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Linda Alexander Teen Funders Program

We Can Be Very Proud of Our Teen Philanthropists

Under the direction of Teen Funder coordinator, Jeffrey Scheer, the Teen Philanthropists meet to consider grant distributions to charities from a pooled fund. The teens deliberated in a well-organized manner giving each organization thoughtful consideration. Over the past fourteen years, the Teen Funders have made grants of over $60,000. This connection with the next generation of philanthropists is quite important to all of us in the non-profit world.


The Linda Alexander Teen Funders Program of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York provides financial support to organizations in both the Jewish and general communities of Central New York and Israel that directly impact children with special needs, children with limited opportunities, or children and their families by promoting self-sufficiency, self-empowerment, health and wellness.  

The Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York invites all b’nai mitzvah to experience the joy of tzedakah by putting their deeply-held values into action.  The Teen Funders meet twice a year to discuss causes and programs they would like to support through philanthropy.  Each contributes from his or her account into a pooled fund and the group votes on the distribution.  It is a thoughtful and meaningful experience and greatly enjoyed by the participants.  Attorney Jeff Scheer and Foundation Executive Director Michael Balanoff convene the sessions, but the teens are in charge.

If a bar or bat mitzvah would like to participate, they need to open a fund at the Foundation with a minimum $250 deposit.  This amount is then matched by the Pomeranz, Shankman, Martin Charitable Trust, giving them a minimum of $500 from which they can allocate at the Teen Funders meetings.


Temple Adath Yeshurun

Danielle Alpert

Rachel Alpert

Jessica Beasley

Kassidy Hirsh

Noah Hyde

Jonah Jaffe

Stephanie Lynne

Rose Scheer

Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas

Aliya Iosilevich

Alex Ovadia

Myah Pettiford

Owen Reckess

Jonah Sahm

Eden Shirilan-Howlett

AJ Sikora
Shaynah Sikora

Jack Wells

Temple Concord

Mae Cohen Zachary Fellman Abe Salomon Jack Satterlee Noah Satterlee

Chloe Smeader Emma Waldman Bryce Wheeler

Leora Zames

Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse

Sarah Kornfeld

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