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 Jews 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 cultural and educational programs of interest about Israel 

  • 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 program that builds bridges and forges connections between Memphis Jews and Israel.

Are you a Memphis 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?


Download the guidelines here.


We’ve transitioned to a new online grants management system. Apply for Israel Program Grants here. 


Please contact us if you have any questions: lemskygrants@jcpmemphis.org



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 us 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 needs-based funding for Israel programs is also available. The online applications for Teen Israel Experience and Next Stop Israel for Young Adults grants include a link to a separate application form for needs-based funding.


Contact JCP's Director of Finance and Human Resources with any questions about needs-based funding.

Need-Based Israel Travel Subsidies for First Timer Adults 


MJF’s Lemsky Endowment Fund now provides 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.


For trips taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, please download this request form and send it to JCP's Director of Finance and Human Resources. The process will be strictly confidential. Following subsidy approval, applicant should send 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).