B'nai Tzedek teens take the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), seriously by not only learning about non profit organizations worldwide whose missions are to help make our world a better place but also supporting the work of these non profits both financially and with hands-on social action.
Throughout the year, B'nai Tzedek members are invited to attend workshops that help them clarify their values and find the non profit that speaks to them.
Members of B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy came together with other Jewish organizations in Toronto for the Mishloach Manot Project. Staff, clients and volunteers of these organizations worked collaboratively to source food donations, bake hamentashen, and pack and distribute 500 Mishloach Manot. Each one contained kosher food staples generously donated by Durante’s No Frills, Wellness Foods, and Mazon Canada. The packages also contained a list of available Jewish community resources to assist vulnerable Jewish people.
As part of UJA Federation’s service project at J-serve, B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy members joined forces with participants of Diller Teen Fellows and Jewish Teen Board to create a service project focussing on supporting seniors living in isolation. Together, they organized a mock seder for 20 seniors involved in the Bernard Betel Centre’s Health at Home program and the Association for Jewish Seniors. The goal of the Seder was to provide a meaningful Passover experience to a group of seniors for whom getting to a Seder during Passover can be challenging.
UJA’s Teen Initiatives came together to host a Chanukah party for 100 seniors through the Bernard Betel Centre’s Healthy at Home program. 100 teens from UJA’s B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy, Diller Teen Fellows, Jewish Teen Board and ShinShinim programs learned about the issues of poverty in our community. With that knowledge, they created a special Chanukah celebration focusing on building community, social engagement, and Jewish Identity experiences around the theme of Chanukah. While most of the seniors in attendance spoke only Russian and Hebrew, the teens utilized the power of music and traditional foods to build bridges and support dialogue despite the language barrier. In addition to the Chanukah party, the teens also hosted a Warm Clothing Drive. They donated hundreds of winter-specific items to the Just a Second Shop, run by Jewish Family and Child. Kol Hakavod to these teen leaders for adding light to our community as we prepare for Chanukah.