Staenberg Foundation awards $76k in Anything Grants to Jewish groups

The Staenberg Family: From left, Joel and Rachael Brightfield and Carol, Leah, Hannah and Michael Staenberg.

The Staenberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, announced that 22 local Jewish organizations will be recipients of more than $76,000 through the Anything Grants funding program aimed at helping organizations raise funds for a variety of needs.

The 2019 Anything Grant recipients are

• Hillel at Washington University – Building Beautification through Torah

• MaTovu – Building Enhancements

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• Jewish Family & Children’s Service – Flooring Replacement

• Kol Rinah – Technology Upgrade

• National Council of Jewish Women STL – Security Updates

• Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School – Technology Renewal

St. Louis Jewish Light – Technology Needs

• Traditional Congregation – Security and Safety Support

• St. Louis Kollel – Kollel Beautification Project

• Barbara Mendelsohn Tomchei Shabbos Fund, Vaad Hoeir – Freezer and Storage Upgrade

• St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association – Congregational Leadership Training for LGBTQ Inclusiveness

• Yeshivat Kadimah High School – Drama Program

• Maryville University Hillel – Maryville University Hillel and Scholarship Strategic Awareness Campaign

• Young Israel of St. Louis – Synagogue Bathroom Remodel

• Jewish Community Relations Council – Support to Educate the Jewish Community on Criminal Justice Reform

• United Hebrew Congregation – Expansion of Infant/Toddler Rooms

• BBYO St. Louis Council – Jewish Enhancement Initiative

• B’nai Amoona – A Jewish Room for All to Enter

• Friends of Israel Scouts-Shevet Keshet – Person-to-Person Israel Exchange & Winter Camp

• St. Louis Friends of Israel – Website

• Chesed Shel Emeth Society – Memorial Garden Benches

• Covenant Place Foundation – Technology to Connect Older Adults with Services, Resources, & Each Other

Joan Denison, executive director of Covenant Place, said the grant will help older adults access information online about the services Covenant Place provides.

 “We are grateful for the Staenberg Anything Grant, which will help provide a website for the new Mirowitz Center, opening in summer 2019. The Mirowitz Center will be a hub where older adults can access quality health care, provided by Washington University Physicians, RPI Therapy, and other medical providers, enjoy interesting programs, classes, and entertainment, meet up with friends for meals at the new HJ’s Cafe, connect with community agency service providers, and explore opportunities to remain informed, engaged, and healthy.”

A record 38 applications were received this year, representing nearly $160,000 in funding requests.

Each grant will be equal to 50 percent of the project budget; organizations are responsible for raising the remaining 50 percent from other sources. Grant recipients must complete the project by Dec. 2, 2019, in order to receive funds.

For more information about the Anything Grants or the Staenberg Family Foundation, contact Mindee Fredman at [email protected] or 314-442-3735 or Nava Kantor at [email protected] or 314-442-3814. Learn more online at