Passport to Israel / 8th Grade Israel Trip
One of the highlights of the Community Day School
experience is the 8th grade trip to Israel. Believe it or not, that day will be here
sooner than you can imagine. We strongly
encourage all of our 8th graders to take the trip regardless of
financial ability. In order to ease the
burden for families, we partner with the Jewish Federation of Greater
Pittsburgh (Federation) and the Agency for Jewish Learning (AJL) to actively
promote the Passport to Israel program.
Here’s how it works:
a Passport to Israel
account at PNC Bank and return the attached forms to Amy Karp at AJL – THIS IS
YOUR MONEY! If your child does not take
a group sponsored trip to Israel
by the time (s)he turns 21 or completes college, simply withdraw the funds from
$200 per year for a minimum of four (4) years.
$100 match per year from the Sholom Comay Family Endowment Fund of the Federation
for a trip to Israel.
It is as simple as it sounds. If you start saving when your child becomes
eligible in 1st grade (you cannot enroll in the program until your
child starts 1st grade in the fall), you will have $2,400 available
for your child’s trip to Israel. Nowhere else can you earn a return of 50% on
your money. The cost of the trip to our
8th grade class of 2010 was $2,350 per child. Those who took advantage of the Passport to
Israel program had enough money to pay for the trip. The cost of the 2011 trip is anticipated to
be about $2,800.
Each year, the cost of plane tickets, food
and accommodations increases. Although
$2,400 may be enough to cover most of the cost of the trip (after a generous Federation
subsidy) in today’s dollars, we want to ensure that all of our students are
able to take part in the trip.
Therefore, financial assistance will be available to the extent that
future costs exceed $2,400. However, this
financial assistance will only be available if you have done your part by
participating in the Passport to Israel program. Only those students who are enrolled in the
Passport to Israel program and
meet the annual contribution requirements are eligible for financial assistance
that may be available for the trip to Israel.
Below you will find links to important
If you have any questions, please contact:
Kevin Bouchard, email@example.com
Tzippy Mazer, firstname.lastname@example.org