Jewish Fund for Human Needs Seeking Volunteers

The Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN) is now accepting applications for volunteers to serve on its allocation committee for a three-year term beginning in 2019.

JFHN is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and the St. Louis Rabbinical Association (SLRA) with support from the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The Fund awards grants to small and medium-sized non-profit direct service organizations in the St. Louis region that respond to basic human needs, such as by providing health care for the uninsured, food for the hungry, housing for the homeless, assistance to refugees, and emergency shelter for victims of abuse.

The JFHN Allocations Committee includes representatives from the JCRC, SLRA, and Jewish Federation, and also at-large members. The Committee reflects a diverse cross section of the Jewish community.

JFHN has two funding cycles a year. In each cycle, allocation committee members discuss possible applicants, review grant applications that are received, participate in site visits to first-time applicants, and help decide the awarding of grants. Most JFHN site visits and allocation committee meetings are held on weekdays in the mornings or late afternoons.
Those who have served on the Jewish Fund for Human Needs Allocation Committee find it an extremely meaningful and rewarding volunteer experience. Committee members get first-hand insight into many wonderful but often unsung social service organizations in our region. For most of these organizations, JFHN is the first support they have received from the Jewish community. The Fund strengthens interfaith relations while truly making a difference in the lives of those in need.

More information on the Jewish Fund for Human Needs, including a short video, is at their website,

To find out more about applying for a position on the JFHN Allocation Committee and to request an application, please contact Steve Sorkin at 314-442-3873 or The application deadline is November 30, 2018.

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