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Jewish Overnight Camp Grant for Russian Speaking Jewish (RSJ) Families

Грант для детей из русскоязычных еврейских семей на еврейский летний лагерь

We are pleased to announce a special grant opportunity for Russian Speaking Jewish (RSJ) Families from Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest. Eligible campers each receive a one-time gift of $750 toward their tuition at Jewish overnight camp for 2024!

Grant Parameters

  • Any camper from a self-identified RSJ family (see definition below); multiple campers per household are eligible
  • Resides in the Greater MetroWest New Jersey area (Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and parts of Somerset Counties)
  • Attending a non-profit, Jewish overnight camp listed on Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Find A Camp directory
  • First time or second consecutive summer this camper is attending this specific camp for 12 days or more
  • Application deadline of May 31, 2024 (or sooner if the funding maximum is reached)
  • Grants are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis


Each camper may receive a maximum of one (1) RSJ-related grant from Jewish Federation or directly from a camp for summer 2024.

Campers may also be eligible for a One Happy Camper grant and additional financial resources from Federation; click here to learn more.

At Jewish camp, ruach (spirit) is part of every activity – from arts and adenture to sports and STEM – allowing campers to explore their connection to Judaism in a meaningful way while having the summer of their lives. Studies show that children who attend Jewish camp are more likely to become adults who value their heritage, are engaged in their communities, support more causes, and take on leadership roles through their lives.

If you’d like guidance choosing a camp, schedule a consultation with our camp experts Tracy Levine or Gerri Russo to find the perfect camp for your child!


What is the definition of an RSJ (Russian Speaking Jewish) family for the purposes of this grant?

A family where the child attending camp includes Judaism as part of their identity, and the child and/or their immediate family member(s) were born in a country of the former Soviet Union.

My child is receiving a Greater MetroWest One Happy Camper grant or scholarship. Are they eligible?

Yes! This special RSJ Grant is incremental to other financial incentives for Jewish overnight camp, including Federation’s One Happy Camper grants and Rocker Family Overnight Camp Scholarships.

How do I get the grant money?

Once your application is approved and registration is confirmed by your summer program, the grant payment will be forwarded directly to the camp/organization during the summer. The camp may deduct the grant amount from your balance; or, if you are already paid in full or your balance is less than grant amount, you will receive a refund or credit from the camp/organization. We will advise the camp/organization to do so, and we recommend that you confirm specifics with the camp/organization directly.

Is there a deadline to apply for the 2024 Jewish Overnight Camp Grant for RSJ Families?

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and grant availability is limited. Thus, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible once your child has been registered for camp. The deadline to apply for a grant is May 31, 2024 (or sooner if the funding maximum is reached).