First Time Campers

Goldring First Time Incentive

First-time campers are eligible to receive $1,500 from the Goldring Family Foundation of New Orleans.

Eligibility Requirements: (a) First-time attending a session of 10 days in duration or longer. (b) Currently in grade 1 through 9. (c) Resident of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas or Florida Panhandle. Grants are not based on financial need. Both parents need not be Jewish. Temple or synagogue affiliation is not required.

Apply here

Jacobs Camp Small Community First Time Incentive

Jacobs Camp (through a grant from the Legacy Heritage Fund) has established an incentive program offering $1,500 for new campers in 3rd - 9th grade from small (less than 10,000 Jews) Jewish communities to attend first session. And the best part – this incentive can be combined with the Goldring First Time Incentive!

How does it work? Talk to the staff at Jacobs Camp! Anna Herman, the director, and her colleagues are eager to talk to you about the Jacobs Camp experience and if it is a fit for your child. They can be reached at or 601-885-6042.

Jewish Children's Regional Service

The Jewish Children's Regional Service, based in New Orleans, provides partial need-based scholarships to qualifying families.

Eligibility Requirements: (a) Children must reside in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas. (b) They should be within the ages of 9 and 16, as of the end of the summer.

Find the application and more information here

To receive priority consideration, completed applications must be received no later than February 15, 2021. A completed application will not be entered until all requested information is received.

If you applied and were granted a camp scholarship for the 2020 summer, you do not need to reapply.   You must complete the Form For Families Who Applied in 2020.


Temple Emanu-El Financial Assistance Youth Scholarship

The purpose of the Financial Assistance Scholarships provided by the Grafman Endowment Fund, Sisterhood, and Brotherhood are to enable all children of Temple Emanu-El congregants to be able to participate in Jewish experiences away from Temple Emanu- El.

Deadline for Scholarship Review: February 1, 2021

Lester Siegal Scholarship Application

The Lester Siegal Scholarship recognizes an outstanding 6th and/or 7th grader each year and provides full tuition to attend URJ Jacobs Camp for one session during the upcoming summer.

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Collat Jewish Family Services also offers Jewish camp scholarships. To learn how to apply, contact Lynn Rathmell at or (205) 879-3438


Temple Emanu-El member-families should contact the Temple Office: 334-792-5001


The Temple B'nai Sholom Sisterhood, through its Solomonson Fund, provides camp scholarships. Contact the Temple Office for more information: 256-536-4771,


Thanks to an anonymous donor, Springhill Avenue Temple offers a special camp incentive for its member-families: $1,000 for first-time campers, and $500 for continuing campers. (This is in addition to first-time incentives available through the Goldring Family Foundation.) Additional need-based money is available on a limited basis as well. For more information, contact the Springhill Avenue Temple rabbi: 251-478-0415,


To learn more about need-based scholarship opportunities for Temple Beth Or member-families, contact the Temple Office: 334-262-3314,


Direct scholarship inquiries to Temple Emanu-El of Birmingham.