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October 10, 2015 | 27th Tishrei 5776
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Teen Philanthropy Project

The URJ's Teen Philanthropy Project, developed in partnership with the Jewish Teen Funder's Network, offers high school students an opportunity to act upon the core Jewish values of tzedakah, tikkun olam and g'milut hasadim, through the creation of congregational teen foundations. Participating congregations will receive a twenty-session curriculum which leads students through the process of articulating their values, raising money, learning about consensus, mission and communal need, participating in hands-on service, developing a Request for Proposals, and ultimately awarding grants in their community. The project has a strong focus on building teen community and developing leadership skills.

The Teen Philanthropy Project reinforces the idea of tzedakah as a core Jewish value. The curriculum is conceived and written so that the important aspects of team building and group decision making are woven into the lesson plans. When teens engage in philanthropy that is both strategic and collective, they build their commitment to living Jewish values, practice leadership skills, build or deepen relationships with peers and improve their local and congregational communities. The project also enables teen participation in multiple aspects of congregational life.

Those completing Year 1:
Those beginning Year 2:
Beit RJ
Baltimore, MD
Temple Kol Tikvah
Woodland Hills, CA
Or Chadash
Flemington, NJ
Congregation Bnai Israel
Boca Raton, FL
Temple Sinai
Bergen County, NJ
Temple Sholom
Chicago, IL
Temple Har Shalom
Warren, NJ
Congregation Beth Israel
Northfield, NJ
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont
and Emanu-El, Scarsdale, NY
Beth Am Temple
Pearl River, NY
Temple Israel
Canton, OH
Westchester Reform Temple
Scarsdale, NY
Temple Beth El
South Bend, IN


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