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Women’s Auxiliary Foundation

Women’s Auxiliary Foundation

Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, was established in 2014 through a generous commitment from the Women’s Auxiliary for the Jewish Aged. The Foundation is focused on providing financial support to St. Louis area 501(c)(3) organizations through grants and challenge grants for programs that ensure the dignity and honor of the Jewish elderly in the St. Louis community.

In concert with one of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ core commitments to “secure the well-being and safety of individuals within the Jewish community” and its high strategic priority of serving “elderly Jews at risk,” the Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged is committed to our mission to fund organizations and programs that work toward this priority.

Guidelines for the Women’s Auxiliary Foundation

In light of the increased needs facing older adults as a result of the pandemic, the Board has approved new guidelines for 2022. We want and encourage creativity and ask that your request has a mission and priority of Jewish elderly in the community at large.

2022 Funding Guidelines:
Proposals must address one of the following two areas identified in the needs assessments conducted by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis:

  • Efforts to support the mental health & well-being of older adults.

Desired Outcomes:
Theme 1: Strengthen Jewish community connection to support mental and emotional resilience.

  • Jewish community members can easily find opportunities to meaningfully participate in Jewish community.
  • Jewish community members increase their socialization and engagement in community.
  • Jewish community members increase feelings of connection to the Jewish community.

Theme 2: Improve Jewish community capacity to respond to mental health challenges.

  • Jewish community members experience increased mental and emotional well-being.
  • Barriers to accessing mental health services are reduced.
  • Enhanced Jewish community members’/leaders’ abilities to recognize and respond to mental health needs.
  • Communication to the Jewish community consistently normalizes mental healthcare and provide authentic messages and skills that support mental and emotional well-being.


  • Efforts to reduce feelings of isolation among older adults through the use of technology.

Desired Outcomes:

  • A greater number of Jewish older adults use technology
  • Jewish older adults increase their overall usage of technology
  • Use of technology decreases feelings of isolation among Jewish older adults


Please consult the following needs assessments for further information:

Applications will be accepted from a professional employed by a St. Louis non-profit working in collaboration with organizations in the Jewish community. Applicants for new investments are limited to requests of up to $15,000. It should be noted that smaller grants will be considered as well. Collaboration across organizations is encouraged.

Please note that grant applications are due on May 23, 2022 by no later than 11:59 pm (no exceptions). Please complete the application named 2022 Women’s Auxiliary Fdn for Jewish AgedPlease be sure to apply for the application that exactly matches this name.

Once applications are submitted, we may contact you with questions or request additional information. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Kabrun-Berry at 636-579-9905 or

Click here to enter the Spectrum Portal

The link above will direct you 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 Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged, 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 Lori Kabrun-Berry at


Pictured: Joan Denison, Ellen Bern, Betty Tecklin, Susie Harris and Nancy Green


2020 Grants

  • Covenant Place
  • Covenant Place, Tech Tutor Program Collaborative
  • COVID-19  Response Fund
  • Crown Center for Senior Living


2019 Grants

  • B’nai Amoona Congregation
  • The Collaborative (Congregation Shaare Emeth, Temple Emanuel, Temple Israel, and United Hebrew Congregation)
  • St. Louis Symphony
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Jewish Community Center-STL
  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis – NORC
  • Covenant Place Foundation
  • Crown Center for Senior Living


2018 Grants

  • Congregation Shaare Emeth, Congregation Temple Israel and United Hebrew Congregation: Schmooze Without Tsuris
  • Congregation Temple Israel: New Hearing Devices
  • Covenant Place Foundation: Covenant Place Enhanced Supportive Services
  • Crown Center for Senior Living: General Support
  • Jewish Community Center: Adult Day Center at the J – Recreation Therapy Services
  • Jewish Community Center/ADPA: Parkinson’s Project
  • St. Louis NORC: “Dancing Under the Stars”
  • National Council of Jewish Women: Jean Stein Bloch Wife Widow Woman


2017 Grants

  • Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter
  • Congregation Shaare Emeth, Temple Israel and United Hebrew Congregation
  • Covenant Place Foundation
  • Crown Center for Senior Living
  • Jewish Community Center
  • St. Louis NORC


2016 Grants

  • Covenant Place: Covenant Place Redevelopment Project- Phase II Community Senior Resource & Service Center
  • Crown Center for Senior Living: Kosher Food Project
  • Jewish Community Center: Home Delivered Meals for Seniors
  • National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis Section: Wife Widow Woman Support Group
  • St. Louis NORC: “Dancing Under the Stars”

For more information, contact Lori Kabrun-Berry at or 314-442-3828.