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2018 Beneficiary Agencies

Covenant Place

Covenant Place was established in 1973 to provide quality affordable housing for seniors and mobility-impaired individuals. This three building complex consists of 432 one-bedroom and studio units and a wide variety of outstanding amenities and caring programs. Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ allocation supports the social services that are not covered under the federal HUD grants, such as health and wellness education and exercise, nutrition opportunities, income tax assistance, religious worship and holiday celebration, entertainment and socialization.

Core Investment: $70,000

Esther Miller Bais Yaakov School

Esther Miller Bais Yaakov is an Orthodox high school for girls that offers a comprehensive dual program in Jewish and General Studies. A firm commitment to Torah ideals qualifies students to pursue seminary and college upon graduation. There are currently 37 students enrolled.

Core Investment is part of the Jewish Day School Pool.

H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy

The H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy is a child-centered Orthodox Jewish day school that offers quality education in both Judaic and general studies to children two years through eighth grade. There were 116 students enrolled in 2014-15, 87 of whom were in grades K-8. 

Core Investment is part of the Jewish Day School Pool.

Hillel, the Jewish Campus Center at University of Missouri

Mizzou Hillel is a place where Jewish students at Mizzou come to meet each other and get involved in Jewish life in Missouri. The agency’s goal is to create a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment; foster student growth and the balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human; advance social justice, Jewish learning and spirituality; embrace Israel and global Jewish peoplehood and create a close-knit community of people with one thing in common: being Jewish.

Core Investment: $60,000

Holocaust Museum & Learning Center

Holocaust Museum and Learning CenterThe Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (HMLC) houses a 5,000 square foot core exhibition that provides a chronological history of the Holocaust. In addition, the HMLC sponsors temporary exhibits, public lectures, a monthly-film series, teacher-training workshops and an annual Yom HaShoah community commemoration. The newest interactive exhibit, “Change Begins With Me,” uses contemporary examples of discrimination and genocide to show that the lessons of the Holocaust have not yet been learned and to encourage visitors to take action to make a difference.

Core Investment: $220,000

Jewish Community Center

The JThe J of St. Louis is a multi-generational gathering place, offering a variety of programs and services for the St. Louis Jewish community and the community at large. In addition to fitness, sports and recreation, the J offers early childhood education at two locations, adult day center, award-winning theater, book and film festivals, day camp, Camp Sabra, Jewish holiday programming, BBYO youth groups and the Nishmah program for Jewish women and girls.

Core Investment: $1,000,000


Jewish Community Relations Council

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community. Guided by Jewish values, the JCRC educates, advocates and acts to advance Jewish interests in the public arena under the umbrella of its 30 member organizations. Examples of JCRC programs and activities include the unique Student-to-Student program, the annual Muslim/Jewish Christmas Day of Service, the Community Against Poverty Coalition, the Jewish Fund for Human Needs, arts and faith initiatives, and Israel advocacy.

Core Investment: $285,000

Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Jewish Family & Children’s ServiceJF&CS provides quality social services to the Jewish and general communities, empowering people in need to meet the challenges of daily living. Jewish Federation of St. Louis unrestricted funds are primarily used to support the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, senior services, financial assistance, Jewish chaplaincy and clinical services that are not covered by public contracts and grants. JF&CS also provides sliding scale homemaker services, ElderLink information and referral and outreach, child abuse prevention workshops and school-based counseling.

Core Investment: $330,000

MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries, Inc.

MERS GoodwillMERS/Goodwill provides employment assistance from 19 locations in the bi-state region. Services include vocational evaluation, counseling, job training, placement services, job coaching and follow-up, along with child day care in downtown St. Louis and a halfway house for female parolees.  Jewish Federation of St. Louis allocation supports the Careers in Transition program, which offers employment services to unemployed and underemployed members of the Jewish community.

Core Investment: $21,000

Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library

The Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library is the lending library for the Jewish community, with more than 23,000 books, CDs and videos. The library also offers extensive activities for children including storytelling, Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach parent/child music program, and book clubs. Programming for adults includes films, book talks and author events. The Library also hosts the Jewish Community Archives. Founded in 1989, the Archives acquires, preserves and makes available to the public materials on Jewish life in St. Louis, from the early 19th century to the present day.

Core Investment: $29,000

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School

The Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School is a pluralistic Jewish independent school offering academic excellence, meaningful Jewish learning and social responsibility for grades K-8. There were 171 students enrolled in 2015-16.

Core Investment is part of the Jewish Day School Pool.

St. Louis Jewish Light

The St. Louis Jewish Light has been the community newspaper for the St. Louis Jewish community for the past 50 years, covering local, national and international news. The Light has recently expanded into quarterly magazines, a website with numerous mobile platforms, and several business events. The website receives more than 44,000 monthly visitors. Ohr Chadash, (“New Light”) is a monthly insert in the Light, written and designed by teens for teens.

Core Investment: $77,000.

Torah Prep School

Torah Prep School is an Orthodox day school that offers a comprehensive curriculum of both traditional Jewish studies and general studies to children two years old to 8th grade. There were 249 students enrolled in 2014-15, 192 of whom were in grades K-8.

Core Investment is part of the Jewish Day School Pool.

WashU Hillel

Hillel at Washington University in St. LouisHillel provides numerous student-run programs that enrich the lives of Jewish students. Shabbat and holiday programs bring students together at Hillel, and also facilitate celebrations with their friends in their own dorm rooms or apartments. Hillel also provides social justice, Israel travel, leadership training, social, educational and cultural opportunities. The innovative annual Sukkah City, a partnership with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, is a cutting-edge art and design competition to re-imagine the sukkah.

Core Investment: $107,000

Yeshivat Kadimah High School

Yeshivat Kadimah High School is an Orthodox Yeshiva college-prep high school that utilizes modern technologies and educational tools, such as differentiated and blended learning, enriched by real-world experiences outside the classroom, in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere that fosters individual development, along with a life-long love of learning. There are currently 27 students enrolled.

Core Investment is part of the Jewish Day School Pool.