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.

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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.

Soozi Waxman Camp Scholarship Fund

On November 6, 2020, WRJ Southwest District announced the creation of the Soozi Waxman Camp Scholarship Fund, in memory of our beloved, long-time member and VP of Development (2018-2020), Soozi Waxman.

Eligibility and Scholarship Details:

  • $1,000 Scholarship to one camper (male or female) per year
  • Eligible if attending Henry S. Jacobs Camp
  • Applicant must have parent/guardian affiliated with WRJ Southwest District
  • Applicant must attend a full session
  • Applications must be received by January 31st and will receive notification by February 15th

Click here to apply for the Soozi Waxman Camp Scholarship! For more information, contact Pat Blum at


Congregation Etz Chaim has a Fund available to help families who wish to send their children to Jewish camp. Contact the Congregational President for more information.


Temple Shalom member-families should contact the Temple office for more information.

Hot Springs

Congregation House of Israel offers need-based scholarships to its member-families. For more information contact Rabbi Richard Chapin: 501-623-5821,

Little Rock

Congregation B'nai Israel offers need-based scholarships to its member-families. For more information contact Ellyn Polsky: 501-225-9700,