Mission Statement — Jewish Federation of St. Louis mobilizes the Jewish community and its human and financial resources to preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, in Israel and around the world.




History — Founded in 1901, Jewish Federation of St. Louis is one of the region’s largest and oldest nonprofit organizations. Federation is committed to the development and enhancement of a thriving, vibrant Jewish community through six strategic priorities:

  • Ensure the Jewish identity and engagement of future generations.
  • Create a vibrant, embracing, local Jewish community that will help retain and be attractive to young adults and families with young children.
  • Educate and advocate for a strong Israel and safe Jewish world.
  • Build a human services safety net to identify, monitor and care for the most vulnerable and isolated Jews.
  • Recruit, train and develop exceptional human resources.
  • Strengthen and optimize the community’s infrastructure to meet present and future realities and challenges.


Jewish Federation of St. Louis mobilizes the Jewish community through support of a family of more than 90 local, national and international agencies, programs, services and innovative projects. Jewish Federation of St. Louis supports national and international agencies, including the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and several overseas targeted programs. Jewish Federation of St. Louis is a proud member of the United Way and a Better Business Bureau accredited charity.


Volunteers — Jewish Federation of St. Louis volunteers represent the community’s wide variety of interests, ages and viewpoints. Donating time and expertise, volunteers serve on boards and committees, raise funds, oversee endowments, secure grants, examine needs, plan for the community, and distribute funds to meet the needs. Through affinity groups, Jewish Federation of St. Louis connects people by gender, age, common interests and profession. They support Federation through fundraising and a variety of social, educational, networking and donor-recognition events. Groups include:

Young Professionals Division (YPD), for men and women in their 20s and 30s.

Women’s Philanthropy, for women of all ages, backgrounds, interests, lifestyles and income levels.

Professional societies, such as Maimonides Society for medical professionals, Cardozo Society for legal professionals, and Montefiore Society for financial and insurance professionals.

Millstone Institute, an initiative to engage, develop and inspire leadership in the St. Louis Jewish community through Millstone Fellows, JProStl and other programs.


Giving — The Annual Campaign, the Jewish community’s largest fundraising effort, supports high-quality agencies, programs and services that sustain our community’s vision of a thriving, vibrant and engaged Jewish community. In addition to the unrestricted Annual Campaign, there are a number of Jewish Federation of St. Louis funds, endowments, legacy gifts and corporate sponsorships that provide a further source of program revenue for today and tomorrow. Your gift allows us to feed the hungry, protect children, help our seniors to age with dignity and lift families out of poverty. For more information, visit BuildJewishSTL.org or call 314-442-3793.