Passport to Israel

Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills participates in The Myra and Robert Kraft Passport to Israel by matching  contributions of our  congregants. Give your child the experience of a lifetime. We can help.

The Myra and Robert Kraft Passport to Israel program is a unique savings plan to help parents send their children on a life-changing teen Israel experience. The program is designed so that the community, the synagogue and CJP, helps families make a trip to Israel during the high school years a reality.

So, give your child the passport he or she needs to become a proud part of the Jewish future. Enroll now in the Myra and Robert Kraft Passport to Israel Program and join us in planning for your child’s future.

Q: Who is eligible?
A: Any child in third or seventh grade enrolled in a formal Jewish education program whose family is a member of a participating congregation.

Q: How much are the yearly contributions?
A: The contribution for the regular seven-year program (beginning in 3rd grade) is:

  • $200 jointly from your family and congregation each year. ($100 each from the family and the congregation).
  • $700 from CJP will be contributed at the end of the program.

The contribution of the three-year option (beginning in 7th grade) is:

  • $400 jointly from your family and congregation each year.($200 each from family and congregation)
  • $700 from CJP will be contributed at the end of the program.

Q: How much money will the fund be worth by the end of 10th grade?
A: Based on current economic conditions, contributions plus interest should total approximately $2,200 for seven-year participants and $2,000 for three-year participants.

Q: When can your child travel on a Passport to Israel-supported trip?
A: Teens can use their Passport funds anytime after 10th grade and before college.

Q: Will the accumulated amount pay for the entire trip?
A: No, but it will cover a significant portion of the cost. Closer to the trip, you can also apply for scholarships from the program your child has chosen, your congregation, CJP and national organizations.

Q: What kind of trips qualify for the Myra and Robert Kraft Passport to Israel funds?
A: The money may be used for any post-10th grade Israel trip of four weeks or longer approved by your congregation’s Passport to Israel Committee.

Q: What if my family leaves the congregation, or my child decides not to go on an Israel trip?
A: You and the congregation will receive a full refund of all contributions.Any interest will remain with the Passport fund.If your child transfers to another participating congregation, he/she may continue in the program.

For more information, contact passport@cjp.org.