CSL Tuition Assistance 2021

Tuition assistance is available for up to 2 weeks of camp (senior campers are eligible for the full 7 weeks) through the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester.  We are able to provide aid to members of the Rochester JCC (you must be have a family membership at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester at the time of enrollment and remain a member until September 1, 2021), and to children of CSL alumni. 
We maintain a confidential and respectful process to review need-based applications to determine if you are eligible to receive assistance.  There is a sliding scale fee based on income to determine the level of aid we are able to provide. 
As there are limited funds available, we work with families and our community funders to explore options for assistance. Families can explore funding streams for financial aid that include synagogues, Jewish Federations and community foundations, private donor funds, One Happy Camper, PJ Library funds. Families not from Rochester may also contact their local JCC to explore funding options.  There is no need-based scholarship awarded by the JCC for our CSL in Israel program as there are other financial assistance options that may be available for families to explore in your community (in Rochester the Freddy Fund is for teen travel to Israel).
In some cases, the cost to join the Rochester JCC (around $64 a month; around $768 annually) is much less than the amount of scholarship aid you might qualify for.  To learn more about joining the JCC, please contact Adam Drexler, Sales Manager at 585-461-2000 x268; adrexler@jccrochester.org or visit our website at: jccrochester.org/membership.
For application materials and/or information to help you determine if you might qualify, please contact Lori Field at: Lfield@jccrochester.org or call (585) 953-5707.
Need-based scholarship applications will be available November 1st through December 31, 2021.  Awards will be announced in early February.  

One Happy Camper Grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester (includes Monroe, Livingston, Yates, Seneca, Wyoming, Ontario, Orleans, Genesee, and Wayne Counties) in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp is offering One Happy Camper incentive grants for Rochester area first time campers attending Jewish overnight camp.  
  • First time campers attending Jewish overnight camp for over 19 days can receive $1,800 off camp tuition.  
  • First time campers attending Jewish overnight camp for 12 - 18 days can receive $1,000 off camp tuition.
  • Second-Year Campers: Craving More after Year One? Come Back for Year Two! The Rochester community is unique in that it offers needs-based grants of $1,000 to second-year campers attending an approved Jewish overnight camp for 19 or more consecutive days.
  • $500 needs-based grant is available for second time campers enrolled in camp for 12-18 consecutive days. 
For more information visit https://www.jewishrochester.org/one-happy-camper or contact Elana Pogal at epogal@jewishrochester.org or 585-461-0490 ext. 8642.  

For One Happy Camper Grants outside of the Greater Rochester area, please contact the One Happy Camper website at: jewishcamp.org/one-happy-camper/

CSL in Israel Financial Assistance

The Jewish Federation of Rochester has a variety of Israel Scholarship funds and grants, including Gift of Israel and the Freddy Fund 360, established by our generous donors to enable teens and college students to travel to Israel.  For additional information, visit www.jewishrochester.org/israelscholarships or contact Elana Pogal at epogal@jewishrochester.org

Mike Nozik Scholarship Fund

The Mike Nozik Scholarship Fund, administered by the Jewish Federation of Rochester, awards a small number of partial scholarships annually for Camp Seneca Lake. Any family may apply for this need-based scholarship - selection criteria is outlined on the application. For additional information, contact Elana Pogal at 585-461-0490, ext. 8642 or epogal@jewishrochester.org.  The application is available by following this link: The Mike Nozik Memorial Camp Seneca Lake Scholarship Fund Application.   The Deadline for applying for this fund is January 31st.

PJ Library Grants

PJ Library offers PJ Goes to Camp incentive grants provides incentive awards in the amount of $700 for campers who attend overnight camp for 12-18 days, or $1,000 for campers who attend camp for 19 days or longer. Eligibility requirements and contact information are available on their website.  One caveat is that your family must be a PJ Library family registered by the September 1st preceding the camp summer.  Other restrictions may apply. 


Other sources of funding for Camp may be found by contacting your synagogue or local Jewish Federation.