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 their bar/bat mitzvah year, usually sixth or seventh grade. Students enrolling in the program make a $250 commitment which is matched by a $250 contribution from the Kranzberg Family Foundation. The money is used to create a philanthropic fund in that student’s name.
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.
CAJE is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.