Jacob plays the part of Teen Philanthropist

Jacob Eisen makes his bar mitzvah celebration extra meaningful by giving the gift of music to teens in Bat Yam

Jacob Eisen shares his love of music

L-R: Jacob celebrates at a l’chaim held by B’nai Tzedek with his family in honour of his commitment to tzedakah; Teens at the Ramat School in Bat Yam practice music and perform with their classmates

By Jody Kamen-- For Jacob Eisen, becoming a bar mitzvah was a meaningful event spent with family and friends and the community at shul. Jacob read from the torah that his grandparents donated to Chabad in his honour.

In lieu of the customary bar mitzvah gifts, Jacob decided he wanted to take this coming of age opportunity to give back to the community, something that has been encouraged of him by his family for as long as he can remember.

After seeing his older sister Tamar become involved in the B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy program at the time of her bat mitzvah, and make a connection to something she loves, dance, he knew it was something he wanted to do too. And for Jacob, a talented musician dabbling in guitar, drums and piano, his love of music was something he wanted to focus in on.

In Bat Yam, Israel, home to the most vulnerable segment of the Israeli population, the interest in music classes continues to grow among the junior high school population. However, a large percentage of the new Ethiopian Israeli immigrants and disadvantaged Israelis cannot afford to pay for music enrichment activities.

Through his tzedakah fund, Jacob is helping teens participate in music classes at the Ramot School in Bat Yam. The Ramot School loans instruments to the students for the school year. Through his fund, Jacob has helped purchase additional instruments for the school to give out, expanding the music program and allowing more teens to participate in something they love.

Every year, Jacob will make distributions from his tzedakah fund to causes he is passionate about.

Yasher Koach to Jacob, his family and everyone who contributed to Jacob’s Tzedakah Fund. Together we are making a difference!

Up-close & personal with Jacob

B’nai Tzedek: What inspired you to incorporate tzedakah into your bar mitzvah?
Jacob Eisen: My sister did it, so it seems natural to do it - a good idea.

BT: Where did you learn about tzedakah?
JE: I learned about tzedakah from my family. Ever since I was young I was encouraged to help others.

BT: How did you decide on your cause?
JE: I chose music because it is something I am passionate about.

BT: Do you have any words of wisdom to offer other teens?
JE: I would tell someone approaching their bar/bat mitzvah that B’nai Tzedek is a good idea and they should consider it as part of their celebration.