The Send-a-Kid-to-Israel Program (S.K.I.P), which provides subsidies up to $2,500 for teens and young adults to travel to Israel, is part of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee's commitment to continuity and identity for our community.


The SKIP program is funded in large part by the Betty (pictured) and Herb Schiff Send-a-Kid-to-Israel Fund.

 Read about experiences from those that have particpated in S.K.I.P.!


1. You must identify as a Jewish person.
2. You must be between the ages of 13 and 30.
3. You must be accepted to an Israel trip sponsored by an accredited academic, experiential or volunteer base program (Examples are: BBYO, NFTY, USY, Alexander Muss, Young Judaea, Emma Kauffman, MASA , etc.) for at least 3 weeks and no more than 52 weeks.
4. You and/or your parents must have resided in Sarasota or Manatee County for at least one year prior to applying.
5. You must complete an application (below) and interview.
6. Scholarship is paid directly to the organization and cannot be used for deposit or travel arrangements.
7. Financial need is not a determining factor.
8. You are required to keep a journal of your experience and to write an article for The Jewish News upon your return.
9. You will be required to complete 15 hours of volunteer work for the Federation (or other Jewish organization of your choosing if you are not local). This may include but is not limited to registration, set-up and clean-up at events, speaking about your experience, and office help. You will be required to submit a log or summary of your volunteering signed by a staff member or project coordinator within one year of your return.
10. Promote and assist in recruitment efforts for future recipients.
11. Parents of S.K.I.P. recipients under the age of 18. will be required to complete 15 hours of volunteer work for the Federation.
12. The S.K.I.P. Scholarship funds have been made available through the generosity of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and its donors. Parents of S.K.I.P. recipients under the age of 18. will be required to meet one-on-one with Federation staff to discuss a financial contribution to the Federation’s unrestricted annual campaign.
-- a. NOTE: For families with demonstrated financial need, alternative options for giving can be discussed.
13. S.K.I.P. recipients are required to meet one-on-one with Federation staff upon their return.
14. S.K.I.P. recipients are limited to one overseas travel/scholarship opportunity per year. If you have received a trip or subsidy from Federation for Young Ambassadors, March of the Living, MASA, or Alexander Muss within the same academic year in which you are applying for S.K.I.P., you will not be eligible to receive a S.K.I.P. scholarship.

Please note: Families that have made a contribution to the Federation's current campaign will be given priority in the selection process.

*No student will be will be denied this opportunity due to lack of financial resources. Such situations will be addressed by the Financial Hardship Committee.

Applications will open in Spring 2014. The deadline for programs beginning in summer/fall 2014 is April 4, 2014.

For more info, contact Amber Ikeman at 941.343.2106.

Contributions to Federation’s Send-a-Kid-to-Israel Program (S.K.I.P) Fund will enable our community’s teens to travel to
Israel, strengthening their ties to our homeland and their Jewish heritage.
If you would like to help send an area teen to Israel, click HERE.