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  1. At Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills social justice has a central place and there is a program especially for young activists called MATCH – Money And Teenagers Creating Hope. This innovative program, beginning its fourth year, invites the teenagers of the congregation (ninth through twelfth graders) to become the board of an endowment fund of $250,000 that generates approximately $10,000 per year that the teenagers have to decide how to distribute. Each teen who participates “buys” a seat on the Board for $72 and commits to meet five times a year to study about tzedakah, create a mission statement for the Foundation, choose the issues and areas that ought to be funded, meet with philanthropists, research organizations, and ultimately advocate for his or her particular passion. Over the past three years the teenagers have distributed funds to local, national, international as well as Israeli organizations making a real difference in the world.

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