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Mission Statement and Vision

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.

Our vision is an engaged, vibrant, and flourishing St. Louis Jewish community, in which individuals live with dignity, meaning, and purpose, and a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, as part of a life well-lived. 

  • 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.

Click here to view our Strategic Plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees on December 13, 2017. 


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. 

We achieve our mission in three ways:

  1. Community Impact
  2. Community Engagement
  3. Operations


Community Impact

The Community Impact team 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.


Community Engagement

For over 30 years, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis has provided a variety of Community Engagement opportunities to the Jewish community. Click here to learn more about the many organizations and programs that comprise our Community Engagement department.



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, Community Impact and Community Engagement. 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

Core Commitments

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis focuses its work by achieving the following four Core Commitments: 

Build Community

Expand and strengthen an engaged, vibrant, and flourishing St. Louis Jewish community

Israel and the Jewish People

Strengthen our connection to Israel and the Jewish People worldwide 

Secure the Vulnerable

Secure the well-being and safety of individuals within the Jewish community

Infrastructure Development

Develop the financial and human resources, and infrastructure, needed by our community

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is a proud member of United Way, a Better Business Bureau Accredited charity, and a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator, their highest possible rating.

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