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About Us

Mission Statement

Jewish Federation of St. Louis mobilizes the Jewish community and its human and financial resources to preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, in Israel and around the world.

We help ensure that every individual in our community can live their life with dignity, meaning and purpose.

  • Dignity: We help ensure that the most vulnerable have a place to live, food to eat and services to protect them.
  • Meaning: We help provide points of access to anyone who wishes to make the Jewish community, learning and our tradition part of a life well lived.
  • Purpose: Guided by Jewish values, we inspire and mobilize our community to serve those in need.

 

Strategic Plan

In August, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Board of Directors approved a draft Strategic Plan to go out for community input. The Strategic Plan proposes a shift in our organizational structure, positioning Federation as a community development foundation, taking a “needs first” approach to develop a case for giving based on community needs. The Plan also seeks to foster greater community engagement among all segments and members of the St. Louis Jewish community. As a community development organization, we are seeking feedback and input from the community on the Plan.

Click here to read the draft of our Proposed Strategic Plan

 

Who is the Jewish Federation of St. Louis?

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the Jewish community’s central philanthropic, planning and community-building organization. Founded in 1901, it is one of the region’s most respected and effective nonprofit organizations. Jewish Federation of St. Louis supports more than 90 agencies, programs and services in St. Louis and around the world to ensure a thriving Jewish community, respond to emergencies and care for our most vulnerable. Funds are raised through the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Unrestricted Annual Campaign and through Planned Giving opportunities.

What Do We Do?

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the Jewish community’s central philanthropic, planning and community-building organization. Founded in 1901, we are one of the region’s most respected and effective nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to mobilize the Jewish community and its human and financial resources to preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, in Israel and around the world.

We achieve this mission in three ways:

  1. Through the Foundation for the Jewish Community
  2. Through Direct Services
  3. Through Operations

 

Foundation for the Jewish Community

The Foundation for the Jewish Community invests in projects and organizations that advance our mission.

Five steps of a non-profit Foundation:

  1. Assess the needs of our community.
  2. Plan with community leadership to meet those needs.
  3. Raise the resources to execute those plans by inspiring donors.
  4. Invest resources in the community to implement our plans.
  5. Evaluate the impact of those investments.

 

Direct Services

For over 30 years, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis has provided Direct Services to the Jewish community. Click here to learn more about the many organizations and programs that comprise our Direct Services.

 

Operations

The third function of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis is to work as an internal provider of operational support for the first two core functions, Foundation for Jewish Philanthropy and Direct Services. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Marketing
  • Fiscal Services
  • Financial Statements
  • Facilities Management
  • Human Resources
  • Security

Number of agencies, programs and services we serve, in St. Louis and around the world

Engage Future Generations

Because everyone deserves to discover their Jewish identity in their own way.

Care for the Vulnerable

Because tikkun olam means “repairing the world” wherever there is a need.

Create a Vibrant Community

Because funding innovative programs will keep our values and traditions alive.

Develop Leaders

Because our community is only as strong as those who step forward to lead it.

Ensure a Safe Jewish World

Because Jews should be able to live – anywhere – without fear of persecution.

Strengthen Community Infrastructure

Because a stronger St. Louis leads to a brighter future for us all.

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Jewish Federation of St. Louis is a proud member of United Way and a Better Business Bureau Accredited charity.