2023 Community Impact Highlights

As one, we bring our community together to extend a helping hand to those in need.

As one, we’re guided as a source of strength and resilience to create impact in our community. Our Core Commitments help lead us. To download the full 2023 Community Impact Report click here.

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

Secure the well-being and safety of individuals within the St. Louis Jewish community
Strengthen our connection to Israel and the Jewish people worldwide
Develop the financial and human resources and infrastructure needed by our community

$9.5 Million invested into Jewish communities in St. Louis, Israel and around the world in 2023

$7.4 Million

in community impact investments

$1.68 Million

in supporting foundations


in endowments and other grants


We invested more than $400,000 in teen engagement in the 2023 funding cycle. We saw impressive increases in teens’ knowledge of Jewish values, pride in their Jewish identity and the number of new friendships formed.

Jewish Federation provides resources to a local cohort of teenagers, the next generation of Jewish philanthropists, through the national Honeycomb initiative. The 15 teenagers in the pilot philanthropy project Honeycomb STL helped fundraise over $3,000 in 2023.


of participants reported increased knowledge of Jewish values


of teenagers reported increased pride in their Jewish identity


of teenage participants made new friends through these programs


“Honeycomb has had a huge impact on my Jewish identity by allowing me to better understand the importance of tzedakah and helping others.” — Sari Gross, program participant



We served 20,385 older adults in 2023. The Jewish Federation serves older adults through JFS, The J, Covenant Place and Crown Center. Over 2/3 of older adults in these programs report living independently for longer than the national average.


of older adults reported maintaining or increasing capacity for independent living


of surveyed older adults reported the nutrition program improved their social interaction


of surveyed meal program participants report reduced feelings of isolation


Many participants were grateful to receive affordable kosher meals and, as one 96-year-old participant shared, “I just don’t have the energy to do the shopping and prepare a whole meal anymore. This (the meal program) is a lifesaver for me.” — Covenant meal program participant


Safety and Security

The critical work of the Federation Community Security Program extends into more than 10 cities beyond the St. Louis Metropolitan area and encompasses five broad areas of focus.


  • Projects/Assessment – Entity and Event
  • Communications/Mass Notification
  • Investigation/Intelligence
  • Training
  • Millstone Campus Patrol/Community Security Officers

secured in FEMA NSGP grants for 2023

security funding obtained through the Department of Education

investigative files opened to assess security measures needed


“Scott’s the real deal. He makes it a point to reach out to law enforcement so they know him, not just locally but on the state and federal level, too. He is a true professional. His integrity is sound.” — Rick Knox, Retired Olivette police chief and board member of the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum


Connection to Israel

During the 22-23 school year, Jewish Federation and local partners held 57 programs focused on Israel education and engagement. Our priority organizations included: Washington University Hillel, the J, Chabad on Campus, JSU, JCRC and Mizzou Hillel.

individuals engaged in Israel programming

people met with Shlichim/Shinshinim


of participants increased knowledge of Israel


“This was an experience like no other. Israel came to us and now we feel a part our heart will always be in Israel.” — Wallace family, host of Shinshin Alma

“We opened our house and our hearts to another son. He will forever be a part of our family.” — Fischer family, host of Shinshin Guy


Youth Futures, a program of JAFI, supports vulnerable families and children from Israel’s disadvantaged populations. Through Youth Futures’ high-impact, community-based interventions, these children can reach their full potential

230+ children in the Yokneam-Megiddo partnership region participated in Youth Futures in 2023

86 percent of Youth Futures participants showed an improvement in coping, confidence and independence and 80% showed improvement in the educational realm

From Recipients to Contributors: The Inspiring Journey of Yokneam’s Ethiopian Young Leaders

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has been supporting the Ethiopian community in Yokneam for many years as part of their mission to assist vulnerable communities in Israel and improve social welfare. A Young Leadership group of the Ethiopian community in Yokneam was established in 2023. This group assisted in preparing shelters where Ethiopians in need reside, collecting food and providing essential support. This group exemplifies the new narrative in the region, transitioning from beneficiaries to contributors who positively influence needy communities.


We work to attract and retain high-quality staff and engage in lay leadership development to strengthen our community and our work. One of our initiatives is called ElevatEd a program to recruit and retain high-quality early childhood educators. In 2023, Jewish Federation committed to this pioneering program, designed to test bold solutions for the urgent crisis around the recruitment and retention of early childhood educators. ElevatEd will give our schools the opportunity to cultivate a staff that is highly motivated and highly skilled and thus, impacting the education and wellness of our children today and for years to come.

“The ability to recruit, mentor and retain high quality teachers is essential to our survival. It is really that important. And creating an environment where teachers are seen as professionals and provided the tools and training to grow.” — Jody Rubin, Director, Curriculum & Learning, The JECC


Levy Fellows is part of the Millstone Leadership Initiative, made possible by the support of Mont & Karen Levy and the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.


  • Levy Fellows helps to prepare a cohort of board members to advance their leadership roles in Jewish organizations
  • In 2023, the second cohort included 19 board members representing 12 local Jewish organizations, and a third cohort launches in fall 2024

Israel Emergency Campaign

Our community rallied and raised over $4.3 million. Immediately following the horrific attacks on Israel, Jewish Federation mobilized immediately. Over the course of 30 days, we raised more dollars than any other supplemental campaign in the more than 120 years of the organization’s history. To learn more about the Jewish Federations of North America’s Israel Allocations, click here


Mishmar HaEmeck, a kibbutz in the Partnership2Gether region, took in over 500 evacuees from Nahal Oz, a kibbutz in the Western Negev that was evacuated during the attacks

Jewish Federation distributed over 7,700 blue ribbons locally and nationally to show support and solidarity with hostages and their families


On October 7, 2023, Israel was attacked by Hamas. Jewish Federation mobilized immediately. Here are some key actions our community took in response to the attack.

10/7/23 – Scott Biondo and his security team visited all local Shabbat observant communities to inform them about the attacks
10/11/23 – 2500+ from the St. Louis Jewish community came together for the Solidarity Gathering at The J
10/26/23 – L’Chaim! event featuring Noa Tishby and Lizzy Savetsky raised money for the Israel emergency campaign
11/1/23 – 15 billboards were put up around the St. Louis area to spread awareness about the hostages
11/3/23 – The Empty Shabbat Table public installation brought attention to the hostages being held in Gaza
11/7/23 – The St. Louis community gathered for a sheloshim vigil at B’nai Amoona to pray for hostages and to honor lost loved ones
11/14/23 – 300+ St. Louis community members joined hundreds of thousand at the March for Israel in Washington, DC
11/19/23 – Hundreds attended a rally and march through St. Charles in support of Israel
11/30/23 – Funds were raised to purchase gift cards for the children from the Kibbutz Nahal Oz for Hanukkah
12/10/23 – Over 650 community members attended the STL March for Israel on Delmar

2023 Community Investments

As one, we support our Jewish community to preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, in Israel and around the world.

Our Community Partners’ work is alignment with our Core Commitments and towards outcomes in our priority areas. We are proud of the work they do and their ability to make a difference in our community. To see a full list of our investments in each of our Community Partners, download our 2023 Impact Report.