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East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation

The Jewish Federation of the East Bay’s Jewish Teen Foundation (EBJTF), now entering its twelfth year, is comprised annually of a board of 20-30 high school students interested in leadership and the real-life application of tzedakah and tikkun olam. Teen Foundation board members are chosen each spring through a competitive process to engage in a year-long practice of philanthropy and collaborative grant making. The program aims to encourage the next generation of philanthropists by building leadership skills, teaching consensus-based decision making, exploring the world of fundraising, and nurturing friendships. While the EBJTF is a program of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, and is part of the larger Youth Philanthropy Initiative of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties, it exists in the context of a national network of Jewish Teen Foundations (for more information on the field of Jewish Teen Foundations, please visit www.jtfn.org.).

In its history, the EBJTF has awarded just under $275K in grants locally, globally and in Israel.

We award $30–45,000 each year, most of which the teen board members raise themselves, including a $5,000 match from the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. In 2013-14, our Teen Foundation Board identified its funding mission as aiding at risk youth with a focus on those affected or displaced by violence and conflict. Our 2013-14 grants included:

Tikva Children’s Home: Ukraine - $10,000
World ORT: Liberia - $10,000
Shanti House: Israel - $6,000
Larkin Street Youth Services: San Francisco - $6,000
Canal Alliance: Marin County - $5,000
Total Awarded: $37,000

The teens participate in a weekend retreat each November together with the Bay Area’s other Jewish Teen Foundations, and in six Sunday meetings from December through May to:

The dates for the program year 2014-15 are as follows:

By offering the opportunity to learn and enact tikkun olam in a group of peers, The East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation helps ensure that our youth perpetuate Jewish philanthropic values well into the future.

Generous supporters of the East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation include the Morton and Amy Friedkin Family Foundation, the Sandy and Jean Colen Family Foundation, the Herbert and Marianne Friedman Family Philanthropic Fund, the Diana Grand Philanthropic Fund, the Len and Robbie Cohn Philanthropic Fund, and the Frederick J Isaac Philanthropic Fund, all of the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay; as well as Dana Cohen, Terry and Suzan Kramer, the Piser family, the Shoresh Foundation, Anne Bakar and Yossi Zadik.

For more information contact Phil Hankin, Program Director at 510.809.4955 or phil@jfed.org.