Teen Philanthropy


Memphis B’nai Tzedek is the premier teen philanthropy program in Memphis. Founded in 2002 and named Outstanding Teen Foundation in 2005 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Memphis Chapter, the goal of B’nai Tzedek is to teach Jewish teens to become philanthropists. The teens learn to identify personal values within a Jewish context while also learning about the importance of giving.

B’nai Tzedek is a way for teens, at the time of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, to begin a life of philanthropy. Teens join B’nai Tzedek by donating $250 of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah money to the Jewish Foundation of Memphis to set up an individual fund in their name. The program’s sponsor matches that money, so that the teen has $500 in their fund. Every year, each member may give away 20% of their fund to the qualified charities of their choice.


Memphis B’nai Tzedek also has a teen philanthropy board comprised of 15 high school students who are selected and entrusted with $10,000 to allocate in the Memphis Jewish community. These teen are responsible for all aspects of the granting process beginning with distributing an RFP to eligible organizations, review and evaluation of each proposal and, ultimately, delivering the grant award checks. The group includes all profiles of Jewish engagement; it is trans-denominational and brings together teens who have a range of experiences and backgrounds.​


Join B'nai Tzedek Today!

For more information contact Lauren Luskey Taube at (901) 767-8522 or ltaube@jcpmemphis.org.

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