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.
Each year, Federation launches a Community Campaign that is the St. Louis 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. Jewish Federation of St. Louis is part of a network of 157 North American Jewish Federations, known as the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA and formerly United Jewish Communities (UJC).
As the community’s central agency, Federation has the capacity to unify the community – to bring together congregations, agencies, day schools and other Jewish groups. To strengthen St. Louis’ connections to Israel, Federation directly links St. Louis to Israel through a Partnership2Gether sister-city program. St. Louis’ sister-city region is Yokneam-Megiddo, Israel, an area southeast of Haifa.
Federation is led by hundreds of volunteers from all sectors of the community, who serve on boards and committees, raise funds, manage endowments, respond to emergencies, evaluate needs and distribute charitable dollars to Federation’s family of agencies, programs and services. In 2008, Federation implemented a new governance model, downsizing the Board of Directors and establishing a more broadly representative Board of Trustees.