The heart of our mission is to serve the Jewish people of Central Iowa, reaching all ages and supporting diverse needs and interests. Our core pillars—education, outreach, community and history—and their related programs and services offer comprehensive support to our community.

Education

From early childhood to 12th grade, the Federation supports high quality education. Gan Shalom Pre-School, Beit Sefer Shalom and Engman Camp Shalom help build a sense of Jewish identity and enable youth of all faiths to enjoy learning in a nurturing environment.

Family & Senior Outreach

Jewish Family Services provides critical support to growing families, recent Jewish immigrants in Iowa, and senior citizens. By offering emergency resources and social programs, we’re able to help vulnerable community members stay connected, healthy, and secure in their homes.

Civic Action & Awareness

The Federation serves as the voice of the Jewish community thanks to the Jewish Community Relations Commision. By communicating through the Jewish Press and other tools, the Commission raises awareness about the current affairs that affect Jews here at home and in Israel. We also support community building through Partnership2Gether and our Israeli sister city, Akko.

Jewish History

Through the efforts of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society and Iowa Holocaust Memorial, we work to preserve our Jewish heritage, honor the lives lost in the Holocaust, and recognize the survivors that immigrated to Iowa.


Give the Gift of Communiity

Our pillars are aimed to support the Jewish community here in Des Moines and connect us with Jewish communities in Israel and around the world. We’re upholding these pillars to enrich and improve the quality of Jewish life. Help us do more with your support!