The St. Paul Jewish Federation offers scholarships to help young people attend Jewish overnight camps and approved Israel Experience programs, as well as the E. David Fischman Scholarship for Israeli students and the Goldberger Family Scholarship for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

St. Paul Israel Experience Scholarship and Jewish Overnight Camp Scholarship

Federation offers scholarships for Jewish overnight camps and approved Israel experience programs for Jewish children and young adults living in St. Paul. Israel experience scholarships are available to those ages 13-22. Funding is limited, and scholarship amounts are subject to change.

The scholarship deadline is March 31, 2021

At least one adult family member must make a pledge to the Federation's current Annual Campaign. Families with past-due pledges to the Annual Campaign are not eligible for scholarships until the past-due balance is paid in full or arrangements are made with the Finance Director.

Federation pays scholarship awards directly to the camp or program.

Download the Jewish Overnight Camp Scholarship Application here.

Download the Israel Experience Scholarship Application here.

E-mail completed applications to, or mail to:

St. Paul Jewish Federation
Jewish Camp & Israel Experience Scholarships
790 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 227
St. Paul, MN 55116

For further information, contact Sharyn Effress Pesses
at 651-695-3186 or

E. David Fischman Scholarship for Israeli Students

The E. David Fischman Scholarship provides opportunities for Israeli students to pursue a doctorate in political science, law or economics in the United States. Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year are available. Click here to learn more!

Federation awarded 46 summer camp and 4 Israel Experience scholarships this year! 


Jewish summer camp is one of the best ways to help children develop a Jewish identity, but it can be cost-prohibitive for families. That's why we're happy to report that thanks to you, we were able to provide scholarships to every child who applied!

Goldberger Family Scholarship for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Goldberger Fund provides funds for Jewish families in St. Paul whose children (ages 12 months-18 years) have school district or medically diagnosed Autism Spectrum disorders or similar disorders.


Distributions are based on family need and income. Families may apply for financial assistance for the following types of programs and services (for example):

  •     Jewish educational support at St. Paul beneficiary agencies and synagogues
  •     Recreational programs
  •     Equipment
  •     Respite care
  •     Specialty camps


The application deadline for summer camp and school-year funding is March 31, 2021

Click here to download the application for the Goldberger Family Endowment Fund for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


For more information, contact Sharyn Effress Pesses, 651-695-3186 or

You may also check with your synagogue or the St. Paul JCC for additional scholarship resources.