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Kranzberg Family Foundation

Kranzberg Family Foundation

The Kranzberg Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, was established in 2007 through a generous commitment from Ken Kranzberg. The Foundation’s purpose is to provide funds to benefit the Jewish community of St. Louis, specifically focused on the outreach to and engagement of the “Next Generation.”

In concert with the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Strategic Priorities to ensure engagement of future generations and creation of a vibrant, embracing, local Jewish community that will help retain and be attractive to young adults and families with young children, the Kranzberg Family Foundation remains committed to our mission to fund innovative and experiential programs that work toward these priorities. In addition, the Foundation remains receptive to receiving grant applications for core funding from organizations that specifically target the Next Generation. The Foundation also strongly encourages collaboration between community agencies and organizations.

Applications for the 2017 Kranzberg Family Foundation Grants are now closed.

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You will be directed to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ new online grant management system, Spectrum Granted Edge. You will need to create an account in order to apply for a grant from the Kranzberg Family Foundation, even if you previously had an account through the prior grant management system. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or problems with the application process, please contact Susan Scribner at or Terri Sever at

Funding guidelines for the Foundation:

  • We prefer to fund ongoing vs. one-time programs.
  • We prefer to fund programs with significant outreach potential.
  • We prefer to fund programs where we are not the sole funder.
  • For congregations, we prefer to fund programs that find ways to transcend the walls of the congregation.
  • We do not fund requests for subsidies for travel or conference stipends.
  • We do not fund requests for capital improvements.

2016 Kranzberg Grant Recipients

Bais Abraham Congregation – to continue Mishkan, a mobile, dynamic and engaging program that will connect young adults in their 20s and 30s to one another, to the broader Jewish community, and to their Jewish roots.
Covenant Place – to continue the Tablet Tutor program by building a computer tablet lab at Covenant House for the purpose of engaging young people, bar/bat mitzvah through high school age, with a hands-on opportunity to engage with and teach older adults within the Jewish community.
Hillel, Mizzou – to revitalize Tikkun Olam and Jewish Learning (Limud) programming offered to undergraduate and graduate students at Mizzou Hillel.
Jewish Student Union– to support an ongoing program that engages teens in exploring Jewish values and ethics through contemporary media, including television shows, music, movies, etc. This connection will then be used to inspire the teens to become more involved in Jewish infrastructure, such as youth groups.
Maryville University – to help the University’s Jewish Initiative work to engage Maryville with the overall St. Louis Jewish community, explore ways to engage students in Jewish activities and encourage the creation of bonds between Jewish students, Jewish faculty and staff.
Next Dor – to help this post-denominational, non-institutional, urban Jewish community space for young adults in St. Louis continue to be a welcoming open space to connect.
Nishmah – to continue the Banot Buddies program, which engages girls 8 to 12 years old and teenage girls in programming that encompasses Jewish values and fosters leadership building, mentoring and relationship building.
PJ Library – to continue this program for children ages 6 months through 7 years, wich helps deepen Jewish family relationships and connections to the Jewish community by giving children free Jewish-themed books and CDs.
Q Jews (new for 2015) – to provide social and educational events, along with advertising to promote Q Jews events in the St. Louis Jewish Community and the St. Louis community for LGBT Jews and allies.
St. Louis Jewish Light – to continue the teen initiative, “Ohr Chadash: Teen News by Teen Jews,” a monthly section in the Jewish Light and an ongoing online feature that is produced by a staff of 13- to 19-year-olds. It provides news, features, opinions and analysis of interest to teens in the Jewish community.
Torah and Turf – to continue this unique program, run by St. Louis Kollel, which combines scriptural study and flag football. Teams participate in Torah study first, then take to the field for friendly competition.
Yeshivat Kadimah High School (new for 2015) – to support this Jewish high school, started in July of 2013 by a group of parents and community members who believe that in order for St. Louis to have a vibrant Jewish community, St. Louis must have a financially viable and high quality Jewish high school. The school offers a full high school curriculum.