sandown, West Nottingham, or Windham**
    • be a member of one of these NH Jewish congregations: Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Chabad/Lubavitch of NH, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Congregation Betenu, Etz Hayim Synagogue, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Temple Beth Abraham, Temple B'nai Israel, Temple Israel in Manchester, Temple Meyer David, or Upper Valley Jewish Community
  • Families must participate in the current JFNH Annual Campaign with a paid pledge of $100 or more.
  • Families' accounts with JFNH must be in good standing.
  • A statement of cost of trip from the trip provider must be submitted to the JFNH.
  • This application is for all trips between June 2016 and May 2017. It must be submitted by
    February 15, 2016. Late applications will be considered if funding is available.

**People who do not live in these areas of New Hampshire may be served by the Seacoast UJA
Campaign. For more information, please contact Temple Israel in Portsmouth at 603-436-5301.

Teen Expectations:


* The amount of individual grants may vary depending upon the total number of applicants.

2016 Grant Application