B’nei Mitzvah – Learn to Give

September 22, 2011 by Ayal Tusia
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Jewish Care Victoria, in conjunction with the Pratt Foundation, is proud to announce the launch of its new and exciting B’nei Mitzvah Program – a first of its kind Australian initiative, aiming to connect a new generation of young Jewish people to the concept of tzedakah and philanthropy. 

Tzedakah, while often financial in nature, is also about sharing what you have with others, be it your time, skills, experience or talents. The reward is in the giving.

The program is designed for young adults celebrating their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, which marks the crucially important stage in one’s life and signifies a turning point in one’s transition into adulthood. As such, it is the perfect time for youth to become actively involved with Jewish Care and the wider community.

The Pratt Foundation generously supports the B’nei Mitzvah Program by matching each donation dollar for dollar.  “We believe that young Jewish people at age 12 or 13 are ideal candidates for learning first-hand about how giving can make a difference,” said Sam Lipski, Pratt Foundation’s CEO. “We hope that this experience will become a life-long memory, just like the Bar or Bat Mitzvah itself.”

This unique initiative allows young Jewish adults to develop an appreciation for the vital services that support and enhance the wellbeing of the Victorian Jewish community.

All funds raised by the B’nei Mitzvah program are used for Jewish Care’s social justice programs such as financial aid, employment creation, housing support, counselling, disability respite and other needed community support services.

“Learning the need to be a part of community and to add to its wellbeing and growth is contributing to its successful continuity,” said Bruce Rosengarten, President of Jewish Care.

The B’nei Mitzvah Program promotes a sense of communal responsibility and empowers young adults to assist Jewish Care in turning lives around, together.

If you would like to take part in the B’nei Mitzvah Program, please contact Emma Boyar on (03) 8517 5933 or [email protected]. You can also visit our B’nei Mitzvah web page at www.jewishcare.org.au/mitzvah



One Response to “B’nei Mitzvah – Learn to Give”
  1. Ann Fink says:

    Kol HaKavod! Congratulations to all at Pratt foundation for this superb initiative and incredible generosity!

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