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Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN)

Social Justice

The Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN) works to fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah (the obligation to do righteous acts) by awarding small grants to non-Jewish social services agencies helping those in need throughout the St. Louis region. An Allocations Committee made up of representatives of a cross-section of the Jewish community determines which agencies shall be funded. There are two funding cycles per year. Through these grants, JFHN helps to support small St. Louis area non-profits that are providing direct services to those in need of food, housing, health care, education, employment, and other essential human needs. The Chair is Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of United Hebrew Congregation.

JFHN is a joint project of the JCRC and the St. Louis Rabbinical Association with support from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Lubin-Green Foundation. By contributing to the JFHN, you are participating in our age-old tradition of tikkun-olam, repairing of the world.

Jewish Fund Updates

July, 2018

The Jewish Fund for Human Needs awarded grants to seven organizations in its Spring, 2018 funding cycle.

“Our grants in this round will help meet a wide range of critical needs,” said Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, chair of the Fund.  “The nonprofits receiving these JFHN grants address health care, employment, clothing, education, and housing and emergency shelter. Children in low-income families, women who have been living on the street, immigrants and refugees, people who are uninsured, and citizens who are incarcerated or just out of prison will all benefit from the great work of our recipient agencies.” 

The seven agencies receiving a grant from JFHN in this round of awards are: North Grand Neighborhood Services, Memory Care Home Solutions, RukaNade, Back@You, Homeworks!, L.E.A.D. Promising Youth, and TOCO - Tapestry of Community Offerings.  The grants totaled $15,500..

Jewish Fund for Human Needs Allocations Committee

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg

JCRC Members
Jackie Gerson 
Sue Picus
Howard A. Rader
Amy Scharff
Lilly Scharff
Warren Gary Sherman, M.D.
Rabbinical Association Members
Rabbi Randy Fleisher
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein
Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh
Rabbi Dale Schreiber

Jewish Federation Members
Carolyn Morris
Julie Stern 

At-large Members
Lynn Freedman
Judy Sadoff
Gayle Shank
Stanford Shanker
Robert Stein
Karen Yoffie

John Kalishman, Chair, JCRC
Rabbi Noah Arnow,  President, St. Louis Rabbinical Association
Rori Picker Neiss,  Executive Director, JCRC

Steve Sorkin, JCRC-SLRA Associate

Apply to Be a Member of the  Allocations Committee
New members of the Fund Allocations Committee are welcomed each year in January.

Applications for openings for At-Large members are available beginning the previous fall and can be obtained by contacting JCRC at 314.442.3871 or

Recent Agencies Funded

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

  • The JCRC is a beneficiary organization of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

    The JCRC is a beneficiary organization of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis