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Women's Philanthropy





“Connecting community and inspiring social good.”

Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis provides opportunities for women to connect with each other while learning about and supporting the needs of the Jewish community in St. Louis, Israel and around the world.

Engaging women of all ages and backgrounds, Women’s Philanthropy enhances Jewish life through special events, community service projects, education, leadership opportunities and philanthropy. Together we make an impact in our diverse community!


In 1901, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis was founded. The Women’s Division, founded in 1948, helped strengthen women’s philanthropy by encouraging women to give their own gifts and recognize and develop leadership.Business and Professional Women’s Division was founded in 1987 to recognize the special interests of career women and provide them opportunities to serve the community and cultivate leadership.Women’s Connection was formed in 2006 by combining Women’s Division and Business & Professional Division to work together to achieve philanthropic goals and leadership goals.Women’s Connection changed its name in 2011 to Women’s Philanthropy to reflect the impact of women’s philanthropy and leadership in our Jewish community.

Get Involved

There are a variety of ways to get involved with Women’s Philanthropy. Whether you participate on an event committee, chair an event, take on a role with our Board or our Executive Committee or act as a Development Volunteer to support the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Annual Campaign, we are always excited to have women like YOU become a part of our thriving community of volunteers and philanthropists.

  • Attend one of our inspiring events.
  • Connect with the community through hands-on service opportunities.
  • Participate in Women’s Philanthropy “Taste of Our Community” classes.
  • Volunteer to help with one of our events or join the Women’s Philanthropy Board.
  • Explore the past, present and future of the Jewish people on missions to Israel and other parts of the country.
  • Support the the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Annual Campaign at the Women’s Philanthropy L’Chaim Campaign Event.
  • Encourage others to give.

To explore the right fit, contact Women’s Philanthropy Manager, Stacy Wagerman, at or 314-442-3730.


Women philanthropists are the change-makers and community-shapers of the world. We are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, compassionate and committed women at every stage of life and career.Women’s Philanthropy engages Jewish women in the fulfilling work of making the world a better place. We are building and supporting Jewish life for today and for generations to come. Jewish Federation of St. Louis inspires women’s passion for the programs and services we help support while also empowering leaders and decision-makers. Our collective philanthropy enriches our own lives while improving the lives of others.

Yeshivat Kadimah High School

Yeshivat Kadimah High School is an Orthodox Yeshiva High School that is reinventing the classroom with a 21st century approach to Jewish education. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Yeshivat Kadimah’s highly individualized program incorporates traditional and interactive resources, enriched by real world experiences outside the classroom.

Established in June 2013, our school is the result of many community members’ generosity and their shared vision. Its family feel makes it more than just a place to learn; it provides a warm and encouraging environment for all of its students to grow and develop emotionally, academically and spiritually. It shares the strongest Jewish values, supported by the best of the academic world and modern technology. Kadimah is constantly moving forward in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world.

Our rigorous, college preparatory program emphasizes excellence in both general and Judaic studies, while the supportive and nurturing atmosphere fosters both personal and intellectual development. Kadimah seeks to spark in our students a love for the study of Torah and the practice of Judaism, and to provide them with the tools and inspiration for life-long learning along with a deep devotion to both the Jewish People (עם ישראל) and the State of Israel (מדינת ישראל).

  • Kadimah means “forward.”  Though rooted in tradition, Yeshivat Kadimah utilizes innovative techniques and technologies to reinvent the Orthodox Jewish classroom.
  • Hebrew language is a strong component of the curriculum, reflecting its importance both as a vehicle to understanding classic Jewish texts, as well as recognizing its unique role in the revitalization of the modern State of Israel.
  • Yeshivat Kadimah strives to successfully develop outstanding Bnei and Bnot Torah who live full, meaningful, and productive Jewish lives.
  • Open to the entire community, Yeshivat Kadimah is devoted to Ahavat Yisrael, love for all Jews, and emphasizes respect for one another.

Our experienced faculty and staff are committed to each student, and to personalizing the Kadimah experience so that each of them receives, and contributes, according to their personal goals and talents. Our “Friday Experiences” ensure the real-life connection of studies to the community, and ground our studies in action.

Yeshivat Kadimah High School students are committed to their Judaism and to each other; they are students who are inspired, and who inspire.

H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy

The H. F. Epstein Hebrew Academy is a child-centered Orthodox Jewish preschool and day school, dedicated to educating Jewish children in Torah and general studies and nurturing children’s love for Israel and the Jewish people. Our Early Childhood division is a Reggio Emilia-inspired “hands-on” educational center, driven by student-led learning. Together we focus on emergent-literacy & writing, Torah & brachot, science & nature – taught through experiential activities driven by natural curiosity.

Contact: Rabbi Yaakov Green, Head of School



B’nai Amoona Early Childhood Center

The B’nai Amoona Early Childhood Center is dedicated to providing outstanding programming. We emphasize Jewish life and values in a caring, developmentally appropriate, and stimulating environment. Partnering with parents and community volunteers, our goal is to provide our students with a strong academic and social foundation that encourages a lifelong love of learning.

Deutsch Early Childhood Center

Affiliated Congregation: Temple Israel


Since 1985, Deutsch Early Childhood Center (DECC) – Congregation Temple Israel’s preschool – has been certified by the Missouri Board of Voluntary Accreditation for Early Childhood Education as  preschool adhering to the highest standards of early childhood education. DECC builds relationships that foster each child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth in a safe and nurturing Jewish community and offers a variety of programs for parents and their children from age 6 months through Pre-Kindergarten.

