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What We Fund

Community Investments

Each year, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis works with our volunteer and professional community leadership to assess the needs of our community and establish strategic plans to sustain our vibrant Jewish ecosystem. Through our partnerships with thousands of donors, we then raise funds to meet those needs. Our volunteers then lead a community investment process to get those funds working to fulfill our mission through agencies, congregations, organizations, and programs. Our team then evaluates those investments based on the impact they are having here in St. Louis, in Israel and wherever there is a need. This community impact and philanthropy work has been done since our inception in 1901 and remains the core of our work.


Check out our 2022 Community Investments here.
Check out our 2021 Community Investments here.
Check out our 2020 Community Investments here.
Check out our 2019 Community Investments here.


Letter of Intent

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is proud to share that we have initiated a Letter of Intent (LOI) process to assist our communal institutions in the Community Investment process. Federation is looking to invest in projects, programs, and initiatives that will strengthen our Jewish community by addressing Federation’s priority areas. To learn more about our LOIs and to submit one, please click here.

Community Investment Opportunities

We have many funding opportunities available to nonprofit organizations and types of support available to individual community members.

Learn more about our Community Investment Opportunities.

Total Community Investments Chart

Sources of Funding


Investment & Evaluation Subcommittee

Investment & Evaluation Subcommittee Chair: Emily Stein MacDonald
Investment & Evaluation Subcommittee Members: Adam Rosenberg, Blair Kweskin, Elizabeth Lieberman, Jim Deutsch, Karen Smoller, Monique Parasram Levy, Sabrina Gornish, Steve Gallant, Sue Schlichter, William Rubenstein

Assessment & Planning Subcommittee

Community Impact Vice Chair: Burt Garland
Assessment & Planning Subcommittee Chair: Dalia Oppenheimer
Assessment & Planning Subcommittee Members:  Erica Buchalter, Laura Chaise, Anna Shabsin, Ian Silberman, Tim Stern, Les Sterman, Rob Wasserman, Melanie Winograd

Israel & Overseas Subcommittee

Israel & Overseas Subcommittee Chair: Shira Berkowitz
Israel & Overseas Subcommittee Members: Benjamin Singer, Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, Daniel Fischer, Elliott Kleiman, Etai Goldenberg, Francine Balk, Jennifer Wolkowitz, Julia Mendelow, Lisa Greening, Lisa Graivier Barnes, Sherri Frank Weintrop, Susan Matlof


Karen Sher, Vice President, Community Impact Lori Kabrun-Berry, Director, Foundations Brandon Rosen, Community Impact Resource Assistant & Foundations Administrator Brian Herstig, President & CEO

Jewish Federation of St. Louis Communications Team

Amanda Miller, Vice President, Communications Elissa Huck, Manager, Digital Marketing Penny Taylor, Creative Manager

2023 Community Study Task Force

Greg Yawitz Bob Newmark Craig Rosenthal Burt Garland Susan Goldberg Craig Rosenthal John Greenberg, CSTF Co-Chair Toby Warticovschi Les Sterman Dalia Oppenheimer, CSTF Co-Chair Laura Chaise Ian Silberman Anna Shabsin Melanie Winograd Rob Wasserman Tim Stern

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