Click here to fill out and submit the B'nai Tzedek application.

For more information, contact Micki Pittman, MSW, at 419-724-0407 or

Fund recipients


  • BBYO

  • Bowling Green State University Hillel

  • Chabad House of Toledo

  • Congregation B'nai Israel

  • Congregation Etz Chayim

  • Friendship Circle

  • Gan Yeladim Preschool

  • Give-A-Gift

  • Hadassah

  • Holiday Food Baskets/Ma'os Hittem

  • Indigent Burial

  • Jewish Community Relations Council

  • Jewish Family Service Annual Friends Campaign

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Annual Campaign

  • Jewish Living Center

  • Jewish Family Service Family Pantry

  • Jewish Family Service Volunteer Programs

  • Maccabi USA

  • Next Jewish Generation

  • Organizations for rehabilitation and training

  • PJ Library of Toledo

  • Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center of Greater Toledo

  • Scholarships

  • Temple Shomer Emunim

  • Toledo Jewish Community Foundation

  • Toledo Jewish News

  • University of Toledo Hillel

  • World ORT

The Suzanne & Allan Cohn B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program


The Suzanne & Allan Cohn B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program is an investment in and for local Jewish teens. It helps empower our youth to become changemakers in their community. B’nai Tzedek (children of righteousness) allows teens to be active donors to causes they believe in. At the same time, they learn how to make giving decisions that embody the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world).


B’nai Tzedek is an exceptional addition to resumes and college applications. Participation within the program may be counted toward volunteer service hours and/or as an extracurricular activity. Letters of recommendation are available to participants.

How it works


A fund is established in a teen’s name with a $125 contribution. The Toledo Jewish Community Foundation matches this contribution, which sets the fund at $250. The Suzanne & Allan Cohn fund donates $250 for a total of $500 in the first year.


Once a year, participants allocate 5-percent of their fund to a local Jewish organization or program of their choice (see list on left side of page). They learn about local non-profit organizations through volunteer opportunities in the Jewish community and greater Toledo area.



Q. Who is eligible to establish a fund?

A. Any Jewish teen ages 12-17 is eligible to establish a B’nai Tzedek fund.


Q. How does the fund grow?

A. Anyone can donate to a B’nai Tzedek fund at any time – on the teen’s birthday, Hanukkah, or their graduation, for example – in any amount. Each fund will receive investment income annually. As the fund grows, the amount that can be granted will also grow.


Q. How long do B’nai Tzedek funds last?

A. Participants can keep their fund until they are 20 years old. They can then donate their fund balance to support future B’nai Tzedek program participants or a Toledo Jewish organization of their choice, or they can convert their existing fund to a full donor-advised fund with a minimum balance of $2,500 through the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation. Fund holders can continue giving tzedakah from this donor-advised fund throughout their lifetime.