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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 for Human Needs Allocations Committee

JCRC Members
Jackie Gerson 
Sue Picus
Howard Rader
Amy Scharff 
Dr. Gary Sherman 

Rabbinical Association Members
Rabbi Randy Fleisher
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein
Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh
Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg 
Rabbi Dale Schreiber

Jewish Federation Members
Scott Levine 

At-large Members
Lynn Freedman
Judy Sadoff
Lilly Scharff
Stanford Shanker
Robert Stein
Karen Yoffie

Rabbi James Bennett,  St. Louis Rabbinical Association
Rori Picker Neiss,  Jewish Community Relations Council

Steve Sorkin, Administrative Director (for SLRA)

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

Agencies Funded in the Past Twelve Months

Fall 2015

Spring 2016