Simon Family Passport to Israel

Grants for teens interested in visiting Israel.



 Click here for application and additional information.


Tidewater Jewish Foundation is pleased to announce the Simon Family Passport to Israel Fund, providing grants for Israel trips.

The purpose of this program is to provide funds to enable and encourage Jewish students (age 13 – 18)* to participate in an Israel Trip experience.



Trips should be:

  • Educational
  • Peer group of young people traveling together
  • Organized by a non-profit organization, educational institution or religious institution
  • Staffed by qualified personnel
  • Structured with a predetermined itinerary

Grant is for students living in the Tidewater area. All Jewish students between the ages of 13 – 18* may apply.

Please note:  A student may not be awarded this grant more than once; Trips will be funded up to 30% of the eligible expenses with a maximum of $6,000 per student.


*Students over 18 can apply but they must indicate why a Birthright Israel trip will not meet their needs at this time.

Simon Family Passport to Israel Grant Recipient - Michael Brooke

Michael Brooke is studying in Israel at Mir Yerushalyim with the support of a Simon Family Passport to Israel grant. As you can see from the above video, he’s having the experience of a lifetime! If you have a teen or know a teen who’d like to travel to Israel, TJF wants to help get them there. Applications are now available.


For more information or to apply, contact Ann Swindell at or 757.965.6106.