Lemsky Endowment Fund

 

The Lemsky Endowment Fund of Memphis Jewish Federation, established through the generosity of the late Abe Lemsky z'l, further enables Federation to strengthen the bonds between Memphis and Israel through a variety of programs.

 

The Lemsky Fund has accomplished this by providing support for a variety of programs and activities, including

  • Subsidies for high school and post high school students to participate in summer and/or study and volunteer programs in Israel

  • Financial support for programs of interest about Israel through lectures, performances, and Israeli emissaries brought to Memphis for the benefit of the greater community

  • Vital funding for special projects in Israel provided through the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Joint Distribution Committee, and World ORT, to aid new immigrants, the elderly and Israeli populations at risk

  • Non-Profit Agency Local Israel Programs

    Memphis Jewish Federation is now accepting applications from non-profit agencies for a Lemsky Endowment Fund grant for a local Memphis program that builds bridges and forges connections between Memphis and Israel.

Last year, Amal Elsana Alh’jooj journeyed to Memphis as a lecturer for Beth Sholom’s Israel: Behind the Conflict speaker series, a program funded in part by a Lemsky Endowment Fund grant. Click on the image to learn more about Amal's visit.

Are you a non-profit agency looking to apply for a grant for a local program or programs that fit within the stated mission of the Lemsky Endowment Fund?

 

Grant application guidelines for local programs in 2019-2020.

 

2019-2020 grant application.

 

Please contact Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein if you have any questions.

 

 

Grants for Teen/Young Adult Israel Programs

 

The Lemsky Endowment Fund offers grants for teens and young adults to participate in educational programs in Israel. Rising high school juniors and seniors in the Memphis Jewish community are eligible for up to $3000 in funding to participate in a recognized summer or semester program in Israel, while high school graduates in the Memphis Jewish community are eligible for up to $4000 in funding to participate in a recognized gap year, summer, or semester program in Israel (through age 32). Grant funding is counted cumulatively-- a teen who accepts a $3000 grant to participate in an Israel program during high school will be eligible for a maximum $1000 grant for an Israel program at the post high school level. Funding may be applied to program cost only, not to airfare or other expenses.

 

Click here for more information. 

 

Click below to apply online for the Teen Israel Experience Grant or Next Stop Israel for Young Adults. Please contact Gila Golder with any questions about the grants program or the application process.

 

Not sure if an Israel program is right for you? Click here to read personal reflections from Teen Israel Experience alumni about the impact of summer and semester Israel programs during high school.

Needs-Based Financial Aid is Available for Teen Israel Experience and Next Stop Israel Programs

 

Limited additional supllemental needs-based funding is available. Click here to apply for a needs-based grant. Applications will be kept strictly confidential. Contact Tim Wheat with any questions about needs-based funding.

Need-Based Israel Travel Subsidies for First Timer Adults 

 

MJF is thrilled to announce the creation of a new Lemsky Endowment Fund initiative providing travel subsidies for first-time Memphis Jewish adults participating in an organized Israel trip, who have demonstrated financial need. Any Jewish Memphian over age 32 (post Birthright) who joins a Memphis-based Federation, Synagogue or JCC trip to Israel may request from Memphis Jewish Federation a flight subsidy of up to $1500 for a coach ticket to Israel.

 

Individuals seeking the flight subsidy should submit a letter including the names and dates of the trip, total trip cost and an outline of the need for a subsidy. The request should be sent to Tim Wheat, JCP’s Director of  Finance and Human Resources. The process will be strictly confidential. Following subsidy approval, applicant should send Tim a copy of the flight receipt and a reimbursement check will be sent. Subsidy recipients are required to volunteer at Super Sunday or at another Federation-sponsored event if they will be out of town on that date (with anonymity preserved).

 

Subsidy request letters for trips taking place July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020 will be accepted from December 15, 2018-April 15, 2019 on a first come-first served basis.

 

Facilitating opportunities for immersive Israel experiences has long been a priority of Memphis Jewish Federation.  We recognize and value the long term impact of Israel experiences on Jewish and Israel engagement, leadership and philanthropy. For many years, Federation’s Lemsky Endowment Fund has provided Israel experience subsidies for school-led junior high trips to Israel, high school and post high school young adult Israel programs and Federation missions. We are thrilled to be able to now add to our menu need-based subsidies for first time adult visitors to Israel.