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JFS offers Jewish summer-camp scholarships

STAMFORD – According to the Foundation for Jewish Camp, children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes, and take on leadership roles in their communities.
Financial assistance is available through the Jewish Family Service (JFS) – Ben and Joan Zinbarg Camp Scholarship Program for eligible families from the greater Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Norwalk area.
“While the dark clouds on the economic horizon seem to be lifting a bit, families are still struggling, and families’ financial priorities might be shifted to cover the essentials,” says JFS executive director Matt Greenberg. “JFS understands that many households will be looking for assistance to send their children to a Jewish summer camp program.”
The Ben and Joan Zinbarg Camp Scholarship Fund is also supported by United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, UJA/Federation Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk, the Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation, and the Samson Family, as well as a number of individual donors.  In 2011, with the help of the fund, nearly 60 families were able to send their children to Jewish day and overnight summer camps.
To be eligible for application, a child must be entering 1st grade or higher in Sept. 2012; the family must demonstrate financial need. To obtain an application, contact Maria McNulty at JFS: (203) 921-4161. The deadline for applications is Monday, Mar. 19.
To help support the Camp Scholarship Program, contact executive director Matt Greenberg: (203) 921-4161 / mgreenberg@ctjfs.org

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