JCF is proud to administer several scholarships for the benefit of young people in our community and Israel. To contribute to a scholarship, please contact JCF at (973) 929-3039 or click here.

Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Alisa Flatow, an American 20 year old who was studying Judaism in Israel and living among the Israeli people when she was killed in a 1995 terrorist attack.

Alisa’s family and friends established the fund to encourage the study of Judaism in Israel after high school graduation. Students from across the U.S. are selected on a competitive basis after careful consideration of academic promise in religious studies and need for financial assistance.

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Note: Applications are not currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 scholarship years.

Ilana Schuster Jonsson Scholarship Fund

The Ilana Schuster Jonsson Scholarship Fund was established on March 24, 2010, by her parents, Drs. Larry and Ruth Schuster, in her memory. Ms. Jonsson was 28 when she was in a fatal car accident on January 10, 2010. Ilana taught Food Science and Honors/College Prep Biology at Montville Township High School. She was deeply committed to educating students on evolution and genetics.

The fund gives up to two $500 scholarships to Montville Township High School seniors studying biology or education at a four-year college. To learn more contact Douglas Sanford, Principal, Montville Township High School, at (973) 331-7100 x 2601. To give, click here.

The H. Steven and Nancy Roth Education Fund

Created in 2008, the H. Steven and Nancy Roth Education Fund provides need-based college scholarships to immigrants in Israel, with preference for those who have served in the Israeli Defense Forces. Last year, the Fund approved $1,000 grants to five students in their second or third year of study, the majority of whom needed the scholarship to complete their education.

To learn more, contact Renie Carniol, JCF Strategic Grant Initiatives, Director, JCF Strategic Grant Initiatives, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ (973) 929-3097,

Bernard S. and Shirley B. Sterling Israel Scholarship Fund

The Bernard S. and Shirley B. Sterling Israel Scholarship Fund provides educational opportunities in Israel for high school, college, or postgraduate students who attend or have attended Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove or Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell. The Fund distributes up to $1,000 annually to each synagogue’s selected recipient. Contact the Congregation rabbis to learn more.