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FOUNDATION FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

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 the Foundation for the Jewish Community. 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:

  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

Last year, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis invested over $13 million to advance these philanthropic goals. In addition to serving as a Foundation for the Jewish Community, for over 30 years, we have provided Direct Services to the community. Learn more about our Direct Services here.

 

SUPPORTING FOUNDATIONS

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.

 

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Brodsky Library

Brodsky Library

Books are just the beginning

Center for Jewish Learning

Center for Jewish Learning

We value every Jewish learner

Millstone Institute

Millstone Institute

Cultivating leaders and strengthening connections

St. Louis NORC

St. Louis NORC

Supporting the healthy aging of adults 65+

Chai’ St. Louis

Chai’ St. Louis

New to St. Louis? Welcome to our community

Challah in the Home

Challah in the Home

Pairing young adults to a home-cooked meal

Concierge for Families with Young Children

Concierge for Families with Young Children

Connecting families with Jewish resources

Inclusion Initiative

Inclusion Initiative

Supporting the meaningful inclusion of individuals with disabilities

The Internship Experience

The Internship Experience

Paid summer opportunity for college students

JFACE

JFACE

Innovation in the Jewish community starts here

Israel Center

Israel Center

Funding and resources for memorable travel to Israel

JProStl for Community Professionals

JProStl for Community Professionals

The association for professionals in the Jewish community

Local Partner Agencies

Local Partner Agencies

Strategically allocating funds to support our community

One Happy Camper

One Happy Camper

Grants to first time overnight campers

PJ Library

PJ Library

Free Jewish-themed bedtime stories

Professional Societies

Professional Societies

Professional Societies to bring individuals together

The Rubin Israel Experience

The Rubin Israel Experience

Free trip to Israel for those who have never been

Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series

Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series

Hear what our community has to say

Shalom Baby

Shalom Baby

Welcoming Jewish babies to our community. Sign up for a visit!

Teen Tzedek

Teen Tzedek

Learn the power of giving and philanthropy

Women’s Philanthropy

Women’s Philanthropy

Connects community and inspires social good

YPD

YPD

Engaging the Young Adult community