For nearly 80 years, we have worked to sustain and enhance Jewish life at home and around the world.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City emerged in 1933 as a result of the U.S. Great Depression, with the goal of helping Jews in need. But with the darkening storm brewing in Europe, what began as a Kansas City-focused fundraising organization, quickly became an ally in rescuing and resettling European Jews of the WWII era. The American Jewish community banded together through the Jewish Federation to help. While 6 million Jews perished under the Hitler regime, many survived. We were there to help survivors resettle and build new lives after the war.
As Jews around the world faced violence, discrimination and poverty, we mobilized the Kansas City Jewish community to help. Assistance was given close to home, through funding for partner agencies including Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Jewish Vocational Services, the Jewish Community Center, and as far away as Israel as it struggled to stabilize and protect its borders.
In the 1970s, 80s and 90s, we were there once again to rescue and resettle nearly 100,000 Soviet Jews who immigrated to Israel and the U.S. Partnering with local agencies and members of the Jewish community, we spearheaded Kansas City’s local resettlement operation, which provided more than 1,000 Jewish Soviet immigrants to Kansas City with everything from furnished apartments and job assistance to Jewish educational opportunities for themselves and their children.
We continued to build Jewish life – literally from the ground up – by uniting the local Jewish community and supporting the construction of the Jewish Community Campus in the 1980s. This structure remains a thriving center of Jewish life in Kansas City. We also continued to support local Jewish educational opportunities for Jews of all ages to create a deeper sense of Jewish identity.
We have remained at the hub of Jewish life – raising funds that sustain and enhance Jewish life in Kansas City, nationally, and around the world. Approximately 70% of the funds we raise each year stays in Kansas City to support programs that fall into 5 areas of service: Safety Net Services
, Youth & Family Services
, Senior Adult Services
, Jewish Identity & Education
, and Israel & Overseas
With your help, we will continue to provide a vibrant future for Jewish life in Kansas City.