To sustain and enhance Jewish Life at Home and Around the World.

Our Story

Our story starts 82 years ago in 1933 when a group of dedicated individuals came together to help local Jews in need during the Great Depression. At the time, they had no idea how important the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City would be.

A few years later World War II began and the world changed. The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City stepped in and became an ally in the rescue and resettlement of European Jews during the war.

Our work didn’t stop when the war was over. In the 1970s and 80s, Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City spearheaded Kansas City’s resettlement operation of more than 1,000 Jewish Soviet immigrants, providing everything from furnished apartments to job assistance, and educational opportunities for displaced adults and their children.

Today we are a community agency housed in the Jewish Community Campus—a thriving center of Jewish life in Kansas City. Our story still resonates in our work today. We bring people together to get involved and invest in our community, resulting in opportunities for all types of Jewish people and families. Through our network of partners, we help feed, clothe, comfort, and inspire people here at home and in more than 60 countries worldwide.

The heart of what we do remains the same as when we first started in 1933—to sustain and enhance Jewish life in Kansas City and around the world.