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TEENS : IsraelScholarships

Funding for St. Louis Area Teens

2014 Israel Scholarship Need-Based Application - Fill in by hand
2014 Israel Scholarship Need-Based Application - Form Fill
2014 Israel Teen Fellows Application 
2014 Pessin Scholarship Application    

The Central Agency for Jewish Education and the Jewish Federation offers merit and need-based scholarships for high school students participating in Israel experience program.

Israel Experience Center Need-Based Grants

The objective of the Israel Experience Center is to encourage and enable every St. Louis Jewish teen to participate in a quality educational Israel experience.  It is our intention to maximize the number of teens going to Israel by making the Israel experience available, accessible and affordable.

The Israel Experience Center provides need-based scholarship assistance to help make those trips affordable.  Generous funding is made available from the St. Louis Jewish Federation's Sam, Charles and Mamie Rich Education Fund.

To be eligible to receive financial aid, the applicant must:

  • Demonstrate family financial need
  • Be a resident of the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area
  • Be a high school student

All applications are held in strict confidence and the committee review process is anonymous.

2014 Israel Scholarship Application (Fill in by Hand)

2014 Israel Scholarship Applicaton (Form Fill Applicaton)

Application date has expired. 2014 Isarel Teen Fellows Application (Form Fill Application)

Application date has expired. 2014 Pessin Scholarship Application (Form Fill Application)

For any questions regarding the application, contact Karen Rader at (314) 442-3756.

2013 Pessin Award Winners

The Central Agency for Jewish Education is pleased to announce that Ryan Finkelstein and David Iken have been awarded the 2013 Stuart I. Pessin Israel Teen Merit Scholarship. The awardees were chosen on the basis of their activities in the Jewish community, commitment to continued Jewish education and high school achievement.

The two awards, which are allocated from the Stuart I. Pessin Scholarship Fund, compliment the existing Israel grant program administered by CAJE and funded by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The merit-based award provides a means for select high school students to receive community funds by demonstrating their commitment to Judaism and the St. Louis Jewish community.

Ryan Finkelstein


Ryan is a sophomore at Parkway North High School. He is involved in swimming, water polo and jazz band at school.  Ryan was recently selected into the Rankin Jordan Pediatric Hospital volunteer program.  He is also a madrichim volunteer at Congregation Shaare Emeth.  Ryan will be participating on the NFTY Israel trip with his summer camp - GUCI. 


David is senior at Clayton High School.  He has been actively involved in JAM, the Jewish and Muslim dialogue group.  He is currently the Regional President of NCSY.  David participates in Student-to-Student and was instrumental in writing the curriculum for the Senator John C. Danforth Israel Scholars Program.  In the fall David will be studying at a Yeshiva for a year.  

David Iken

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