The Sarah B. and Louis M. Kesselman Israel Program Scholarship Fund enables Jewish young adults to spend a semester or a year in Israel helping them to strengthen their Jewish identity and build a lasting relationship with Israel. The Sarah B. and Louis M. Kesselman Israel Program Scholarship Fund is a fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, the endowment development program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
Applications for programs between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 are due on April 20, 2020.
residents of the Milwaukee metropolitan area or students who have graduated from a Milwaukee area high school
are now attending an institution of higher learning in the State of Wisconsin
participating in MASA approved Israel travel/study programs
Scholarships are for teens and young adults ages 18–30 who are participating in MASA approved Israel travel/study programs.
Funding is not available for peer educational programs.
Applicants must be residents of the Milwaukee metropolitan area or students who have graduated from a Milwaukee area high school who are now attending an institution of higher learning in the State of Wisconsin.
The maximum scholarship available for program participants is $2500 and applicable to the published cost of the program only. Domestic flight expenses, travel insurance or personal expenses are not covered by the scholarships.
The application must be completed by the student only. The application must be typed with all questions and sections completed. If a section is not applicable, please explain. Applications missing any requested materials will NOT be considered. The quality of the application is considered in the awarding of scholarships.
2017 Tax Form (first two pages) must be included.
Upon the applicant’s return to his/her community, the applicant is expected to share his/her experiences through written and/or oral presentations, and to participate in Jewish communal activities in the Milwaukee area.
Scholarship funds are sent directly to the sponsoring organization, not the applicant.
It is understood that if the applicant is dismissed early from the Israel program due to an infraction of the program rules, the full amount of the scholarship received will be repaid to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Kesselman Israel Program Scholarship fund.
Successful applicants are considered to be representatives of the greater Milwaukee Jewish community.
The Nativ College Leadership Program has been an enriching experience so far. I have learned a lot about Israel and her culture, as well as about myself. I have become more independent, knowledgable, and responsible.”
“For the past six months, I have been a participant of the Hevruta Gap Year Program in Jerusalem, which is run by the Shalom Hartman Institute. My understanding of Israel is now much deeper. I have spent dozens of Shabbatot in communities across the land, experiencing true Israeli life in a completely unfiltered manner.”
“During my gap year in Israel, I am attending the Jewish seminary, Midreshet Tehillah. I decided to pursue a year in Israel to expand my knowledge in Jewish subjects and studies in order to ultimately become a better version of myself. My school is acting as my family during this year, and I am proud to call it my home.”
“I am currently participating in the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF) program teaching English in an elementary school. I live in the Old City of Be’er Sheva, the biggest city in the Negev region, and I couldn’t be happier with my city placement. It has welcomed me with a great deal of hospitality and it really feels like home.”