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Mitzi & Henry Saeman B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program

Year Founded: 
Name of Host Organization: 
Columbus Jewish Foundation
Host Setting: 
Jewish Community Foundation
Program Type: 
Individual Giving Account
Funding Areas: 
Global, Israel, Local, National
Program Description: 

Local Jewish teens have the opportunity to open a philanthropic Fund at the time of bar or bat mitzvah. With an initial contribution from the family of $125 (or more) - often from bar or bat mitzvah gifts - teens are given $375 in matching money to open a fund to use for tzedakah of $500.  Thanks to the generosity of Mitzi and Henry (z”l)  Saeman, $250 is available for each local bar or bat mitzvah.  The Columbus Jewish Foundation provides an additional $125 to encourage teen giving.  B’nai Tzedek teens make contributions from their Funds to charities of their personal choice.  Teens become active donors to causes and organizations they believe in, and learn how to make giving decisions to “repair the world.”  This is practice in individual philanthropic giving at its best. Columbus has one of the largest B’nai Tzedek Fund programs in the country with more than 400 local teen Funds.  See also, Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation

Program Contact
Deborah Polster Applefeld, Director of Youth Philanthropy
Work Phone: 
Robins Center for Philanthropy
1175 College Avenue
Columbus, OH 43209 US

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