Our certified teachers and specialists engage children in activities that inspire experimentation and stimulate students to recognize problems and create solutions. Students develop positive self-esteem through a wide variety of hands-on activities which encourage play, develop natural curiosity, stimulate creative thinking, and encourage empathy for and acceptance of peers and adults.

Children will participate in art, music, cooking, Hebrew, Spanish, and movement. DECC also has a fabulous science room that promotes investigative learning, as well as a nature room with guinea pigs, bunnies, and more.

Throughout each child’s Jewish preschool education, they will celebrate Shabbat and holidays with the Rabbis and with their peers at in-school Tot Shabbat services and classroom celebrations. They will learn Jewish songs and prayers and help to make and taste traditional Jewish foods, as well as enjoy their very own Passover Seder.

Contact: Leslie Wolf, Education Director

The J’s Early Childhood Center


The J’s Early Childhood Center provides quality care and education that embraces the development of your child – mind, body and soul. Children participate in a variety of child-centered, developmentally appropriate activities that support their academic and social growth including: science, swimming, sports, yoga, intergenerational connections and more, while experiencing the Jewish holidays, traditions and values in a meaningful and relevant way.  The J’s ECC enrolls children 6 weeks through Pre-K and provides flexible schedules in two convenient locations.

Open Monday-Friday, 7:00 am-6:00 pm

Contact: Debi Porfidio, Site Director

Address: 16801 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005

Telephone: 314-442-3450




Creve Coeur

The J’s Early Childhood Center provides quality care and education that embraces the development of your child – mind, body and soul. Children participate in a variety of child-centered, developmentally appropriate activities that support their academic and social growth including: science, swimming, sports, yoga, intergenerational connections and more, while experiencing the Jewish holidays, traditions and values in a meaningful and relevant way.  The J’s ECC enrolls children 6 weeks through Pre-K and provides flexible schedules in two convenient locations.

Open Monday-Friday, 7am – 6pm

Contact: Jody Rubin and Ellen Scholten, Co-Directors

Address: 2 Millstone Campus Dr. St. Louis, MO 63146

Telephone: 314-442-3224

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Torah Prep Early Childhood

The goal of our Early Childhood Program is to help every child gain a sense of self, a sense of being a part of the Jewish People, a love for Torah, and the characteristics of a self-initiated lifelong learner. To accomplish this aim, we have developed a unique program called Mentch in the Making that is research based and scaffolded so that children enter Kindergarten with critical skills in all developmental areas, from academic to emotional to social.

The Torah Prep Early Childhood environment is modeled after the healthy family, where every member is cherished and expected to contribute. Throughout each school day, there are a myriad of opportunities for the children, with the support of their Morah, to make decisions, take initiative, problem solve, and collaborate with their peers. Our program is built around the premise that play is the work of children. By observing our young students “at work” — whether at the crafts table, on the playground, or in the reading center — our teachers can glean volumes about the child’s skill level across many developmental areas. At Torah Prep, no year is the same: our teachers are always responding to the particular needs of their students, both as individuals and as a group. The passion that our exemplary teachers exude is contagious, and is usually the first thing visitors notice when they tour our school.

Contact: Mrs. Chanie Wasser, Director

Shirlee Green Preschool at Congregation Shaare Emeth

Affiliated Congregation: Congregation Shaare Emeth

Learning about nature extends throughout the Shirlee Green Preschool curriculum.  SGP is the only Jewish preschool certified with an outdoor kitah (classroom) in the state of Missouri.  The garden, along with other centers in the outdoor kitah, allow the children to experiment and take safe risks.  Discovering the mysteries of bees and honey and maintaining a worm factory for composting teach the children knowledge about the world around them.  Nature furnishes the children with paint brushes in the form of twigs, leaves and flowers.  And what could be more magical than creating fairy gardens from organic materials found in nature to illicit special charms.

Contact: Karen Lucy – Director of Early Childhood Engagement

Kol Rinah Early Childhood Center (KRECC)

Affiliated Congregation: Kol Rinah

KRECC has been providing early childhood learning experiences for families living in the surrounding community for over 30 years. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment in order to encourage physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth for each child. Our curriculum is play-based and focuses on authentic learning; children participate in weekly enrichment programming, including music, art, science/outdoor learning, yoga, creative movement and social-emotional skills development. Jewish culture and values are infused into daily routines, with a special emphasis on learning about Jewish holidays, celebrating Shabbat and introducing the Hebrew language. We accept children from all backgrounds from 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten and enroll children year round as space becomes available.

Contact: Liz Collins and Elyse Picker, Co-Directors

Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center

Affiliated Congregation: United Hebrew

We offer preschool education, child care and summer day camps for children ages six weeks through six years. The center is open year round, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am-6:00 pm. Our center provides many opportunities for children to develop their socialization, exploration, and creativity skills through a literacy based curriculum designed to meet your child’s intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs. We recognize that each child is a unique individual who learns and develops at his or her own pace. The teachers provide a curriculum that integrates developmentally appropriate Judaic and secular experiences while stimulating and challenging young minds.

Contact:  Lauren Lourie, Director of Early Childhood Engagement