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B’nai Tzedek


Through the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton’s B’nai Tzedek Program, teens learn the power of giving while connecting with other participants and gaining leadership skills.

  • B’nai Tzedek is open to Dayton area teens ages 13 and up.
  • Teens can establish a fund – in their own name – with a minimum contribution of $180 or more.
  • The Ida Fay & Luba Gretel B’nai Tzedek Youth Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton will contribute an additional $320 to the fund as a one-time match. That means the fund will begin with a minimum balance of $500!
  • Teens learn about the importance of tzedakah by making a yearly donation from their fund to an approved 501(c)(3) charity. In addition, programs are scheduled throughout the year to foster growth and peer connections. Our goal is to engage and empower youth today to help build leaders for tomorrow. Through the B’nai Tzedek Program, the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton is excited and proud to teach young philanthropists the value of investing in the future of our community. If you would like more information about B’nai Tzedek, please contact Janese R. Sweeny, Esq., Foundation Director at (937) 401-1542.

“I like to help people! I know that charity and philanthropy have always been an important thing in my family, and I have always taken pride in seeing my parents’ and grandparents’ involvement in both Jewish and non-Jewish causes, so when the chance came to be a philanthropist myself, I knew it was something I wanted to do. Prior to my Bar Mitzvah, my parents established “Jeremy’s Fund” at Camp Livingston to help make camp – which is so important in my life – possible for other Dayton area kids. My B’nai Tzedek Fund will ensure that I personally will be able to continue to provide funds for this purpose.”

– Jeremy Bettman

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