"I was taught at a very young age that Tikun Olam is at the very core of being Jewish. I am grateful for the opportunities that I enjoy, and assisting those less fortunate is simply the right thing to do."
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"I feel that tzedakah and philanthropy is imortant in so many ways but the most importand in my heart is that because we are so lucky to have an education, food and basic needs looked after that much of the world doesn't get to have. So it is important that we give to those who are not as lucky. In addition I think giving back will help me grow and become a better person as I become an adult."
"I love helping others, especially other children. I do not like to hear about anyone's suffering. If I can make a difference, I will do whatever it takes. I understand through Bnai Tzedek that I can have the best of both worlds -by encouraging both giving and receiving gifts. I also know that giving tzedakah creates a lasting gift, long after my bat mitzvah party has ended, I continue to make a difference."
"I want people to enjoy the sport that I love; soccer. The children who love soccer in Bat Yam cannot afford to play extra-curricular activities. Because of my fund, they will now be able to do what they love while at the same time developing new skills, and self esteem."
It's important to give back, especially to kids who are not as fortunate as I am. All kids should be able to play sports in a safe and nice environment. I love watching and playing lots of sports such as basketball and I want to help others kids do the same. It feels good doing something for others.
"This fund is for a group of 10 young cousins. The purpose of this fund is that on special occasions such as birthdays and chanukah, the cousins will raise money for tzedakah instead of receiving presents. The 10 young cousins realize how lucky they are and want to bring happiness to the lives of others who are not as lucky as them. It is important to teach children the value of chesed and tzedakah at a young age and we think that this fund provides the counsins the ability to choose which charities they want to support."
I feel it is extremely important to help others in what ever way possible. It is only fare for every person to be happy. I learn to really appreciate what I have in my life and that I have family and friends that take care of me. I really hope I can help as many people as possible in this world to make a difference.
We go to the Leo Baeck Day School and we are thrilled to be apart of this community project that will raising money for children who can't aford school supplies and school bags. Please give a donation to help these children in Ontario who need it. Thank you so much.
- Jonelle Grossman, Kelsey Shulman, and Logan Garnet
"I am happy to help people who are less fortunate than I because it is important to give back to the world. I want to help kids who are less fortunate than I am to learn with the help of a computer or tablet."
"I am very excited to be giving kids computers and tablets and am looking forward to going to Israel."
"B'nai Tzedek has helped me to try and make a difference in the world through allowing me to be like many charitable adults and give annual gifts to charities of significance to me. The B'nai Tzedek program helped me start my Jewish adult life in a charitable fashion, and has inspired me to continue to give Tzedakah. I hope that through my fund at B'nai Tzedek I can continue to help those less fortunate than I and make a difference in the world"
"I started this fund in honour of my becoming a Bar Mitzvah and to be able to help out those less fortunate than me here, in Israel, and around the world. This fund enables me to be able to fulfill the mitzvah of Tzedakah for the rest of my life and help me perform Tikkun Olam."
"I am starting my fund in honour of my becoming Bar Mitzvah and will be using money that I receive to start this fund. To me, this is an important step toward becoming a Jewish adult. I know that it is important to give tzedakah throughout my life and by setting this fund up now, I will always have something to give and a way to help those less fortunate than me. My B'nai Tzedek fund is an important first step to enable me make a difference and to give to others for my entire life."
"In celebration of my Bar Mitzvah, I have established the Jacob DeZwirek Tzedakah Fund as part of the B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy program at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto. I would be honoured if you would make a donation to this Tzedakah Fund in place of a personal gift. Each year I will distribute from this fund to worthy charitable causes.
Please help me help others who are less fortunate than us. Any gift is appreciated.
I am excited that I have begun to do my part toward tikkun olam and that my project, which I hope will bring help to those who are struggling and are less fortunate, is a real act of chesed and tzedakah. I hope that it is the first of many that I will be able to do as I become a young woman and as a member of the Jewish community.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give to teens who love music as much as I do. My family has taught me the importance of tzedakah and tikkun olam and with the support of my friends and family hope to contribute to the music program in Bat Yam. My donations will go to the cost of music instruments and lessons for Bat Yam's kids. Thank you to all who help!"
"On the occassion of my becoming a Bat Mitzvah, I have chosen to direct the proceeds in my Bat Mitzvah Fund to the Canadian Friends of the Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind. I chose this charity because it ties together my love of Israel, my love of dogs and their ability to improve lives through companionship and dedicated assistance.
Thank you for celebrating with me and helping me raise money for this important cause."
“I realize how lucky I am to grow up with good health, a supportive and loving family, and the ability to pursue my dreams. I know that everybody is not as fortunate as I am. Since I love animals and dogs and hope to be a veterinarian one day, I have decided to support multiple projects that involve dogs in helping and enhancing people’s lives. One o f the projects involves training dogs to support people with special needs both in Canada and in Israel. These dogs are helping blind individuals live productive and independent lives."
"I realize how lucky I am to grow up in a family that is fortunate to have all the necessities and more in life. From my first allowance as a young boy to now, my parents have reminded me of the importance of donating to those less fortunate. Each allowance, we would donate a percentage to our tzedakah box. At the time, I was not really aware of what I was doing, but as I got older, I started to understand how even a small act is important. Now, as I become a Bar Mitzvah, I feel like I am truly old enough to make a difference on my own, and that is why I have opened a B'nai Tzedek Fund."
