Since 1901, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis has been pursuing its mission to “preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, Israel and around the globe.” Created to meet the needs of new immigrants from Eastern Europe by “federating” our social service fundraising efforts, our organization has transformed to address the changing needs of the Jewish people. Today, we are here to ensure that every individual can live their life with dignity, meaning and purpose.
- Dignity: Ensuring that the most vulnerable have a place to live, food to eat and clothes to protect them.
- Meaning: Providing points of access to anyone who wishes to make the Jewish community part of a life well lived.
- Purpose: Guided by Jewish values, inspiring service to anyone in need.
Jewish Federation of St. Louis does this in two ways. The first is through our Community Impact team. By investing in projects and organizations that advance our mission of ensuring dignity, meaning and purpose for everyone, we are a leading agent for philanthropy in the St. Louis Jewish community. Like any other non-profit foundation, this involves five key steps:
- Assess the needs of our community
- Plan with community leadership to meet those needs
- Raise the resources to execute those plans by inspiring donors
- Invest resources in the community to implement our plans
- Evaluate the impact of those investments
Last year, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis invested over $13 million to advance these philanthropic goals. In addition, for over 30 years we have provided direct services to the community. Learn more about our Community Engagement department here.
There are currently four Supporting Foundations at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Each Supporting Foundation through the Jewish Federation of St. Louis has its own mission and vision to provide funding to key areas of interest. They are set up by philanthropic individuals, families or groups who have a passion for a specific area of the Jewish community. These Foundations provide a unique opportunity for funding in a number of specialized areas. Learn more about each of our Supporting Foundations here.
Preserving the legacy of the Holocaust and promoting justice
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Cultivating leaders and strengthening connections
Supporting the healthy aging of adults 60+
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Supporting the meaningful inclusion of individuals with disabilities
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Funding and resources for memorable travel to Israel
The association for professionals in the Jewish community
Strategically allocating funds to support our community
Grants to first time overnight campers
Free Jewish-themed bedtime stories
The Professional Society connects individuals based on industry
Free trip to Israel for those who have never been
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Education and connection through Israeli cultural ambassadors
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Engaging the Young Adult community