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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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A Business of One’s Own

A Business of One’s Own

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

Jewish Community Center
$14,000

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

Advocacy Center

Advocacy Center

ITIM
$20,000

This grant will support 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.

Arts & Soul Project

Arts & Soul Project

Jewish Community Center
$28,000

This new platform of ongoing Jewish cultural activities employs local and national Jewish artists, educators and performers to lead creative and innovative programs.

Ashreinu

Ashreinu

Ashreinu
$5,000

Ashreinu seeks to fill the gap of spiritual, peer-led, egalitarian programming for Jewish adults in the city of St. Louis, particularly in South City.

Association for the Elderly – Yokneam Ilit

Association for the Elderly – Yokneam Ilit

Yokneam Municipality
$10,000

This grant will support 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.

Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel
$108,297

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

Chaplaincy Program

Chaplaincy Program

Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$89,288

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.

Chesed Fund

Chesed Fund

Community congregations
$38,000

This grant provides grants of $1,000 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.

Comprehensive Nutrition Program

Comprehensive Nutrition Program

Muzot 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.

Concierge for Families with Young Children

Concierge for Families with Young Children

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$41,300

The Concierge connects to families with young children through the Shalom Baby program, personalized visits to families with preschool-aged children followed by a detailed stewardship plan for each family, complete with scheduled touch points, and an established referral system.

Counseling for Orthodox Community

Counseling for Orthodox Community

Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$49,071

The St. Louis Orthodox Jewish Community has mental health needs that require special outreach efforts provided by culturally competent staff who are sensitive to the beliefs, values, and needs of members of the Orthodox Community.

Cracking the Glass Ceiling

Cracking the Glass Ceiling

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.

Drop-In Center for At-Risk Teens

Drop-In Center for At-Risk Teens

Crossroads
$12,000

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

ElderLink Outreach

ElderLink Outreach

Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$51,155

This grant expands ElderLink to provide home assessments and service linkages for clients who need additional assistance. It also provides community training workshops on identifying vulnerable seniors who need help.

Elderly Jews in the FSU

Elderly Jews in the FSU

Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
$57,000

This grant will support Joint Distribution Committee’s welfare assistance program that targets the thousands of Jewish elderly in the former Soviet Union who live below minimum subsistence levels.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$27,536

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

Gift of Music

Gift of Music

Jewish Rock Radio
$9,500

Jewish Rock Radio was launched to provide a mass communication channel utilizing the power of music to attract, inspire, entertain, and educate Jewish youth. The mission of Jewish Rock Radio is to strengthen Jewish identity and engagement for youth and young adults through the power of music.

Gilor-Megiddo Elderly Services

Gilor-Megiddo Elderly Services

Megiddo Regional Council
$10,000

This grant will support the Senior Center for the elderly inhabitants of the Megiddo Regional Council. The program 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

Hand in Hand
$12,000

Hand in Hand brings together thousands of Jews and Arabs in six schools and communities throughout Israel. This grant supports the Tel-Aviv Jaffa school and community.

Haredi Job Placement

Haredi Job Placement

Jerusalem College of Technology
$10,000

This grant will support efforts to assist members of the Haredi community with job training and placement.

Hartman – Elifelet Day Care and Learning Center for African Refugee Children

Hartman – Elifelet Day Care and Learning Center for African Refugee Children

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.

Helping the Helpers

Helping the Helpers

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.

Homemaker Services

Homemaker Services

Covenant Place/Jewish Family & Children’s Service
$23,750

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

Inclusion Coordinator

Inclusion Coordinator

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$28,633

The Inclusion Coordinator works with Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Inclusion Initiative committee to help Jews with disabilities and their family members fully participate in Jewish life.

Inclusion Mini-Grants

Inclusion Mini-Grants

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.

Interfaith Couples Mission

Interfaith Couples Mission

Interfaith Couples Mission
$32,000

This highly subsidized trip enhances each participant’s connection to Israel and strengthens the understanding of both the Jewish and non-Jewish partner.

Interfaith Model United Youth Program

Interfaith Model United Youth Program

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.

Israel Bound

Israel Bound

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$7,000

Israel Bound is a 3-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. Time is spent with teens from Yokneam-Megiddo and also includes several community service projects.

Israel Center

Israel Center

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$211,300

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.

Israeli & Jewish Identity Engagement Worker

Israeli & Jewish Identity Engagement Worker

Hillel-University of Missouri
$20,000

Funding was provided to hire a part-time Israel Engagement worker to engage with students pre and post-Birthright and plan programming related to Israel.

Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI)

Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI)

Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI)
$10,000

Their mission is to ensure the thriving of the Jewish people and Jewish civilization by engaging in strategic thinking and planning for issues of concern to world Jewry.

Jewish Student Union (JSU)

Jewish Student Union (JSU)

Jewish Student Union (JSU)
$33,000

JSU facilitates weekly or bi-weekly club meetings for high school students. Programs include speakers from a variety of Jewish organizations, discussions on timely topics of interest to the participants and interactive activities.

JFACE PresenTense Accelerator

JFACE PresenTense Accelerator

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$92,580

The JFACE PresenTense Accelerator is part of a global movement of 16 Accelerator programs established to better equip visionaries with the tools and resources they need to change the world and mobilize the community behind their ventures – thus creating a sustainable ecosystem of social change and a culture of action.

JGrads

JGrads

Chabad on Campus
$36,992

Led by a student board representative of a variety of colleges and universities, JGrads engages students through Shabbat dinners, holiday observances, happy hours and other social events and networking opportunities.

Kesher B’Kitah – Partnership2Gether

Kesher B’Kitah – Partnership2Gether

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
$4,000

This program connects students in elementary and high school in our partnership region of Yokneam-Megiddo with students in our congregational religious and community’s day schools.

