JCYF 2021-2022 Distinguished Alumni Award

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Reflections on JCYF from the 2018-2019 Graduating Class

Read these wonderful, heartfelt reflections from our 2018-2019 senior class on what JCYF has meant to them!


JCYF 2018-2019 Distinguished Alumni Award

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Mazel Tov to the JCYF 2017-2018 Grantees!

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8th Grade Recipients
· Center for Jewish Life-Hillel at Princeton University: Challah for Hunger  $1,000
· Friendship Circle of Greater Mercer County: Cancer Patient Initiative  $2,000
· Greenwood House: Nursing Department  $3,040
· Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer: College Scholarships/Book Awards  $1,000
· Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County: Kosher Food Pantry $4,000
9th Grade Recipients
· Chai Lifeline: Big Brothers and Sisters for Children Living with Illness  $2,046
· DOROT: Homelessness Prevention Program and Aftercare Program  $4,000
· Educational Alliance: Project ORE Passover Seder  $2,687
· Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: Strengthening Legal Defense for Immigrants & Asylum Seekers $4,000
· National Council of Jewish Women: Back 2 School Store  $3,287
10th Grade Recipients
· The Jewish Museum: Memory Loss Programs  $3,533
· Lower East Side Tenement Museum: The Jewish Immigrant Experience  $3,342
· Museum at Eldridge Street: Free and Pay-What-You-Wish Mondays  $3,010
· Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust: Interfaith Living Museum  $3,521
· National Yiddish Theatre — Folksbiene: Global Restoration Project $1,254
· YIVO Institute for Jewish Research: Children's Day  $1,000
11th Grade Recipients
· Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA): Speakers for CAMERA Funded Programs on College Campuses  $1,060
· Jerusalem U: Sustainable Nation Feature Film  $3,000
· Stand With Us: Learn Israel  $3,160
· TAMID: TAMID Speaker Series  $2,205
· The Israel Project: Intellicopter Program  $2,295
12th Grade Recipients
· American Friends of Jordan River Village: Camp Friends—Stronger Israel  $3,000
· American Friends of Leket Israel: Feeding Israel’s Youth At-Risk $3,000
· Beit Ruth Educational and Therapeutic Village: Music Therapy Program  $2,500
· Thank Israel Soldiers: Care Packages for Needy Soldiers  $2,944
The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is excited to kick off its thirteenth year this fall, as it celebrates its Bar Mitzvah year.  The program brings together nearly 200 teens in grades 8 through 12 from the greater Mercer County area.   The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Service and funded by the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund and the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks.  The program is designed to have teens learn about, experience, and act upon Jewish values.

Each participant contributes $120, which is then matched by the Shechtel Philanthropic Fund and The Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks. The contributions are pooled together and each group of participants is responsible for allocating thousands of dollars to worthy causes. The students meet six times between October and March in the Princeton area to discuss Tzedakah, assess the kinds of programs and issues they wish to explore, invite specific agencies to apply for funding, and arrange for site visits to those agencies. At year-end, each group meets to debate and decide how their dollars will be donated.  Since the Jewish Community Youth Foundation’s inception, the teen philanthropists have donated $605,090 to 57 different Jewish recipient agencies locally, nationally and around the world.

This progressive curriculum begins with incoming eighth graders who focus on local Jewish agencies that provide assistance to those in need. Each year progresses to a different focus, as ninth graders explore regional and national agencies, tenth graders investigate Jewish arts and culture, eleventh graders focus on outreach and advocacy, and twelfth graders learn about philanthropy in Israel.

The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is one of 133 similar programs around the country, and ours is a model that is receiving national attention. The goal is to develop a new generation of Jewish Philanthropists; judging by the reactions of the participants and their parents, it is well on its way to success.

Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth grade registration is now in progress.  For more information, visit our website at:  www.jfcsonline.org/jcyf or contact Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100 or celestea@jfcsonline.org.  The first Jewish Community Youth Foundation meeting will take place in the fall.  Space is limited.