Passport to Israel
Passport to Israel is a savings incentive program that encourages families to start saving early for a child's educational Israel experience. The Jewish community believes that this type of experience is important for our youth.
The Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul administers this community partnership with families, sponsoring congregations, and participating organizations, to make an Israel experience more affordable. Participating organizations help families enroll in Passport to Israel and make contributions.
Jewish children ages 8-21 in the St. Paul community are eligible to enroll in Passport to Israel. Affiliation and participation with a congregation or agency is encouraged by not required. Participation in the St. Paul Federation is required. Click here to learn more about the St. Paul Federation Israel Experience Scholarship for children and young adults ages 13-22.
Eligible children can enroll in Passport to Israel through their sponsoring synagogue or participating Jewish organization.
Eligible Israel Programs
Students must start their Israel program between the ages of 15 and 21. Programs must be operated by a reputable organization and have a solid educational foundation. Students may select from hundreds of programs offered by national and local organizations.
Families and sponsoring congregations contribute a combined total of $200 per year, per child. Consult your congregation for details. Families enrolled through participating agencies contribute $200 directly to the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, as these agencies do not contribute financially. The Federation adds $150 per child for up to eight years, or $1,200. All funds are placed in an interest-bearing account.
Everyone gains from Passport to Israel:
To download and print a Passport to Israel application, click on the Downloads link below.
For more information about the program, contact Sharyn Effress Pesses at 651-695-3186 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To enroll in Passport to Israel, contact one of the following participating St. Paul area synagogues and organizations:
Adath Israel Synagogue (651) 698-8300
Beth Jacob Congregation (651) 452-2226
Mount Zion Temple (651) 698-3881
Shir Tikvah Congregation (612) 822-1440
Temple of Aaron (651) 698-8874
Jewish Community Center (651) 698-0751
Talmud Torah of St. Paul (651) 698-8807