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2014 Financial Aid Opportunities

Dear CJ Families,

We have put together a list of potential grant and financial aid opportunities available to our families. While this list does not include everything, we hope this will help the process of finding financial assistance to send your child(ren) to camp this summer.

Camp Judaea Campers

Camp Judaea offers a limited amount of need based scholarship to registered 2014 families on a payment plan.   The application is online at http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx.

Deadline: February 26, 2014

Round Two Deadline: April 18, 2014

Camp Judaea and Young Judaea have an improved scholarship process this year. This new process is intended to make it easier for our families and help the scholarship committee get a clearer picture of individual families’ needs. You will only need to fill out one application per family, and that application will cover all participants in ANY Young Judaea program (Camp Judaea, Israel Programs, Tel Yehudah). Private School Aid Service (PSAS) will be administering the application and providing the scholarship committee with an assessment of a family’s financial situation. There is an application fee of $25. This application fee need only be paid once per family and will apply to all Young Judaea programs (if you have a child attending CJ and another at TY/Yearcourse/Machon, the same fee covers all the applications).

(Please note that the beginnings of the application makes several references to “School”, it really refers to Camp and will be updated shortly. You also need to select the 2014-2015 Year and will need to know what session your child’s attending to proceed with the application.)

Hadassah also offers limited scholarships as well. The Hadassah scholarship committee will consider the same application form that is submitted for the Camp Judaea and Young Judaea scholarships. To apply for a Camp Judaea scholarship, please visit http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx. To be eligible for a Hadassah scholarship, you must be a member of Hadassah.

If you have any questions about this process, please call 404.634.7883 or email david@campjudaea.org.

Miami-Dade Residents

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has need-based scholarships available. The application is currently available and can be accessed here. The deadline is January 31, 2014. Please apply early! To be eligible for consideration, applicants must live in Miami-Dade County. Families must demonstrate financial need and submit, in addition to an application, the appropriate paperwork and verification of acceptance of the child in one of the camps eligible for funding.

For more information, contact Flora Akselrad at 786.866.8498 or fakselrad@gmjf.org.

Apply early!!!!

Metro-Atlanta Residents

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has need-based scholarships available for Summer 2014. The application deadline is February 28, 2014. The application is available here. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must live within the metro-Atlanta area (defined as 50-mile radius of the Federation). For more information, contact Lauri Cohen at lcohen@jfga.org or 678-222-3730.

Palm Beach County and Martin County Residents

The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach has scholarships available. The application can be found here. The application deadline is February 7, 2014. Call 561-615-4953 or email JTI@JewishPalmBeach.org for more information.

Broward County Residents

The Jeanette and Abe Sonenshein Jewish Sleep Away Camp Scholarship Fund is available through CAJE-Broward.  Please call 954-660-2077 to obtain an application and find out more more about this scholarship. There has been no 2014 details released yet.

Alabama, Arkansas, Louisana, Mississippi or Tennessee Residents

The Jewish Children’s Regional Services has camp scholarship aid available to many families throughout the South. Please visit http://www.jcrs.org/services/camp-scholarship-aid/ for more information and to complete the application. The deadline is February 15, 2014. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application, please contact Janice Zazulak, Camp Scholarship Coordinator, at (504) 828-6334.

Louisana, Mississippi, Alabama and northwest Florida Residents

The Goldring Jewish Summer Camp Experience  offers one-time grants of $1000 to first-time campers. The application is currently available. For more information, call Ellen Abrams at (504) 524-4559 or email ellen@jefno.org.

Pinellas and Pasco Counties Residents

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco County and the Covenant Fund are offering need-based camp scholarships for the 2014 camping season. Application details are currently available.  The deadline is January 17, 2014. For more information, please call the Federation office at 727-530-3223.

Jacksonville, FL Residents

The Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida offers the Len & Judy Elikan Camp Scholarships. Application details can be found online here.  The deadline is February 28th, 2014. For more information, please email the Foundation at Elikanscholarship@jewishfoundationnefl.org.

Birmingham, AL Residents

The Birmingham Jewish Federation offers limited need-based camp scholarships. To apply, contact Collat Jewish Family Services at 205-879-3438.

Greensboro, NC Residents

The Greensboro Jewish Federation offers need-based camp scholarships. Applications are available here and the deadline is February 28th, 2014. For more information, please call Betsy Gamburg, Jewish Family Services Director at  336-852-4829 ext. 225 or email her at bgamburg@shalomgreensboro.org (PS-Application at Bottom of Page)

Western North Carolina Residents

The WNC Jewish Federation offers need-based financial aid. Please visit http://www.jewishasheville.org/Camp-Info.html for the application and more information. The deadline is February 3, 2014. Please apply soon. For more information, please email administrator@JewishAsheville.org.

Other Opportunities

Please check with your local synagogues and Federations for opportunities that may be available to your family. If you know of any opportunities that are available, but not listed here, please email David Weiss at david@campjudaea.org.

Reminder: Most granting agencies that award funds on a needs basis want to know that families have made arrangements with CJ to cover a portion of the tuition prior to applying for scholarship. If you have not already, please ensure that you have a payment plan with camp that covers a good portion of your balance. When applying for assistance, agencies will want to know that you have approached multiple sources for assistance. Besides the places below, synagogues and Jewish Family Services are also good places to try. Please let us know if there are sources other than those listed here that may be able to assist families in getting their children to CJ for a camp experience. We understand this can be confusing and frustrating at times. We would like this process to be as easy as possible. If you have questions regarding the scholarship process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 404-634-7883 or info@campjudaea.org.

Supporting Camp Judaea Scholarships

If you are interested in supporting Camp Judaea Scholarships, you can donate here or contact David Weiss, Associate Director, at 404-634-7883 or david@campjudaea.org.