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Strategic program grants support programs and services to engage both families with young children and young adults, support Jewish learning, educate and advocate for a strong Israel and safe Jewish world, and provide a safety net for vulnerable Jews. This page highlights over 70 programs and organizations that received strategic program grants in 2016 and 2017. To learn more about the Planning & Allocations process and additional allocations, click here.

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$2.84 million in Restricted Strategic Program Grants

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis
Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel
Israel and Overseas Initiatives
Supporting Local Individuals in Need
A Business of One’s Own

A Business of One’s Own

Israel and Overseas Initiatives business economic empowerment women job training israel own one's
Economic Empowerment for Women
$15,000

Economic Empowerment for Women (EEW) is dedicated to improving women’s lives through economic empowerment.

Adult Day Center Scholarships

Adult Day Center Scholarships

Supporting Local Individuals in Need adult day center scholarships jewish community center seniors elderly scholarship low-income financial assistance support Alzheimer’s JCC The J
Jewish Community Center
$18,400

This grant provides scholarships to low-income Jewish participants of Adult Day Center to help them maintain cognitive function and reduce caregiver stress.

Arts & Soul

Arts & Soul

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis arts soul project art culture young adults Jewish identity engagement spiritual wellness theater community center JCC The J
Jewish Community Center
$28,000

The Jewish Arts & Soul Project features Jewish-themed art, spiritual, health and wellness workshops for women and men in their 20s through 50s, located in creative spaces throughout St. Louis.

Ashreinu

Ashreinu

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis ashreinu young adults religious spiritual experience st. louis shabbat city jewish engagement identity
Ashreinu
$15,000

Ashreinu’s mission is to create a Jewish spiritual community that gathers meaningful experiences of prayer, learning and ritual.

Bat Melech – Safe Home for Domestic Violence Survivors

Bat Melech – Safe Home for Domestic Violence Survivors

Israel and Overseas Initiatives safe home for domestic violence survivors bat melech israel women shelter support services abuse girls orthodox
Bat Melech
$8,000

A safe home and rehabilitation program in the Jerusalem area for women and children escaping domestic violence.

Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel

Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel birthright israel travel young adults trip
Birthright Israel
$78,297

The funding is for St. Louis’ contribution to the national pool, which sends teens and young adults on free trips to Israel each year.

Camp Ora

Camp Ora

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis camp kids jewish engagement identity financial assistance scholarship ora summer underprivileged
Camp Ora
$10,000

This grant provides scholarship to 22 underprivileged Jewish children so that they have the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled and productive Jewish summer camp experience.

Career Navigator

Career Navigator

Supporting Local Individuals in Need Employment job MERS/Goodwill career navigator jobs training resume interview
MERS/Goodwill
$67,955

The Career Navigator provides a wide range of employment services to members of the Jewish community, including career counseling, interview skills training, resume assistance, job search coaching, referrals to appropriate community resources, job development and job retention assistance.

Case Management for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Case Management for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Supporting Local Individuals in Need Case management mental health illness JF&CS Jewish Family & Children’s Service life skills
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$77,500

A full-time case manager will provide outreach and service linkage to Jews with serious mental illness, with a special focus on teens and young adults.

Center for Women’s Justice

Center for Women’s Justice

Israel and Overseas Initiatives women israel justice legal advocacy woman civil status
Center for Women’s Justice
$10,000

The Center for Women’s Justice is a legal advocacy organization that leads in bringing about social change that improves the status of Jewish women in Israel through challenging the control of the rabbinate over personal status issues in Israel through challenges through the civil courts.

Chaplaincy Program

Chaplaincy Program

Supporting Local Individuals in Need chaplaincy program jewish family children's service jews need seniors elderly spiritual support chaplain services spirituality JF&CS
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$94,670

This grant expands Chaplaincy program to new settings including unaffiliated Jews who are hospitalized; adults receiving end of life hospice care; adults with disabilities living in group homes or other out-of-home settings; homebound, frail and isolated older adults; and existing JF&CS clients who seek spiritual support in times of individual crisis.

Concierge for Families with Young Children

Concierge for Families with Young Children

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis concierge families young children jewish federation st. louis family child kid youth welcome networking engagement
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$41,300

The Concierge provides personalized services through face-to-face visits, emails, community events and social media, to link families with Jewish resources that meet their needs in St. Louis.

