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Why Support the J?

The J supports the community through a number of programs and critical services, including scholarship for youth and families, meal delivery to homebound seniors, award-winning cultural arts programs, health and wellness initiatives, and support for individuals of all ages with special needs, and physical and developmental disabilities. Without our generous support of our donors, sponsors and other funders, there would be no Jewish Community Center, and we are extremely grateful for all who help us sustain the important work we do.

For information about making a gift, or with questions about current giving, please contact Holly Swift, 314-442-3189.

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The J's 2021 Form 990

2021 Annual Report to the Community

7 Reasons to Support the J

We improve the health of our community.

The J provides dozens of opportunities for children and adults to get and stay healthy and active: two state-of-the-art fitness centers and nationally-certified staff, hundreds of group exercise classes, sport leagues, personal and small group training, and more.

We serve as the center of Jewish programming.

Embracing Jewish culture and education, the J is home to the New Jewish Theatre, the St. Louis Jewish Film Festival, BBYO, Nishmah, the Jewish Arts and Soul Project and one of the largest Jewish Book Festivals in the U.S. We host more Jewish programs – and serve a greater percentage of the Jewish population – than any other agency in St. Louis. We are the true center of the Jewish community.

Tzedakah: We give back.

The J serves a multicultural population at every age and walk of life. We happily provide more than $500,000 in financial assistance annually, regardless of faith. This would not be possible without impassioned supporters who share our commitment to helping others.

We bring 70,000 people together every year.

Since 1880, the J has served the Jewish Community and greater St. Louis community, regardless of faith, race, background, or religious affiliation. Through family services and programs, cultural events, recreation and fitness – the J is the central place where all Jews connect, make friends and experience true community.

We shape the lives of young people.

The J’s Early Childhood Centers, J Day Camps, Camp Sabra, JCC Maccabi Games, BBYO, Nishmah, Helene Mirowitz Family Center and Youth Sports introduce thousands of young people (age 6 weeks to 19 years) to life-shaping experiences each year. Our programs emphasize friendship, teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, self-discovery and Jewish values, heritage and identity.

We enhance the lives of seniors.

The J is dedicated to helping older adults live in the community for as long as possible. Through our Adult Day Center program, we help adults with Alzheimer’s and other challenges, and offer critical support services to caregivers. Kitchen J delivers more than 2,500 nutritious kosher meals monthly, to the homebound elderly, and to low-income seniors five nights per week at a congregant site.

We care for and support people with special needs.

The J’s Inclusion Program provides hundreds of children and adults with disabilities and other special needs the opportunity for a more enriched and fulfilling life – through camping, theatre, fitness, social outings and the Buddies-at-Work program. Additionally, we provide critical support services for families and caregivers.

Click here to view the 7 Ways to Support the J PDF.

Ways to Support the J

Employee Matching Gifts

Many businesses match their employees’ gift contributions, which can double or even triple your contribution. Click here to learn more.
For more information, please contact Holly Swift, 314-442-3189, Director of Development.

Gifts of Stock

A gift of appreciated stock held for more than one year can benefit the J while saving capital gains taxes and offering you other tax benefits. Please consult your tax advisor to learn how a gift of stock can assist you in reaching your personal financial goals. To make a gift of stock, simply pass along the below information to your broker:

Premier Wealth Advisors
Raymond James & Associates
Account Number 609XY587
DTC Number 0725

Contact Marty Oberman’s office, 314-214-2146, to notify transfer of shares.

Support Scholarships

The J provides more than $600,000 in financial assistance annually – supporting participants of our fitness programs, J Day Camps, Camp Sabra, Early Childhood Center, Adult Day Center and more. Your gift helps us help those in our community who need it most.

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