Double your impact!
By requesting your guests to donate to Jewish Care in lieu of gifts, their donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the generosity of the Pratt Foundation. That's right! Every dollar donated is doubled!
How matching gifts work
When you choose to celebrate your Bar or Bat Mitzvah with Jewish Care, by asking your guests to donate in lieu of gifts, the total amount donated in the young adult’s name will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Pratt Foundation once he or she completes 5 hours of volunteering at Jewish Care.
Who is eligible
Jewish Care's B'nei Mitzvah Giving is designed for young Jewish adults residing in Victoria, who are celebrating their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
The 5 hours of volunteering is specifically designed to be meaningful and meet the needs of a 12-13 year old. Volunteer hours are completed on a Sunday at a Jewish Care location.
How do I inform my guests?
It is customary to identify that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah student has requested a donation to Jewish Care in lieu of gifts on the invitation.
We make the process of donating easy for your guests by building a specific event fundraising page with your name. For example jewishcare.org.au/JacobsBarmy. Your page can carry any personal message you wish to convey to your guests and you can also include a photo.
Once your event page has been built, we provide you with the page URL which you can print on your invitations.
Your guests then go to that page and donate.
Where does the donated money go?
All funds donated to B’nei Mitzvah Giving go toward Jewish Care’s social justice programs, which do not attract government funding. These programs include financial aid, employment and training, housing support, counselling, disability respite and other needed community support services.
How to register
Bar/Bat Mitzvahs - looking back in time
A special page has been set up displaying photos and stories of bar and bat mitzvahs from the past. If you would like your special occasion included on this page, please email your photo and memories of your bar/bat mitzvah to .
Share your Bar/Bat Mitzvah photo on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #bneimitzvah