Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the Jewish community’s central fundraising and planning address. Founded in 1901, it is one of the region’s oldest and largest nonprofit organizations. Federation’s Annual Community Campaign is the Jewish community’s largest fundraising effort. Campaign donations are distributed to 30 local and 21 national agencies, programs and services; three international agencies and four targeted programs – to feed the hungry, educate students of all ages, care for the young and old, fight anti-Semitism, promote Jewish culture and support Jews in Israel and around the world.
Federation is led by hundreds of volunteers from all sectors of the community who serve to raise funds, manage endowments, respond to emergencies, evaluate needs and distribute charitable dollars to Federation’s family of agencies, programs and services. Volunteers also make up Jewish Federation’s various affinity groups that support Federation through fundraising and a wide variety of social, educational, networking and donor-recognition events. These affinity groups connect people by gender, age, common interests and profession.
Groups are: Major Gifts, Federation’s highest level donors giving more that $10,000 and include: The President’s Circle, The Prime Minister’s Council, Ben Gurion Society, King David Society, Chai Society and Special Gifts; Women’s Connection for women of all ages, backgrounds, interests, lifestyles and income levels and incorporates the Lions of Judah, women who donate more than $5,000 to Federation’s annual Campaign; and the Young Professionals Division for young adults ages 21-40.
Other Federation groups include giving societies such as Cardozo Society for Jewish attorneys, judges and law students; Maimonides Society for Jewish physicians, dentists and health care professionals at the doctorate level; and Montefiore Society for Jewish accountants, stock brokers, bankers, financial planners, insurance brokers and others in financial services.
Jewish Federation’s primary goal is to build and support a thriving Jewish community. To do so, Federation builds and promotes Jewish identity and community by engaging and inspiring Jews through such services as the community website project: www.jewishinstlouis.org. Federation supports programs and services as a central resource for seniors, ElderLink St. Louis, a project of the Senior Service Integration Commission, to best serve our senior population and help them live independently and with dignity. Federation also has programs to strengthen global Jewish unity and peoplehood.
Networking, collaborations and staff development for professionals who work in St. Louis Jewish organizations is supported by Federation through JProStL, which is part of the community-wide Professional Excellence Project made possible by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation serves as a central resource for the entire community to accept and manage endowments and planned gifts such as bequests, charitable trusts, annuities and donor-supervised funds.
Federation ensures the community’s voices are heard in Washington, DC and Jefferson City, acting on behalf of the Jewish community with regard to legislation and funding for seniors, children and the mentally ill. In response to national and international emergencies, Federation unifies and mobilizes the community, bringing together congregations, agencies and organizations.
Crisis Response & Fundraising
In response to a crisis or natural disaster, Federation leads the St. Louis Jewish community in emergency efforts to provide food, clothing, medical support and emergency relief and rescue. Special fundraising has provided relief to embattled Israelis during the 2006 Lebanon war and Midwest floods and devastating tsunamis and hurricanes in the U.S. and around the world.
Human and Social Services
Federation agencies and programs are among the region’s finest. They include The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, Jewish Community Center, Central Agency for Jewish Education, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) senior program, Covenant/CHAI low-income senior housing, Jewish Community Relations Council, St. Louis Jewish Light and more.Jewish Federation is an agency of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Click here for more information about agencies, programs and services.