12:30p B'Nai Tzedek Pool Party
By giving teens an opportunity to be philanthropists, we teach them how to give. The B'nai Tzedek Program gives parents and their b’nai mitzvah teens the opportunity to create a philanthropic fund in the teen’s name. The teen’s congregation and the KJCFF’s Jeff and Nancy Becker Community Enrichment Fund will match the child’s contribution to initially establish the fund. During the year, teens learn about what it means to be a philanthropist and that one does not need to be rich to make a difference. Joining with other teens, they start to identify areas of particular concern and start to develop their own unique way of getting involved in the work of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).
More than 65 local post bar/bat mitzvah-age teens have created funds for themselves. They come together and learn about philanthropy and allocating their funds to charities in the Jewish world. These funds are the start of a permanent endowment fund that they can manage through the KJCFF for years to come. Didn't have a bar or bat mitzvah? Didn't get around to creating one at that point in their lives? It is never too late to start a B'nai Tzedek fund. For information, contact Program Director Mary Ann Merrell at firstname.lastname@example.org, Shannon Martindale, or the AJCC office at (865) 690-6343.