Jteen Philanthropy

Jteen Philanthropy

Jewish teen philanthropy programs provide teens with an opportunity to engage in hands-on philanthropy while learning the Jewish values of tzedakah (charity), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Jteen philanthropy programming goes beyond a simple tzedakah lesson or fundraising project. By engaging teens in collective philanthropic giving, these programs help youth to understand the Jewish obligation of tzedakah on a much deeper level. It gives them an opportunity to collaborate, debate and allocate, exposing them to the tough issues facing our community, while giving them the opportunity to make a direct impact on the world.

Jteen Philanthropy

Are you ready for the leadership experience of a lifetime?
Jteen Philanthropy is your chance to change the world while having an amazing time with your friends. As a member of a giving circle, you will take on the role of a philanthropist and make decisions that impact people and organizations locally and worldwide. Take part in this unique program for an amazing addition to your college resume, a fun and exciting experience and a chance to make a difference.
Applications for VA Jteen Philanthropy are currently closed!


Jteen 2.0

Finished year one? Find out what’s new in year two!
This is your chance to take the skills that you’ve learned this past year and put them into action. You choose the causes, advocate for the organizations that we will see and serve as leaders in the local philanthropic community. Once again, you’ll have the chance to allocate over $10,000 to local, national and international non-profits. You’ll develop leadership skills, public speaking tools and use teamwork and consensus to make decisions that impact hundreds of lives.

Applications for Jteen 2.0 are closed. 

Contact Samantha Vinokor at samantha.vinokor@shalomdc.org or 301-230-7283 for more information on future cohorts.

*Jteen Philanthropy requires that each participant contribute a minimum of $360 to the collective giving pool. This amount will be matched by Federation, meaning that your $360 contribution becomes $720, all of which will go directly to the organizations that you choose! If this amount is a challenge for you and your family, please be in touch with Samantha to discuss further.


Fast Philanthropy


Want to experience a taste of Jewish teen philanthropy? Fast Philanthropy is a great way to get started! These fun and exciting one-session programs give you a chance to explore your values, debate with your friends, and experience what it’s like to impact the world with your talents and skillsets.

Are you interested in bringing Fast Philanthropy to your synagogue, camp, youth group or Jewish culture club? Contact samantha.vinokor@shalomdc.org for more information!

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations.