Youth Scholarships

Youth Scholarships Available for Jewish Summer Experiences

“Jacobs camp has been a uniquely wonderful and meaningful experience for 3 of my kids. It would not have been financially possible to send three kids so many years without help and support. Jacobs Camp, Temple Emanu-El, and JCRS were always generous supporters. Each has a simple, confidential process. It was as easy as filling out a simple form. It was unintrusive and quick. We are so grateful to each for their help giving our children this incredible gift!” – Valerie Thompson

We firmly believe that summer camp participation provides a lifelong connection to Judaism, and supports attendance by our youth at the URJ-sponsored Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi. Our clergy are invited to participate each summer as guest faculty. Annually, Temple Emanu-El hosts a Jacobs Camp recruiting event and a Jacobs Camp Shabbat. We believe that summer camp participation provides a lifelong connection to Judaism. To help ensure that every child who wishes to attend is able to participate in Jewish summer camping experiences or travel/study in Israel, numerous financial assistance scholarships are also provided — thanks to our Sisterhood, Brotherhood, and Grafman Endowment Fund. Temple Emanu-El and the Rabbi Grafman Endowment Fund offers financial need-based scholarships for many Jewish summer experiences, such as Jewish summer camp, and attendance at special youth group conventions.

Scholarships for study/travel to Israel are also available for those who have completed confirmation.

  1. Youth Scholarship Application (2021)
    1. deadline: February 1, 2021
  2. Lester Siegel Scholarship Application (2021)
    1. eligibility 6th or 7th graders
    2. deadline: December 15, 2020
  3. Israel Experience Scholarship Form (2021)

For additional scholarship opportunities, you may also contact:

  1. Collat Jewish Family Services also offers Jewish camp scholarships. To learn how to apply, contact Lynn Rathmell, or (205) 278-7105
  2. Goldring Foundation grants $1,500.00 per child click:
    1. not needs-based
    2. eligibility for 1st- 9th graders first-time campers
    3. deadline: March 31, 2021
  3. Jewish Children’s Regional Services provides scholarships to help with attending camp. Head over to for more info
    1. eligibility for 3rd- 12th graders (as of Aug 31st, 2021)
    2. Priority deadline: February 15, 2021
  4. Jacobs Camp Scholarship Information: