Central Agency for Jewish Education Formerly the Central Agency for Jewish Education


St. Louis Teen Initiative

:: B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy 
:: JOLT Jewish Opportunities and Learning for Teens

:: Morah Maxine Goldstein Awardee

B'nai Tzedek St. Louis Youth Philanthropy a program of CAJE

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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.

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.



 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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We at CAJE and JOLT are evolving to a new and more expansive vision of what it means to be a teen learning community, and many changes have taken. Including Beyond the Classroom program. The 2014-2015 school year will continues to offer Jewish learning in an elective, classroom-based format. 

Feel free to give me a call (314) 442-3757 or email me at mweil@cajestl.org.

"MORAH" Maxine


"MORAH" Maxine Goldman Weil, JOLT Director

Maxine Goldman Weil, Senior Educational Program Director for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis (CAJE), was recipient of the 2007 Fred A. Goldstein Memorial Service Award for professional excellence. She was honored at the first meeting of the newly-formed Jewish Federation Board of Trustees in the Federation Kopolow Building. The Award singles out outstanding professionals for their innovative achievements in Jewish communal service.

View photos of Maxine and the Goldstein Award

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