Jewish Federation of St. Louis is excited to announce the addition of two schools to their list of beneficiary agencies. Esther Miller Bais Yaakov High School and Yeshivat Kadimah High School were added as beneficiary agencies of Jewish Federation of St. Louis at a meeting of Jewish Federation of St. Louis Board of Directors in August. This is the first time since 2004 that a new organization has been given beneficiary agency status.
“Yeshivat Kadimah High School is honored to have been accepted as a beneficiary agency of Jewish Federation of St. Louis,” said Rabbi Naftali Rothstein, Principal of Yeshivat Kadimah High School. “Kadimah is committed to helping each and every student actualize his or her potential. Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ recognition and financial support will enable us to invest even more in the future leaders of our community.”
Currently, three Jewish day schools are beneficiary agencies: Epstein Hebrew Academy, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, and Torah Prep School. The schools are funded through the Day School Pool, which is $495,989 for 2015-16. The schools receive an allocation of $1,000 per student in grades K-8, plus an additional $500 per student who is considered new to the Jewish day school system.
In March 2015, the Board of Directors agreed with the Planning & Allocations committee’s recommendation that Jewish Federation of St. Louis should consider expanding the Day School Pool in an effort to be as inclusive of the range of schools in our community and support as many students as possible. The addition of Esther Miller Bais Yaakov High School and Yeshivat Kadimah High School will mean the Day School Pool now supports High School programs.
“All of us at Esther Miller Bais Yaakov are very appreciative and excited to be named a beneficiary agency of Jewish Federation of St. Louis,” said Dov Axelbaum, Board President of Esther Miller Bais Yaakov. “In addition to the support and services Jewish Federation of St. Louis provides, we also appreciate the high standards it sets for its agencies. We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Jewish Federation of St. Louis as we do our part in guiding and educating a new generation of Orthodox young women in St. Louis.”
Esther Miller Bais Yaakov is an Orthodox girls high school, whose graduates typically attend seminary followed by college. Yeshivat Kadimah High School is an Orthodox Yeshiva college-prep high school that serves the entire Jewish community.