Counseling for Orthodox Community

Counseling for Orthodox Community

Supporting Local Individuals in Need counseling orthodox community jewish family service jews need support counsel mental health jf&cs therapist
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$49,071

Outreach and counseling targeted to the Orthodox community and provided by a culturally competent therapist who is sensitive to the beliefs, values and needs of members of the Orthodox Community.

Cracking the Glass Ceiling

Cracking the Glass Ceiling

Israel and Overseas Initiatives cracking glass ceiling alliance israelite universelle israel steam stem science school teens youth young girls underprivileged gender empowerment
Alliance Israelite Universelle
$20,000

This program targets young girls from underprivileged areas of Israel who did not have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Crossroads – Drop-In Center for At-Risk Teens

Crossroads – Drop-In Center for At-Risk Teens

Israel and Overseas Initiatives drop-in center at-risk teens crossroads israel youth addiction homelessness support social services drugs alcohol counseling safe help
Crossroads
$12,000

Crossroads offers critically-needed programs and social services for at-risk English-speaking youth in Israel that are homeless and struggling with drug addiction.

Discovering Israel through STEAM Careers (DISC)

Discovering Israel through STEAM Careers (DISC)

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis kids children young preschool israel education STEAM jewish identity school learning disc rozzy
Rozzy Learning Company
$4,500

DISC is a supplemental program for Jewish schools (preschool and congregational religious schools) that introduces young kids to modern day Israel through play-based experience learning.

ElderLink Outreach

ElderLink Outreach

Supporting Local Individuals in Need elderlink outreach jewish family service elderly seniors jews need support jf&cs isolated old
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$56,320

Provides home assessments and service linkages for isolated elderly individuals who need additional assistance. It also provides community training workshops on identifying vulnerable seniors who need help.

Elderly Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Elderly Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Israel and Overseas Initiatives elderly jews fsu joint distribution committee jdc former soviet union seniors welfare in need support services
Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
$57,000

This grant supports JDC’s welfare assistance program that targets the thousands of Jewish elderly in the former Soviet Union who live below minimum subsistence levels.

Elifelet Day Care and Learning Center for African Refugee Children

Elifelet Day Care and Learning Center for African Refugee Children

Israel and Overseas Initiatives hartman elifelet day care learning center african refugee children shalom institute israel preschool school learning
Shalom Hartman Institute
$10,000

The Hartman-Elifelet Day Care and Learning Center offers a warm, nurturing environment and education, treatment, and enrichment for African refugee children who are otherwise deprived of their most basic needs until their parents return from work.

Enhancing and Supporting Jewish Early Childhood Programs

Enhancing and Supporting Jewish Early Childhood Programs

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis Preschool Jewish early childhood kids children young families education school learning JTS
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$30,000

This grant supports a collaborative effort with The Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS to gain greater understanding of the successes, concerns, future hopes, and the current status of Jewish early childhood education in our community.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Supporting Local Individuals in Need financial assistance jewish family service support jews in need money debt low-income jf&cs
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$27,968

The Financial Assistance program provides financial support, resources, advocacy, case management and monitoring to clients who are experiencing financial hardship.

Gilor-Megiddo Elderly Services

Gilor-Megiddo Elderly Services

Israel and Overseas Initiatives gilor-megiddo elderly megiddo regional council israel seniors support services
Megiddo Regional Council
$10,000

This grant provides visits to homebound elderly, home repairs, an emergency call center, a wide variety of physical and intellectual activities and programs and congregate meals.

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand

Israel and Overseas Initiatives hand in hand israel co-existence school children education learning
Hand in Hand
$12,000

Hand in Hand brings together thousands of Jews and Arabs in six schools and communities throughout Israel.

Haredi Job Placement

Haredi Job Placement

Israel and Overseas Initiatives haredi job placement jerusalem college technology israel training work training orthodox classes
Jerusalem College of Technology
$10,000

The Jerusalem College of Technology is an Orthodox institution that provides a comprehensive program of religious classes together with a rigorous academic program. This grant supports their efforts to assist members of the Haredi community with job training and placement.

Helping the Helpers

Helping the Helpers

Israel and Overseas Initiatives helping helpers israel trauma coalition (itc) training therapy
Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC)
$10,000

The Coalition Center works with 40 NGO’s and 12 Government Ministries. ITC provides direct care, team training and support to local residents and 45% of its budget goes to providing therapy.

Hillel Engagement Staff

Hillel Engagement Staff

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis student engagement initiative hillel at washington university in st. louis college jewish identity young adult washu
Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
$50,000

This grant supports the expansion of staff at WashU Hillel to include a Director of Programming and Engagement position, which created capacity to launch the BEAR Fellowship, a peer-to-peer engagement internship.

