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PAYING IT FORWARD ... Instead of giving gifts to one another for b'nai mitzvah, seventh-grade students at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School collected more than $50,000 that they donated to nonprofit organizations. The fundraiser was part of an annual service-learning project demonstrating the idea behind "Tzedakah," a Hebrew word that calls on people to perform charitable acts. The lesson was incorporated in a weekly class offered through the "Avodah La'Olam" or "work of the world" program, which explores ethical and moral dilemmas through a Jewish perspective, coinciding with the students Bar/Bat Mitzvah year. They started collecting the funds at the start of the school year, which started with an amount they would've spent on one another for b'nai mitzvah presents. Each student selects a nonprofit that speaks to their passions, interviews an official from that organization and compiles a research paper detailing their findings. A celebration was held on May 24 when representatives from about 25 nonprofits accepted their grants, which ranged between $1,250 to $3,800 each. The beneficiaries included Camfed, IsraAID and Camp Kesem.

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