Federation adds new beneficiary agencies

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has added two local Jewish day schools to its list of beneficiary agencies. Last month, the Jewish Federation board voted to add Esther Miller Bais Yaakov High School and Yeshivat Kadimah High School as beneficiary agencies — the first time since 2004 that a new organization has been given beneficiary agency status.   

Currently, three Jewish day schools are beneficiary agencies: Epstein Hebrew Academy, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School and Torah Prep School. 

The schools are funded through the Day School Pool, which is $495,989 for 2015-16. The schools receive an allocation of $1,000 per student in grades K-8, plus an additional $500 per student who is considered new to the Jewish day school system.   

In March 2015, the Board of Directors agreed with the Planning & Allocations committee’s recommendation that Jewish Federation of St. Louis should consider expanding the Day School Pool in an effort to be as inclusive of the range of schools in our community and support as many students as possible.    

Esther Miller Bais Yaakov is an Orthodox girls high school, whose graduates typically attend seminary followed by college. Yeshivat Kadimah High School is an Orthodox Yeshiva college-prep high school that serves the entire Jewish community.