April 2, 2014
In this blog post from eJewish Philanthropy, Rabbi Jay M. Stein, Director of the Center for Youth Philanthropy and Leadership at UJA-Federation of New York, shares eight educational goals that are met by philanthropy. Many of these goals are applicable to the work of Jewish teen philanthropy programs, which is especially valuable at a young age, as "teaching philanthropy will become a critical fulcrum for doing good, for advancing humanity."
"There is a social service explosion. Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies originally connected this rite of passage to synagogue skills has been transformed from ritual to acts of kindness. The Mitzvah (the sense that we are obligated to do something) of “bar and bat mitzvah” is now, in many communities, tikkun olam, repairing the world. For many, the most attractive compelling case for Jewish identity comes from the teachings that stress our unique role in the evolution of the human project."