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Welcome to the St. Paul Jewish Federation

Together, we care for people in need, rescue people in danger and keep Jewish life strong.

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month


Creating an Inclusive Community

Through Federation, you provide funding for inclusion programs and disability services through endowments and distributions to our beneficiary agencies. One such endowment is the Goldberger Family Fund,which provides funding for services including educational support, equipment, respite care andspecialty camp for Jewish families in St. Paul whose children are on the autism spectrum.



You also support inclusion programs and disability services through Federation's local and international beneficiary agencies including:

  • Transportation for individuals with disabilities
  • Social groups, classes and wellness activities at the St. Paul JCC
  • Counseling, disability services and support groups at Jewish Family Service of St. Paul
  • Inclusion programs worldwide, like the JDC’s Israel Unlimited

Learn more

Securing the future of our Jewish community

Twin Cities Jewish leaders participated in national legacy giving conference














When Brian Serle attended his first Life and Legacy Conference in 2018, he was a bit disheartened. As a member of Mount Zion Temple’s Giving Committee, Brian was working on securing legacy gifts and was disappointed with their first-year results. 


That conference gave him the lift he needed. He learned key strategies that he could take back to his fellow committee members to focus their efforts. 


This year was different. “Mount Zion and the other Twin Cities organizations were seen as one of the most successful communities for having completed our goals,” said Brian. “This time, I was the one on the panel explaining how we did it.” Read more.


We're Hiring: PJ Library Coordinator

Federation is seeking a part-time program coordinator for our PJ Library program. PJ Library provides free monthly, age-appropriate, Jewish-content books and music to more than 450 children ages 6 months to 8 years each month. Learn more about the job and apply!

Don & Rhoda Mains, Bonnie Resnick & Alan Milavetz named 2020 Communitiy Campaign chairs

The St. Paul Jewish Federation has named longtime community leaders Don and Rhoda Mains, and Bonnie Resnick and Alan Milavetz to lead the 2020 Community Campaign. 

“We’re excited that Rhoda and Don, and Bonnie and Alan will chair our 2020 Community Campaign,” said Mark Adelman, Federation president. “Each of these individuals brings a strong commitment to Jewish life and to the growth and success of the St. Paul Jewish community to their leadership roles.”

“I love this community, and I love the Federation,” said Don Mains. “I’m stepping out of retirement to do what I can to make this a successful campaign.”

Get to know our Community Campaign chairs!

Ris Arbel: New Sovev Kinneret Partnership Director


We’re excited to announce that Ris Arbel is the new Director of our Sovev Kinneret partnership! Ris was our beloved shlicha in St. Paul during 2013-2014. She brought Israel to St. Paul and Minnesota Hillel in a special way with her warmth, intelligence and caring spirit. When she returned to Israel, Ris worked for the Jewish Agency for Israel in the Central Galilee and in Nesher P2G as a Living Bridge Coordinator.


Ris, who started her position with us a few days ago, says, "I am very excited to be back as part of this great Partnership between Sovev Kinneret-Milwakee-St. Paul. I missed the community, and It feels like returning home! I am looking forward to our joint mutual journey.” 


Now you have another good reason to visit our Sovev-Kinneret partnership! Contact Federation to organize a trip.

These short videos describe three of the things your support allows us to do

Creating community

Federation helped Minnesota HIllel reach out to campuses across the state.

Building Jewish identity

Federation sends free Jewish books and music to young children ages 6 months to 8 years.

Inspiring young Jews

Federation helps teens make personal, lasting connections to teens in Israel through Teen Mifgash.

  • Who We Are

    Since 1935, the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul has been our community's central address for meeting Jewish needs - responding to crises, fighting poverty, strengthening Jewish identity and promoting social justice.

  • What We Do

    For thousands of years, the Jewish people have had a tradition of taking care of those in need. That tradition continues through the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul. Every day, our work is felt by millions both here in greater St. Paul and throughout the world.

  • Ways to Give

    The Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul's Annual Campaign funds vital programs and services locally, in Israel and in more than 70 other countries worldwide. Your single gift to the Annual Campaign helps alleviate Jewish poverty, provide emergency relief, ensure a Jewish future and support the greater St. Paul community.

Helping People in Need

From emergency assistance for distressed families, to kosher meals for the homebound, to medical care for the elderly, we are a safety net for the most vulnerable members of our community.

Inspiring Jewish Life

Summer camp, Jewish education, trips to Israel, PJ Library books. We provide young people with experiences that are powerful and lasting.

In Israel

We help immigrants start new lives, support Israel through crises, fight poverty, rescue Jews in danger and bring Israel to St. Paul through innovative programs.

Around the World

We are a lifeline to Jews in Eastern Europe, providing food, medical aid and winter relief. We fight anti-Semitism, connect people to their Jewish heritage and provide disaster relief.