Legislators Mission to Israel

Legislators Mission to Israel

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$38,860

The funding supported a subsidized mission to Israel for Missouri state legislators in May 2015.

One Happy Camper (OHC)

One Happy Camper (OHC)

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$119,083

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.

PJ Library

PJ Library

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$71,930

The PJ Library program connects families with young children to Jewish values and concepts through monthly book selections that are mailed to each child, and serves as a platform for connecting these families to each other and to the community through communications and community programs.

Ruach Chadasha (New Spirit)

Ruach Chadasha (New Spirit)

Ruach Chadasha (New Spirit)
$7,500

Ruach Chadasha was created in 2003 by a group of Hebrew University students who came together to stem the tide of young people trickling out of Jerusalem every year.

Russian Case Manager

Russian Case Manager

Crown Center
$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.

Safe Home for Domestic Violence Survivors

Safe Home for Domestic Violence Survivors

Bat Melech
$8,000

Bat Melech operates two shelters, in conjunction with the Ministry of Welfare, that serve women who are suffering from the imminent threat of abuse and violence, as well as their children.

Shabbat Experience

Shabbat Experience

B'Yachad STL
$12,000

This program is a collaborative effort of Shaare Emeth and Central Reform Congregation, designed to engage young adults from a range of Jewish backgrounds to welcome Shabbat together

Shalvah

Shalvah

Congregation Neve Shalom
$10,000

Shalvah provides weekly support groups with Jewish spiritual content to individuals who are dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.

Sherut Leumi

Sherut Leumi

Torah MiTzion Kollel
$30,000

A team of four Israeli post-high school girls provide engagement and Israel education to seven supplemental religious schools and two days schools in St. Louis, and supplemental programming including participation in the Jewish Opportunities and Learning for Teens program and the community-wide teen Yom Ha’atzmaut program.

Shoresh Institution

Shoresh Institution

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.

Show Me Israel Community Mission

Show Me Israel Community Mission

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$15,000

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is planning a community mission from February 26-March 6, 2017. Four customized tracks will allow participants to see Israel through their preferred lens. Each track promises a unique, hands-on and dynamic itinerary that cannot be experienced by most visitors to Israel.

Social Nutrition – Van Purchase

Social Nutrition – Van Purchase

Jewish Community Center
$7,500

This one-time grant provided funds to support the purchase of van for kosher meal delivery to Jewish seniors in the St. Louis area.

Social Nutrition Program

Social Nutrition Program

Crown Center
$62,676

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 Program

Social Nutrition Program

Jewish Community Center
$146,806

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

Songleader Boot Camp

Songleader Boot Camp

Jewish Community Center
$18,500

Songleader Boot Camp is a national leadership training program designed to increase engagement of students and congregants through song.

St. Louis Community Shaliach

St. Louis Community Shaliach

Jewish Community Center
$40,000

The St. Louis shaliach serves as an important link between the broader Jewish community and the approximately 200 Israeli families living in St. Louis.

St. Louis Jewish Community Garden

St. Louis Jewish Community Garden

Amir
$40,130

The program hopes to help at least 20 families in need by growing and donating 4,000 pounds of food per year.

Student Engagement Initiative

Student Engagement Initiative

Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
$38,000

A new Director of Program and Engagement at Hillel will help Hillel engage a larger percentage of the undergraduate Jewish students at Washington University by launching Hillel International’s successful peer-to-peer engagement internship.

Summer Camps in FSU

Summer Camps in FSU

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
$50,000

The Jewish Agency’s 7 to 10-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.

Teaching Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process

Teaching Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process

Jewish Community Relations Council
$1,500

This grant provided a scholarship to JCRC to send representatives to a statewide social studies conference in February 2015.

The Internship Experience for Future Community Leaders

The Internship Experience for Future Community Leaders

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.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Beit Uri
$12,000

Beit Uri is a home for 110 Jewish and Arab children, youth and young adults in need of special care. This grant supports Beit Uri’s therapeutic horse riding program.

Therapeutic Vacation Camps

Therapeutic Vacation Camps

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

St. Louis Kollel
$15,000

Through participation in Torah & Turf, participants are making professional, social and religious connections that strengthen their bonds to the local Jewish community.

Transporting Palestinian Patients to Israeli Hospitals

Transporting Palestinian Patients to Israeli Hospitals

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. The organization is as much about the recovery of mutual respect, trust, dialog and friendship among Israelis and Palestinians as it is about the patients’ physical recovery.

Victims of Terror Fund

Victims of Terror Fund

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

Shekel
$20,000

Shekel trains people with mental and physical disabilities to engage in the general workforce or be employed in a sheltered employment setting.

Yokneam Food Support

Yokneam Food Support

Leket Israel
$18,000

Leket Israel is the national food bank of Israel. The program provides vital nutrition to 140,000 needy people each week.

Yokneam-Megiddo Community Initiative

Yokneam-Megiddo Community Initiative

Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMRJ)
$20,000

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

Yokneam-Megiddo Partnership2Gether

Yokneam-Megiddo Partnership2Gether

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
$46,950

A full-time coordinator in Israel allows us to provide a variety of hosting experiences for missions and individuals visiting our partnership region.

Yokneam-Megiddo Project

Yokneam-Megiddo Project

JAFI/Megiddo Regional Council/Yokneam Municipality
$286,671

For the past ten 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.

Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut

Jewish Community Center
$7,500

Funding supports the annual Israeli/Community celebration, in partnership with the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting Foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Young Rabbi Trip

Young Rabbi Trip

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$3,826

This grant supported a 2015 young Rabbis mission trip to Israel for Rabbis from the St. Louis area.