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The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future

Social Action


The Challenge

The concept of Tikkun Olam -- the healing and repair of our world – is discussed throughout Jewish commentary as a basic Jewish value. Tikkun Olam is not just something Jews do for the world and for others, but lso to grow personally, as a people and to acknowledge that we are part of something larger than ourselves.

The concept of caring for the world and those around us offers a means of Jewish expression and it's an important way of connecting to the Jewish community, to our culture and to Jewish values. Putting this concept into action is a valuable learning experience for Jews of all ages, and a significant way of engaging young people with their Judaism.

The Solution

While formal Jewish education is a vital component of Jewish continuity, the experi­ence does not resonate with every young person, or with every family. That's why in addition to formal education, developing, funding and promoting informal programs that instill strong Jewish values are also top priorities for CFJF.

Currently, CFJF funds a Teen Philanthropy program, in which Bar and Bat Mitzvah age young people contribute monetary gifts to learn about community needs and different community agencies and programs. In addition, funding is a priority for youth groups (such as BBYO - B'nai Brith Youth Organization) that emphasize social action as an important part of community involvement. 

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