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?


Click here to download the grant application guidelines for local programs in 2018-2019.


Click here to download the 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 26). 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 below to apply online for the Teen Israel Experience Grant or Post High School Israel Subsidy. 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.