RABBI ROBERT P. JACOBS
JEWISH FUND FOR HUMAN NEEDS
The Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN) works to fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah (the obligation to do righteous acts) by awarding small grants to non-Jewish social services agencies helping those in need throughout the St. Louis region. An Allocations Committee made up of representatives of a cross-section of the Jewish community determines which agencies shall be funded. There are two funding cycles per year. Through these grants, JFHN helps to support small St. Louis area non-profits that are providing direct services to those in need of food, housing, health care, education, employment, and other essential human needs. The chair of JFHN is Sue Picus..
JFHN was founded by Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs, the long-time executive director of the STLRCA. Rabbi Jacobs was a pioneer in building interfaith relations and helped bring together the leadership of many religions and denominations to provide a faith perspective in many state and local issues. He believed that Jewish involvement and visibility in the broader community is critical to the well-being of the Jewish people.
JFHN is a joint project of the STLRCA and the Jewish Community Relations Council with support from the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.