"Ever since I was born, my parents have taught me that it is important to give back to the community. As I became older, I started to understand more about why this is so important. My family and I are so lucky that we don't need anything, but many others around the world are not as fortunate as we are. Tzedakah is now part of my life and I felt that it was just the right time to open a B'nai Tzedek Fund, as I become a Bar Mitzvah. This will allow me to donate the earnings from my fund each year to different charities in Canada and around the world."
"I have learned from my parents the importance of being charitable and always helping those in need, particularly in the Jewish Community in Toronto and in Israel. I have created this Bnai Tzedek Fund so that each year, when I distribute to various projects from my fund, I will be reminded of how fortunate I am and how special my Bat Mitzvahs in Toronto and Israel were to me. This Fund is my commitment to perform tikkun olam each year."
"Creating my own charity has really shown me the importance of tzedaka and tikun olam. Participating in either matter so much, as we become adults. Helping children who don't get to have the same experiences as me because they live in war torn countries or in constant danger was and is truly a life changing. I know that in everything i do, i will always strive remember that tikun olam is the most important good deed anyone can be apart of."
"Being a Jewish philanthropist is important to me because giving tzedakah is very meaningful. Tzedakah is significant because it makes the world a better place by helping others. It makes me sad to see people who need help and don't get help. I am very fortunate to be in a position where I can donate time and money to important causes. Being part of B'nai Tzedek will guide me in a direction of giving Tzedakah."
"I am happy to be giving back to not only children in my community but to children in Israel as well. I am privileged to be able to go to summer camp, attend Hebrew day school and dance many hours a week in a competitive program. I see my Bat Mitzvah as an opportunity to begun a fund that will support kids who may be less fortunate then I am. My family has taught me the importance of tzedakah. I hope to continue this into my future as an adult."
"In advance, I thank you for visiting my donation page.
I would like to make a difference to the lives of other teens who are less fortunate than I am. I believe that we can each make this world a better place today and tomorrow.
We can "tikkun loam".....that means, 'heal the world' by giving to B'nai Tzedek.
In celebration of my becoming Bat Mitzvahed, I thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.
With Shalom and Love,
"I am very happy to be giving all my Bat-Mitzvah money to many different charities. Every single thing that has to do with planning for my Bat-Mitzvah, I try and involve it with a charity. I just feel so good when I help other people. With the help from my family and friends I'm sure raise lots of money to give people in need!"
In celebration of my Bar Mitzvah, I am supporting a project that will share my love of soccer with a group of talented Ethiopian-Israeli teens in the city of Bat Yam. Soccer is an important and rewarding part of my life. Through my tzedakah project, I am hoping to enable teens in Israel to find the same satisfaction in soccer that I do. My project will provide professional soccer coaching and equipment for the teens in Bat Yam.
"It is important to help others because when I think about what I have and what I am able to participate in and hear of others who do not, I want to give them the chance to explore their interests and build self confidence. It is important to give Tzedakah because not everyone has enough money to buy food and have a healthy meal and be happy."
"Edmund Burke once wrote: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Doing nothing means evil will win over good. Doing something means that good can win over evil. It really is that simple. I want to be one of those people who does something good and who can inspire others to also do good works in the world."
“I originally became involved in B'nai Tzedek because my parents, who have always been highly involved in the Toronto Jewish Community, encouraged me to. However, I quickly realized for myself how important it is to donate and volunteer my time. On a trip to Israel, I was able to witness first hand the effects of my donations. As different events have affected my life, I've had numerous opportunities to do things in support of related causes. This includes supporting Holocaust survivors, elderly people in Toronto, those affected by Alzheimer's disease, sending underprivileged children to summer camp, and support a Mentally Disabled School in Israel. B'nai Tzedek is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference in other's lives, and truly make one feel better about themselves and what they can do.”
"Becoming a teen philanthropist is important to me because I was brought up in a house where charity work has become a large part of my life especially in the Jewish community. Having my father work at UJA really made me want to do my part in the world and strengthen the Jewish community. I also have very strong morals about helping people less fortunate than myself."
"By directing the income from this Fund each year, I will be making a difference in the world and helping to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate than me. My parents and grandparents are great examples to me and I'm excited to become a young philanthropist."
"In lieu of any gifts, I would ask that you consider making a donation to the “Madeline Tanenbaum Fund” at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.
By directing the income from this Fund each year, I will be making a difference in the world and helping to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate than me.
My parents and grandparents are great examples to me and I’m excited to become a young philanthropist."
"Being a teen philanthropist is important to me because I feel like doing my part in Tikkun Olam will inspire others and help kids who are less fortunate. I decided to choose a soccer program to support because I feel that this way I will be able to share my love of soccer with other kids. This program will help kids improve their skills and build their self confidence. I feel that at this point in my life it is my turn to take a stand and be a leader."
"As you probably know, I'm a huge sports fan. I like to watch lots of different sports, especially football (Go Steelers!), and I really love playing basketball. I'd like to help give kids in Bat Yam, Israel, a chance to enjoy shooting hoops like me. Bat Yam has a large population of underpriviledged children, many of them Ethiopian Jews, who gain so much from playing basketball. For my Bar Mitzvah, instead of giving me a gift, I hope you'll consider making a donation in my honour to the Gabriel Yallen Basketball Court in Bat Yam."