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Young Jewish Giving


Apply today and become involved with Young Jewish Giving!
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• Young Jewish Giving
• Volunteer Council

  Jewish students ages 12-22

What:  Young Jewish Giving provides hands-on experience and education about philanthropy and non-profit organizations. YJG offers fun, social, energetic and insightful programming built around tzedakah, its importance in Judaism and the responsibility to engage in acts of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Teens learn firsthand about giving tzedakah by opening their own fund, practicing social action, and being part of a community that models leadership.

Why:  Young Jewish Giving empowers Jewish teens to make an impact in the world by giving tzedakah and supporting causes that are meaningful to them. Our goal is to inspire young  people to make a difference in the community by providing both the knowledge and resources to be able to do so.

For more information contact Danielle Gordman at

Upcoming Events:

Giving Shuk - Middle & High School Event

Tuesday, April 16 | 6-8pm | JCC Auditorium
The annual Giving Shuk (market) offers teens the chance to learn about local non-profit organizations and listen to inspiring stories from community philanthropists. YJG members will make their annual allocation from their donor advised funds. Special presentation for all seniors.
Free Kosher dinner will be provided.

Featuring Rik Bonness
Rik Bonness, former Husker All-American and Superbowl Champ turned accomplished attorney, will share his story about grit, perseverance, health, disease, and living with intention. After both of his sons were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Rik turned his volunteer efforts to raising awareness and money to support research. Together with local and national JDRF, Rik has helped move the needle closer to more understanding of T1D and an eventual cure. Join us to hear Rik’s inspirational journey and the enriching impact of charity and community.

Event Schedule:
6:00 pm –  Arrival and high school senior induction into the Omaha Jewish Alumni Association by Lisa and Gary Epstein
6:15 pm - Shuk booths open. Kosher buffet for teens available.
7:15 pm – Teen Foundation check presentations & inspirational talk by local philanthropist Rik Bonness
7:45 pm – YJG account holders make their annual allocations & door prizes announced

YJG Teen Foundation

The YJG Teen Foundation is an innovative leadership development program for Jewish high school students (9th-12th) who want to learn how grant making works by participating in a year-long foundation experience.  MUST APPLY TO PARTICIPATE

All Teen Foundation meetings will be from 12:30-2pm in the Jewish Federation Conference Room unless otherwise noted.
September 16, 2018
October 7, 2018
November 18, 2018
January 27, 2019
February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019
April 14, 2019