As Bar & Bat Mitzvah students prepare for their big day, one of the lessons they learn is the importance of Tzedakah. JewishColumbus provides a program for all Bar & Bat Mitzvahs that is focused on this important Jewish value.

B’nai Tzedek Funds can be opened with an initial family contribution of $125 (or more) – this typically comes from Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts. Through the generosity of Mitzi & Henry (z”l) Saeman, the initial family contribution is supplemented with a contribution of $250. In addition, JewishColumbus provides a contribution of $125.

This innovative program is one-way JewishColumbus invests in local teens by providing tools designed to encourage a life-long commitment to Tzedakah. B’nai Tzedek, a program of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, introduces youth to the world of charitable giving through establishing their own Fund. As a B’nai Tzedek Fund Holder, they learn about how their financial gifts (philanthropy) can help others and better our community and the world.

For more information on B’nai Tzedek, please contact Alyssa Russell at