All it takes is ONE Bar/Bat Mitzvah and you can make a difference for the rest of your life. Here's how:
The Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto's B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy program is a tool for teens to make a difference in the world. The objectives of B'nai Tzedek are to:
To provide teens with the power to make a difference through tzedakah, deepen their commitment to social action and educate teens about local and international non-profit Jewish organizations.
Engage Jewish teens in a lifelong relationship with tzedakah and tikkun olam and help cultivate future leaders within the Jewish community.
As a member of B’nai Tzedek, the teens will be invited to an annual social action day where they volunteer at one of several organizations in the community. Participants are also invited to service projects during the year that relate to the common interest amongst the teens. Finally, members are also invited to various volunteer opportunities throughout the year including UJA telethons and the Walk with Israel.
How do we make a child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah the life-changing, meaningful experience that we know it should be? What can families do to make this important rite of passage an introduction to life as a responsible Jew and human being? As Jews, we want our children to care about the world they live in. But the truth is — they already do. They just need a way to express how much they care. Their Bar or Bat Mitzvah is the perfect time to empower them — to allow them to begin making their voices heard.
Our youth philanthropists get to learn about projects that need funding and then decide how they want to distribute the money generated by their funds. By exposing teens to this learning process, they become actively involved in the business end of philanthropy and feel really good about their role in improving the world.
By choosing to support something important to them as individuals, they make a difference in the lives of others while making their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations that much more meaningful and memorable.
Jordan Graff opens a Tzedakah Fund during the time of his bar mitzvah and supports causes he feels passionate about. Hear what impacted his decision.