Homemaker Services

Homemaker Services

Supporting Local Individuals in Need homemaker services covenant place jewish family service seniors elderly jews need support home care in-home jf&cs clean
Jewish Family & Children’s Service/Covenant Place
$22,563

The Homemaker programs provide light housekeeping and other non-medical support services to help seniors remain living independently.

Inclusion Coordinator

Inclusion Coordinator

Supporting Local Individuals in Need inclusion coordinator jewish federation st. louis support services inclusive disability disabilities
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$7,900

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis/ Concierge for Families with Young Children is also available to help Jews with disabilities and their family members connect with appropriate resources so that they can fully participate in Jewish life.

Inclusion Mini-Grants

Inclusion Mini-Grants

Supporting Local Individuals in Need inclusion mini-grants agencies congregations inclusive congregation disabilities
Agencies and Congregations
$50,000

This allocation established a fund of $50,000 for agencies and congregations to apply for mini-grants of up to $5,000 to make their organizations more accessible or inclusive to individuals with disabilities by improving building accessibility, purchasing technology, training staff and providing supportive services.

Internship Experience for Future Community Leaders

Internship Experience for Future Community Leaders

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis internship experience for future community leaders jewish federation of st. louis college students leadership development intern train job networking young adults
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$33,000

This nine-week paid summer opportunity provides meaningful employment at a local business or non-profit organization, a community mentor, and opportunities to engage with the local Jewish community as part of a special cohort.

Israel Bound

Israel Bound

Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel israel bound jewish federation of st. louis teens youth travel trip mission attachment education connection
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$8,000

Israel Bound is a three week summer Israel experience for St. Louis teens in 10th – 12th grade. The group travels throughout the country exploring Israel’s rich history, culture and natural beauty.

Israel Center

Israel Center

Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel israel center jewish federation of st. louis travel trip mission attachment connection information
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$206,300

The Israel Center provides funding stipends for Israel travel and a full range of services including Israel trip marketing and consultation for teens, families, individuals, and groups to ensure that those visiting have an impactful experience.

Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMRJ)

Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMRJ)

Israel and Overseas Initiatives yokneam megiddo community initiative israel movement for reform and progressive judaism imrj
Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMRJ)
$20,000

This grant assists IMRJ to maintain a new Progressive presence in the Megiddo-Yokneam region.

ITIM – Advocacy Center

ITIM – Advocacy Center

Israel and Overseas Initiatives center itim israel jewish life advocacy civil law
ITIM
$20,000

This grant supports the work of the organization to address the problems that individual Israelis and foreigners encounter in navigating and overcoming barriers presented by civil and religious laws, regulations and ad hoc practices pertaining to Jewish life cycle and status issues in Israel.

Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance

Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance

Israel and Overseas Initiatives Jerusalem Open House Pride Tolerance lgbtq orthodox israel equal homophobia school
Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance
$10,000

The allocation supports an educational program around homophobia for students and educators from 8th – 12th grades within the secular and modern Orthodox public school system in Jerusalem.

Jewish Early Childhood Market Feasibility Study

Jewish Early Childhood Market Feasibility Study

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis preschool Jewish early childhood kids children young kids families Market Feasibility Study
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$30,000

This grant supports a market feasibility study to understand the potential needs of the Jewish community for additional Jewish early programs.

Jewish Early Childhood Support

Jewish Early Childhood Support

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis Jewish Early Childhood Directors Council families preschool young kids children special needs support services DIAL
Jewish Early Childhood Directors Council
$30,000

This collaborative grant provides professional training for early childhood program staff on the DIAL 4 Assessment, and allowed the Directors Council to purchase DIAL 4 Assessment kits for the community.

Jewish Neighborhood Center

Jewish Neighborhood Center

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis Young adults city engagement Jewish identity community building jnc neighborhood
Jewish Neighborhood Center
$30,000

The Jewish Neighborhood Center (JNC) will create an urban home base that supports Jewish engagement and cultivates feelings of belonging for Jews in and around South City neighborhoods and beyond.

Jewish Student Union (JSU)

Jewish Student Union (JSU)

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis jewish student union (jsu) teens youth identity engagement after school
Jewish Student Union (JSU)
$38,500

JSU facilitates club meetings in high schools, which include speakers, discussions on topics of interest to the teens, and interactive activities.

