Simon Family Passport to Israel

Grants for teens interested in visiting Israel

The Tidewater Jewish Foundation is pleased to offer the Simon Family Passport to Israel Fund, which provides grants for Israel trips. The purpose of the Passport to Israel program is to provide grants to enable Jewish students (ages 13 – 22) to participate in an Israel trip experience. The Simon Family Passport is open to individuals connected to the Tidewater Jewish community.




All applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for a grant.


  • Must identify as Jewish.
  • Must be age 13–22.
    • Students over the age of 18 will be considered if they can indicate why the Birthright Israel program does not meet their needs at this time, with priority given to local Tidewater area residents.
  • Must have already applied and received notification of acceptance into a peer group structured Israel experience organized by an approved organization.
    • Approved organization: must be considered a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity based in the United States or have a United States-based affiliate, designated to receive such funds.
    • Note: students who are currently in or recently completed a program are not eligible for funding.


If awarded the grant, TJF will fund up to 30% of eligible trip expenses, with a maximum of $6,000 per student.

Prior recipients of these funds are ineligible.

Simon Family Passport to Israel Grant Recipient: Jordan Parker-Ashe

With the support of the Simon Family Passport to Israel grant, Jordan Parker-Ashe traveled to Israel to participate in the BBYO Passport Trek Israel program. As part of the program, Jordan took part in a five day wilderness immersion group hike which took them from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee with amazing experiences she will never forget!

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