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B'nai Tzedek Presentation at Shaare Emeth

CAJE St. Louis B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program

Beth Koritz, Director of B’nai Tzedek, speaks to the b’nai mitzvah class at Shaare Emeth.

Cantor Seth Warner praised the program and challenged the class to have 100 percent participation in the teen philanthropy program.



The B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program empowers teens to improve the world by launching them on a personal and engaged relationship to life-long Jewish giving.  Participants typically enter the B’nai Tzedek program during the year of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, although it is not unusual for them to enter the year before or within a few years after.  Each year the teens allocate 5% of their fund to the Jewish charity of their choice.  The lessons of giving and the philanthropy continue every year until they are at least 25 years old.

B'nai Tzedek is funded by a generous grant from the Kranzberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundatino of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. CAJE is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation.

 What are the objectives?

  • To engage a growing number of youth in the ongoing care of our Jewish community.
  • To empower Jewish teens to change the world through Jewish philanthropy.
  • To create a greater community focus on Jewish giving through B’nai Tzedek participants, their families and social networks.
  • To cultivate the next generation of leadership for our congregations and community agencies.
  • For Jewish teens to experience an allocation process for non-profit organizations.

 Additional Benefits

  • great tie-in with your mitzvah project
  • wonderful addition to a college resume
  • an opportunity to meet other teens interested in making a difference.

How do I get started?

Each teen starts with a $200 contribution to their fund.  The Kranzberg Family Foundation contributes an additional $300 to achieve an opening balance of $500.  For an individual account to remain current, the fund holder must make their annual allocation and make an annual principal contribution of at least $18.00.

 For More Information contact Beth Koritz at 314.442.3376 or bkoritz@cajestl.org

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B'nai Tzedek Kick Off Program

The B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy program, funded locally by the Kranzberg Family Foundation, held its first educational program on Sunday, February 8, 2009. Teens participated in a variety of decision making activities and had an opportunity to learn about each other. Ken Kranzberg welcomed the teens and explained to them his personal reasons for giving to the community and why it is so important for them to begin a lifetime of giving at a young age.

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B'nai Tzedek Get's Its Game On

Four representatives explained, described, and promoted their organizations to the audience before them. After all, their performance could act as a direct link for more funding.
But these reps aren’t on Wall Street, and their audience isn’t the sharp dressed yuppies that catch the 1:00pm lunch at the hotspot downtown.

The speakers represented local Jewish high-impact agencies: The St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center; the Jewish Food Pantry; the Brodsky Library; the Jewish Council and Relations Committee; the B’nai Brith Youth Organization; and the We Care Movement.

The audience was a tight-knit group of more than 25 teenagers, ranging from 6th to 10th grade, bound by their commitment to B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy.

B’nai Tzedek was founded recently, in February 2009. Since then the group has really hit its groove. A teen can join the group by submitting an initial $250 investment. They are often helped by their family and congregation. That amount is then matched by the Kranzberg Family Foundation. Each year, the member must submit at least $18, and the fund continues to grow with help from friends, family, and accrued interest.
Now for the good part: Once a year, the member has the opportunity to allocate 5% of their fund to the Jewish organization of their choice.
And so, a group of teenagers found themselves at the ‘J,’ learning about just a few of the excellent Jewish organizations that could use some more funding.

B’nai Tzedek director Cindy Becker said, “Tonight was a great opportunity to educate teens on local agencies that are in need of their personal B'nai Tzedek allocations.”

One teen, Lexie Winter, served as both member and speaker. She had learned that Congregation B’nai Torah possessed a Torah, saved from the Holocaust, which was in dire need of repair. For her bat mitzvah project, she decided to begin the We Care Movement, a call for families and kids to donate a little money and attention to a worthy cause.

After learning about what each organization had to offer, the teens scrambled upstairs to take advantage of the J’s Fun Zone, complete with state-of-the-art computers, new Nintendo Wii games, spin bicycles, and the ever popular interactive arcade game, Dance Dance Revolution.
The session cooled down with smoothies from Herky’s Café, a relaxing end to an informational and important night.

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Magic of GivingFirst Annual Allocation





Twenty-two local B'nai Tzedek teens made their FIRST allocation to a Jewish organization that they chose individually!

B'nai Tzedek-Kranzberg Foundation-Youth Philantrophy Mary Ann Srenco
Mary Ann Srenco from the Kranzberg Family Foundation

Mary Ann Srenco from the Kranzberg Family Foundation that provides matching dollars to the teens accounts attended the event and spoke to the teens on the importance of giving.

Also speaking to this special group of teens was Sherri Frank Weintrop, VP of Planning and Allocations for the Jewish Federation and Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg from United Hebrew Congregation! The evening ended with some amazing magic by local magician Brent Loewenstein and a fabulous dessert reception!





Making out checks


Girls  Giving


Boys Giving






Group Giving


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