Indianapolis, IN and Seattle, WA are the newest incubator communities, joining San Diego, California; Detroit, Michigan; Boston, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Toronto, Canada; and Melbourne, Australia, and Israel as a part of fourth cohort of the JTFN Foundation Board Incubator. Funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund, the JTFN Foundation Board Incubator brings the success and impact of Jewish teen philanthropy programs … [Read more...] about Indianapolis and Seattle will join the Jewish Teen Funders Network Foundation Board Incubator
By Wayne Green Rabbi Hillel said: “If I am not for me, who will be for me? And when I am for myself alone, what am I?” Pirkei Avot 1:14. This text asks us to consider when to stand and act for ourselves and when to act for others. Is it being selfish if I only take care and act for myself? And who am I when I do this? But let’s be creative. What happens when we reverse this text and ask first, “And when I am for myself alone, what am I?” … [Read more...] about Where does Authenticity fit within our Giving Experience?
By Renanit Levy If you’ve ever planned a bar or bat mitzvah, you know that it is easy to get caught up in the details of the party. What will the logo look like? What kind of appetizers will we serve? What color should the linens on the tables and the flowers on the bima be? How many kinds of candy should we serve at the candy bar? Keeping the real meaning of the event at the forefront can feel elusive. As a mother going through the bat … [Read more...] about Teen Philanthropy: Bat Mitzvah Edition
By Briana Holtzman “Obsessed with our phones ... self-centered ... lazy.” I recently spent the afternoon with 70 teens exploring their role as philanthropists and asked them what they think people think about teens today. “And ... what do you want them to know?” I pushed further. What poured out of the room did not surprise me, but it was a narrative we hear not often enough. We need to know that to be a teen today is to live in a … [Read more...] about Transforming Tzedakah into Grantmaking, a study by the Jewish Teen Funders Network
By Hallie Shapiro Devir [This article is the second in a series written by participants in the inaugural Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] This year we are celebrating a bar mitzvah in our department. It is the thirteenth year of Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation, a teen philanthropy program that engages approximately 25 teens per year from across the metropolitan area in the sacred … [Read more...] about Broadening the Circle: Parents’ Role as (Co-)Experiential Jewish Educator