JGrads

JGrads

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis jgrads chabad on campus graduate students jewish identity engagement young adults shabbat networking
Chabad on Campus
$45,548

JGrads builds community among Jewish graduate students to all area graduate schools and programs, which aims to keep Jewish graduate students in St. Louis after completion of their program.

Mizzou Hillel

Mizzou Hillel

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis israeli jewish identity engagement hillel-university of missouri college students engagement mizzou israel attachment young adults
Hillel-University of Missouri
$20,000

This grant supports Israel and Jewish identity engagement at the Mizzou Hillel.

Multi-Year Program

Multi-Year Program

Israel and Overseas Initiatives yokneam megiddo project jafi regional council municipality israel jews in need families children youth teens
Megiddo Regional Council/Yokneam Municipality/JAFI
$286,671

For the past eleven years, the Jewish Federations of Greater Atlanta and St. Louis have supported a multi-year project in Yokneam and Megiddo to serve families in distress with children and youth in need.

Nutrition Program

Nutrition Program

Israel and Overseas Initiatives nutrition program muzot school arts israel nutrition food meals at-risk theater security teens youth
Muzot - High School of the Arts
$20,000

The school serves at-risk students helping them to obtain their matriculation, while developing their artistic abilities and potential and providing basic life skills and psychological support.

One Happy Camper

One Happy Camper

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis one happy camper (ohc) jewish federation of st. louis camp summer children identity engagement kids fun overnight
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$94,450

Through the Foundation for Jewish Camp, funding is distributed to the community as $1,000 grants to first time overnight campers in our Jewish camps.

Partnership2Gether Living Bridge Program

Partnership2Gether Living Bridge Program

Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel yokneam megiddo partnership2gether jewish agency for israel (jafi) israel connection peoplehood attachment living bridge
Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
$46,400

This program works to connect Israelis and St. Louis Jews in significant ways that foster understanding, education and meaningful friendships, allowing us to expand our understanding of Peoplehood.

PJ Library

PJ Library

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis pj library jewish federation of st. louis children families books identity child reading read kids young engagement identity
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$80,000

PJ Library and PJ Our Way are family and community engagement programs. Each child enrolled in the program receives a free, high quality, Jewish book or music each month.

Q School – Interfaith Model United Youth Program

Q School – Interfaith Model United Youth Program

Israel and Overseas Initiatives interfaith model united youth program q school israel arab co-existence
Q School
$15,000

Situated in the Arab-Israeli town of Tira, the school is the first of its kind in the Arab sector of Israel. This grant supports their participation in a model UN program for Jewish and Arab children, ages 16-18 from the adjacent communities.

Rabbinic Chesed Fund

Rabbinic Chesed Fund

Supporting Local Individuals in Need chesed fund community congregations financial support jews in need rabbis synagogue low-income aid
Congregations
$42,000

This grant provides grants of $2,000 to senior rabbis of each local congregation to give to congregants who are experiencing financial emergencies, in recognition of the fact that some individuals are more comfortable contacting their rabbi than going to a social service agency.

Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery

Israel and Overseas Initiatives transporting palestinian patients to israeli hospitals road to recovery israel co-existence medical treatment children youth
Road to Recovery
$10,000

Road to Recovery is an organization of volunteers who drive Palestinians undergoing medical treatment in Israeli hospitals to and from the crossings into Israel.

Russian Case Manager

Russian Case Manager

Supporting Local Individuals in Need russian case manager crown center seniors elderly jews in need support services
Crown Center for Senior Living
$5,000

This grant provides assistance for Russian-speaking residents of Crown Center to help them access needed resources such as health care, transportation and nutrition.

Sherut Leumi

Sherut Leumi

Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel sherut leumi torah mitzion kollel israel connection education school teens youth attachment girls
Torah MiTzion Kollel
$30,000

A team of four Israeli post-high school girls provide engagement and Israel education to supplemental religious schools and two days schools in St. Louis, as well as additional programming which includes the community-wide teen Yom Ha’atzmaut program.

ShinShinim

ShinShinim

Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel Israel attachment education connection ShinShinim service community
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$94,875

The ShinShinim program will bring two Israelis, post high school, who will defer their army service for one year, to come to St. Louis for a service year.

Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research

Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research

Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel shoresh institution for socioeconomic research israel policy think-tank
Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research
$20,000

The Shoresh Institution informs Israel’s leading policymakers and the general public through briefings and accessible publications on the source, nature and scope of core issues facing the country, providing policy options that ensure and improve the well-being of all segments of Israeli society.

