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Freddy Fund


Financial assistance gifts are available for teens who need financial support to enroll in a travel/study program in Israel. Grant opportunities are made available through the community application, which is a collaboration between the Farash Foundation, the Jewish Federation and local synagogues. The Freddy Fund also provides all teens that choose to travel to Israel on an organized program a one-time gift of $360.

Applications Available 2/25/19-3/13/19


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The Freddy Fund was established by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation in memory of Fred Silverstein (z’’l), a founding Trustee of the Farash Foundation. Fred’s passion was to provide teens with the opportunity to visit Israel. Teen travel to Israel is one of the strongest, most effective means of educating teens about Israel and increasing their connection to the Jewish state and the Jewish people. It is our hope that the Freddy Fund will serve to increase the number of Jewish teens in the greater Rochester area who are able to participate in an immersive travel/study program in Israel.

The Farash Foundation provides one-time, needs-based financial assistance to teens that enroll in an organized teen travel program to Israel. A formal application for funds is required.

The Farash Foundation also recognizes all teens who make a commitment to travel to Israel by providing a one-time gift of $360 to those enrolled in an organized Israel travel program lasting a minimum of three weeks.

Freddy Fund Eligibility

  • This program is for Jewish high school students in grades 9-12 or ages 15-19.
  • Teens must reside in one of the following New York counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca, Livingston, Wyoming, Genesee, or Orleans.
  • Any program in Israel selected by the student must be organized by a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • A student is eligible to participate in the program one time only.

Community Application

The Rochester Jewish community provides needs based financial assistance to teens who enroll in an organized teen travel program to Israel. By completing this one application, families request funding from the Freddy Fund, the Jewish Federation and local synagogues.