Our Why

It started with a desire to help others. Twelve & Thirteen is a Jewish community organisation that was formed in 2015 when founder Moran Dvir’s eldest daughter was approaching her batmitzvah. A lifelong volunteer, Moran wanted her daughter to experience the same satisfaction and personal gratitude she felt when helping others. Moreover, she hoped that regularly volunteering with her daughter would create a balance to the many parties she would attend (as well as her own).

Moran designed Twelve to be a parent-child program in order to create shared experiences that her daughter would remember for many years to come. In 2016, Thirteen was formed with the same values and philosophy.

Our Mission

To grow gratitude, empathy and giving in young people and their families through experiential giving in the bar and bat mitzvah year. We achieve our mission through our Twelve & Thirteen programs that:

  • Engage families in unique volunteering experiences
  • Broaden participants’ awareness of social issues
  • Provide direct support to people in need
  • Cultivate an inclusive environment
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