Up Close and Personal with Tamar Eisen

the Eisen family

Tamar receiving a B'nai Tzedek award with her parents and brothers


In honour of her Bat Mitzvah, Tamar Eisen decided to fund a dance program for underprivileged youth in Bat Yam, Israel through the B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy program. Bat Yam is home to the fastest growing Ethiopian-Israeli community in Israel, which is also the most vulnerable segment of the Israeli population. 40% of Ethiopian-Israeli youth are categorized as being “at-risk.”

Extra-curricular programs, which enable youth to develop talents and form an integral part of a well-rounded education, are beyond the means of most Ethiopian-Israelis. Dance, in particular, promotes motivation, discipline, and self-esteem - vital characteristics for educational and social success. Thanks to all who contributed, Tamar’s Bat Mitzvah Fund has enabled many of Bat Yam’s at-risk youth to participate in dance programs and develop skills that will help integrate them into Israeli society. AND her impact is two-fold, as the Municipality of Bat Yam agreed to match the funds Tamar raised for the program.

“It has been amazing watching Tamar take on this project so wholeheartedly,” expressed Tamar’s parents, Lisa and David Eisen. “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our family and friends, and Tamar has set such a good example for her two younger brothers.”

The Eisens plan on visiting Israel in the Spring, and Tamar will have the opportunity to see her Tzedakah in action.

Yasher koach to Tamar, the Eisen family, and everyone who contributed to Tamar’s Bat Mitzvah fund. Together we are transforming lives!

Here are a few words from the Bat Mitzvah girl herself:

How do you feel about your project in Israel?
"It’s something really special. Dance is such a big part of my life. I’m a dancer – it’s what I love. I feel really lucky to be able to help people in Bat Yam do what I love."

Where did you learn about tzedakah?
"My dad always taught me from the Pirkei Avot: 'Eizehu ashir? Hasameach bechelko.' (Who is rich? He who is happy with his lot.) That has always been a big part of my life."

What is your inspiration for giving?
"I knew I wanted to give back to the community for my Bat Mitzvah. When I heard about the dance program in Bat Yam, I thought it would be a perfect way for me to give back because it’s something I’m really passionate about."

What would you say to others your age about getting involved?
"It’s very important to help even just a little bit, because if we all help just a little bit we can do so much."