Mitzvah Project Central

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Mitzvah Project Central
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Cutting Edge
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Founded in 2014, Tzedek America’s mission is to transform lives, strengthen Jewish identity, and change the world through immersive social justice experiences for youth ages 11-18. It offers service learning day trips, multi-day travel experiences, and curated virtual programming for Jewish Day School and religious school students. During the pandemic, Tzedek America’s reach grew exponentially from serving 2,000 students each year to working with up to 500 students a month through virtual social justice experiences.


To expand Mitzvah Project Central, a program that will connect hundreds of B’nai Mitzvah students with meaningful volunteer service experiences that fulfill their mitzvah project requirements while deepening connections to their Torah portions and Jewish identities. The program seeks to set students on a course of lifelong Jewish learning and engagement guided by social justice.

With the generous support of The Foundation, Tzedek America can exponentially expand the number of b'nai mitzvah students we support getting involved in direct service in Los Angeles. The funding will help provide the resources to create the tools we need to support Jewish teenagers in getting more civically engaged. Our cutting-edge program, called Mitzvah Project Central, elevates the mitzvah project as part of the b'nai mitzvah experience, teaches Jewish values, and helps make Los Angeles a better place.

Avram Mandell
Founding Executive Director, Tzedek America