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B'nai Tzedek St. Louis

Name of Host Organization: 
Central Agency for Jewish Education
Host Setting: 
Central Jewish Agency
Program Type: 
Individual Giving Account
Funding Areas: 
Program Description: 

Imagine being a philanthropist starting at age 12. How cool is that? It is possible thanks to the launch of B'nai Tzedek, a new youth philanthropy program of the Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE). The innovative program is designed to engage and empower the next generation of Jewish leaders and givers in the St. Louis Jewish community.The program is geared for teens in or near their bar/bat mitzvah year, usually sixth, seventh or eighth grade. Students enrolling in the program make a $200 commitment which is matched by a $300 contribution from the Kranzberg Family Foundation. The money is used to create a philanthropic fund in that student's name.  The following year, and every year after, the students allocate 5% of their balance to the Jewish non-profit of their choice.  Many students already participate in a tzedakah project to prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah. The length and scope of these projects vary but most tend to be one-time events. The B'nai Tzedek program is the perfect complement to these projects and helps start these students on a lifetime of giving Jewishly.

Program Contact
Beth Koritz
Work Phone: 
314-442-3776
12 Milestone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 US

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