- David Weiss, Age 50
- Past president, Jewish Family & Children’s Service board; recent winner of Federation Innovation Grant
- Wealth manager, second-generation Jewish community volunteer, husband, and dad to Jonathan
- Gives to invest in his son’s future
“This is our community to grow and take pride in”
David Weiss is driven by the idea that his son Jonathan should have the same strong Jewish community that he has had. “That’s why I’m giving my time and energy now,” David says.
From serving as past Board President of Jewish Family & Children’s Service to creating Justice Desserts, a speaker’s series focusing on social justice issues that was awarded an Innovation Grant from Federation, David is working toward Jonathan’s future. “I want this community to grow and thrive, so that when Jonathan is in high school and college, when he starts his own life, he will have the same support and foundation that I had,” he says.
Justice Desserts is the result of David’s strong belief that engaging now with the next generation of Jewish leaders is critical. “If we don’t reach out to connect with them on issues they care about, like social justice, we won’t have a community to worry about,” he says.
Reflecting on Federation’s role in St. Louis, David believes: “Federation is the link, the thread that runs through us all, connecting us to our heritage and one another. A strong Federation means a strong Jewish community.” David’s story is our story.