For families who find the cost of participation in Jewish life to be hard to manage, the Jewish Federation of Edmonton offers an Integrated Bursary Program. This process is new for 2016. With a single application, families may request subsidies for the tuition or registration costs of children in Talmud Torah school, Camp BB Riback, Maccabi Games & Artfest, BBYO membership, the Asper Human Rights Program, and the March of the Living.
Applications are due by March 31 of each year. It is understood that families moving to Edmonton at different times of the year, or experiencing other extenuating circumstances, may need to be considered after this date, but fewer funds may be available for bursaries at other times.
The Integrated Bursary Program application can be found here. Families must submit applications to the Jewish Federation, not through Jewish Family Services as was done previously. If you need assistance in completing the forms, contact Elianna Lisan by email or phone at 780.487.0585 ext. 211. After you submit your completed application to the Jewish Federation, it will be reviewed at their offices.
In some cases, the Jewish Federation will ask Jewish Family Services to conduct an interview to gain a more in-depth picture of your situation and make a recommendation for the amount of bursaries for all the programs the family wishes to take part in. Please read the application for more details on this process and contact Elianna if you need more information.
There are two day schools offering Kindergarten to Grade 9 in Edmonton’s Jewish community.
>>Talmud Torah is part of the public school system in Edmonton, with a unique Jewish program component. Click here for Talmud Torah’s web site.
>>Menorah Academy is operated by Chabad Edmonton and is not part of the Integrated Bursary Program. However, they may have their own bursaries available – contact them directly for information. Click here for Menorah Academy’s website.
There are two summer camp opportunities for children and youth.
>>Camp BB Riback is a residential camp located at Pine Lake, Alberta. Click here for Camp BB Riback’s web site.
>>Camp Gan Israel (“Izzy”) is a day camp operated by Chabad Edmonton within the city. This camp is not part of the Integrated Bursary Program. However, they may have their own bursaries available – contact them directly for information. Click here for Camp Gan Izzy’s web site.
Information about the other youth programs for which bursaries are available can be found at the Jewish Federation of Edmonton web site.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES ALSO DIRECTLY ADMINISTERS A SCHOLARSHIP FOR JEWISH UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA STUDENTS
Sigma Alpha Mu scholarship is funded by a small trust fund which is able to make grants most years. Scholarships are generally in the range of a few hundred dollars depending on the number of applicants and the funds available each year. Click here for more information about SAM scholarships.