Most individuals can recall an experience in their life that transformed them in a way that can never be forgotten. These experiences help mold our identity and provide us with new perspectives that can influence us for a lifetime. This was the vision when the Daniels family set out to create the Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation.

The Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund of the DJCF will generously fund the majority of the cost for the student selected to participate in a fantastic international education trip to Europe and Israel (i.e. March of the Living, Heritage Quest or other approved experiences).

The application process is open to Jewish teen recipients who excel academically, have strong secular leadership experiences, and who desire a deeper connection to their faith. Jewish high school juniors or seniors with secular leadership experience may apply from Dallas, Denton or Collin Counties, or Corsicana, TX. Since the donor of this fund wishes to engage under-affiliated Jewish teens, the applicants may not be current or past Jewish day school students and in addition, have not attended any Jewish overnight camps. While we know that missing school is never easy, you'll be exposed to history unlike any textbook. In previous years, teens have blogged, made short films, video diaries, scrapbooks, and interviewed Holocaust survivors for school credit. Remember the fund will generously cover the majority of the program cost.

You will join students from all over the world to travel to Poland to commemorate those who perished in the Holocaust, followed by an enlightening, life-affirming trip to Israel.

Application are closed for 2019.


While we know that missing school is never easy, traveling over these dates is at the center of what makes the experience so powerful. You should think of the March as an amazing learning opportunity, where you'll be exposed to history unlike any textbook. In previous years, teens have blogged, made short films, video diaries, scrapbooks, and interviewed Holocaust survivors for school credit. If selected to receive the award, you will be provided with a letter to share with your teachers and school explaining the March program and its value. Many Dallas area schools are familiar with March of the Living (MOTL) and have cooperated with students enabling them to attend.

Ye s. In fact, we are specifically seeking a student who has strong leadership skills, and is heavily involved in secular extracurricular activities. Some involvement in Jewish activities will not disqualify you, however priority will go to students with diversified involvement and experiences.

Although trip prices may vary, the majority will be awarded to offset the cost of the trip. This will leave the recipient with some additional costs (including domestic flights).

Recip ients of this scholarship will also be required to complete any forms the approved trip provider requires including their general application. As well, the trip provider may require a personal interview. Upon returning from the trip, we ask that the scholarship recipient share with us a little about their experience. This could be through a personal letter, photos, videos, blogs/journals, etc. that you would feel comfortable sharing so we too can appreciate the impact of this one-in-a-lifetime experience.

While part of the trip is sad, it is also an uplifting experience you'll share with many other Jewish teens. Additionally, there is an Israel portion of the trip that is powerful and inspiring, and students come away from the trip knowing they have experienced a life-changing event.

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