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J Associates

Building Lifelong Friendships!

The J Associates is a support auxiliary of the Jewish Community Center of St. Louis. Working and socializing together, and helping those in need builds lifelong friendships and support groups that have become a trade mark of the J Associates organization. With the dedication and commitment of over 550 members, the J Associates continue to make a difference in the lives of so many.

Part of the mission of this dynamic organization is to raise money, which is then allocated annually to departments at the J.  These departments then use the funds for scholarships and programs. Touching all ages from infants to the frail elderly, the J Associates have contributed to important programs such as Home Delivered Meals and Theatre Unlimited for adults with special needs; scholarships allowing children to attend camps and early childhood services. 

Where It All started!

Beginning in 1985 as a small group of caring women who saw a need for volunteer help at the J gift shop, the J Associates has grown to an organization of more than 500 members who have allocated nearly one million dollars! The J Associates members have a wonderful time, combining social activities and raising money to help others while building camaraderie and making new contacts and friends. Through exciting events such as Dancing in the Loop, Toast of the Town and BBB, events at St. Louis' hottest locations and dynamic speakers, the members of J Associates are a diverse group who give back to the St. Louis community.


Give to the Bess and Max Broder J Associates Tribute Fund

Bess and Max Broder met at a dance more than 71 years ago at the YMHA, the predecessor of the J. That was a beginning of many decades and 3 generations of involvement at the J for the Broder / Potashnick families. Activities at the J that were significant to family members included Camp Hawthorn, Camp Sabra, day camps, sports, BBYO and J Associates. Upon the passing of Bess and Max Broder, their children, Barry, Bruce and Bobbi Potashnick created the Bess and Max Broder J Associates Endowment Fund that is designated to be dispersed to the annual allocations of J Associates. The family felt that J Associates was the best instrument to distribute funds to multiple significant programs throughout the J. The family is proud to be the first and only J Associates Endowment Fund.

Interested in becoming more involved? Complete our 2014 Interest Form
Check out the J Associates Facebook Page for more information. 

Upcoming Events

Party with a Purpose - J Associates Membership Event

As we welcome new members to the J Associates, we proudly recognize the sweet success of the past 30 years, and look forward to our many future accomplishments. 

Let’s PARTY WITH A PURPOSE! We will celebrate our birthday by creating Birthday-in-a-Bag gifts to donate to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. It’s the perfect recipe to ensure birthday smiles! Thank you for making our birthday so special, by helping us give back to the community.

Monday, October 19, 2015
11:30am – 1:30pm

9214 Clayton Road
Ladue, MO 63124

RSVP by October 12, 2015
There is no cost to attend; RSVP required
Please email
Lisa Vento, 314-442-3162

View the Invite


Mitzvah Stars

Every year, the J Associates awards men and women in our community who perform acts of kindness, or mitzvot, with the Mitzvah Star award. Recipients are nominated by J Associates members, with the presentation made to the awardees at the J Associates annual meeting/luncheon. Check back here for the 2016 nomination form.


J Associates 2015-16 General Board   J Associates 2015-16 Executive Board

For more information on J Associates, please contact Robin Rickerman, 314-442-3275


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