B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy

Putting the Mitzvah in Bar and Bat Mitzvah

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:


  •   enable teens to have the power to make a difference by establishing a tzedakah fund in his or her own name with a minimum of $1000.
  •   empower teens to change the world through tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
  •   educate teens about communal and international causes that need their help.
  •   develop leadership skills and a lifelong commitment to tzedakah.
  •   offer the opportunity to network with other teens with a common interest of helping others and making a difference in the world.  


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.

There is a wide range of projects that you can contribute to. Depending on your interests, there are always opportunities to help others; camp scholarships, computers, sports, dance lessons and so much more!

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.


Visit the B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy website at www.bnaitzedek.ca for more information!

Or contact the Jewish Foundation at 416.631.5703 or email bnaitzedek@ujafed.org.

Beyond the family. Beyond the service. Beyond the party. Beyond the gifts.


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.










Get Started

All it takes is ONE Bar/Bat Mitzvah and you can make a difference for the rest of your life. Here's how:


Read what past members have to say about their experiences!


See what the B'nai Tzedek teen's have been up to!

Teen Spotlight: 


Teen philanthropist donates his bar mitzvah money to not one but two great causes.

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.

Want to learn more?


Visit the B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy website at www.bnaitzedek.ca for more information!

Or contact the Jewish Foundation at 416.631.5703 or email jewishfoundation@ujafed.org.