Emerging Leaders Programming
The Jewish Community Foundation is committed to creating educated and sophisticated donors from an early age. To accomplish this, we have two innovative programs serving teens and young adults, respectively.
The B’nai Tzedek (“children of justice”) program introduces youth who have just celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvah to the value and rewards of philanthropy, and provides an exciting way to give and become involved with local Jewish organizations. Participants learn about community needs and how nonprofits deliver services. Since the program’s inception in 2001, B’nai Tzedek fundholders have donated nearly $225,000 to community agencies.
J-LEAD (Jewish Leadership, Education, Action and Development) is the Jewish Community Foundation’s giving circle for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Through J-LEAD, a member can:
- Increase the impact of their charitable dollars
- Learn more about giving opportunities and community needs
- Have networking opportunities
- Make new friends
- Develop skills to become philanthropic leaders
Since 2005, J-LEAD members have collectively granted more than $325,000 to community organizations.