Social Nutrition

Social Nutrition

Supporting Local Individuals in Need social nutrition program crown center seniors elderly jews in need meals food kosher
Crown Center for Senior Living
$62,650

The Social Nutrition program supports kosher congregate meals at Crown Center and home-delivered kosher meals at Crown and in the University City area.

Social Nutrition

Social Nutrition

Supporting Local Individuals in Need social nutrition program jewish community center seniors elderly jews in need meals food kosher jcc covenant place
Jewish Community Center
$146,806

The Social Nutrition program supports kosher congregate meals at Covenant Place and home-delivered kosher meals at Covenant and in the Creve Coeur area.

St. Louis Community Shaliach

St. Louis Community Shaliach

Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel st. louis community shaliach jewish community center israel connection israeli J JCC attachment education
Jewish Community Center
$45,000

The St. Louis shaliach serves as an important link between the broader Jewish community and 200 Israeli families living in St. Louis. The job responsibilities are divided among the JCC, Bais Abraham Congregation, and Tzofim – Israeli Scouts.

Summer Camps in Former Soviet Union

Summer Camps in Former Soviet Union

Israel and Overseas Initiatives FSU camp children summer former soviet union riga identity young kid youth child development
Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
$50,000

The Jewish Agency’s seven to ten day summer camp programs in Riga and throughout the Former Soviet Union (FSU) ignite and nurture vibrant Jewish identity in young people at a critical time in their development.

Teen Engagement Audit

Teen Engagement Audit

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis teens north shore engagement youth
North Shore Teen Initiative
$7,500

This grant supports the implementation of a Jewish Teen Engagement Audit in St. Louis to better understand the landscape of Jewish teen engagement and potential opportunities for growth.

The NETWORK

The NETWORK

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis College students young adults Jewish identity engagement network campus
Chabad on Campus
$24,000

The NETWORK is a city-wide collaborative designed to serve the Jewish students at SLU, UMSL, Webster and St. Louis Community Colleges.

Therapeutic Vacation Camps

Therapeutic Vacation Camps

Israel and Overseas Initiatives therapeutic vacation camps orr shalom israel camp children teens youth jews in need support services at-risk kids counseling
Orr Shalom
$20,000

Orr Shalom was started more than 30 years ago and today is the largest provider of therapeutic foster and group home care for Israel’s most vulnerable children.

Torah & Turf

Torah & Turf

Building a Vibrant Jewish St. Louis torah turf st. louis kollel young adults men jewish identity sports football soccer engagement
St. Louis Kollel
$15,000

This program is an opportunity for young Jewish men to play football after a text study session, and has participants from the full spectrum of Jewish practice.

Victims of Terror Fund

Victims of Terror Fund

Israel and Overseas Initiatives victims of terror fund jewish agency for israel (jafi) support services jews in need trauma counseling
Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
$15,000

The fund was started in 2006, after the second Lebanon War, for soldiers and civilian victims of terrorism. The program assists those identified by the Government and provides supplementary assistance, such as additional counseling, horse therapy, housing subsidies, college scholarships and home modification that are not covered by government funds.

Vocational Rehab for People with Autism

Vocational Rehab for People with Autism

Israel and Overseas Initiatives vocational rehab for people with autism shekel israel jews in need inclusion job training placement developmental disabilities adults
Shekel
$20,000

The agency trains people with mental and physical disabilities to engage in the general workforce or be employed in a sheltered employment setting. The emphasis of the agency is on inclusion of the clients, where possible, in the larger society including access to health and other services.

Yokneam Food Support

Yokneam Food Support

Israel and Overseas Initiatives yokneam food support leket israel israel meals jews in need hunger security
Leket Israel
$18,000

Leket Israel is the national food bank of Israel. The program provides vital nutrition to 170,000 needy people each week. Through a partnership with a Yokneam foodbank, Leket supports a total of 61,520 lbs of perishable food for people in the Yokneam region.

Yokneam Municipality – Association for the Elderly

Yokneam Municipality – Association for the Elderly

Israel and Overseas Initiatives association elderly yokneam ilit municipality seniors israel megiddo meals support services
Yokneam Ilit
$10,000

This grant supports the Senior Center for the elderly inhabitants of Yokneam. The Center serves 70 people daily and provides a variety of activities and programs as well as congregate meals.

Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut

Enhancing St. Louis' Attachment to Israel yom ha’atzmaut jewish community center israel connection education jcc attachment education connection
Jewish Community Center
$7,500

Funding supports the annual Israeli/Community celebration, in partnership with Lubin-Green Foundation.