About Us

 

The story of the Jewish Heritage Foundation begins more than seven decades ago when Menorah Hospital opened its doors at 49th and Rockhill Road in Kansas City, Missouri.  Built and supported primarily by the Jewish community, the hospital served all people of Greater Kansas City, regardless of race, ethnicity or ability to pay.

Jewish tradition holds that every act of goodness -- every mitzvah commanded by the Torah -- contributes to the ultimate repair of the world (tikkun olam), and that feeding the hungry, healing the sick and comforting the bereaved are building blocks for redemption.

The elements of Jewish Heritage that shaped Menorah Medical Center and helped it thrive -- passion for excellence, reverence for learning, commitment to justice and nondiscrimination, and dedication to charity and acts of loving-kindness -- live on in the Jewish Heritage Foundation.

Created in 1994 when Menorah Medical Center joined Health Midwest, the Jewish Heritage Foundation remains deeply committed to Menorah's tradition of healing and compassionate service.  The mission of the Foundation is to

 

promote health and general well-being in the Kansas City metropolitan area,
with a priority to serve the Jewish community.

 

Over the past sixteen years, the Jewish Heritage Foundation has distributed over $30 million, with the majority of the funds going to Jewish agencies and programs.

 

Charity is equal in importance to all the other commandments combined.
(Babylonians Talmud, Bava Bathra 9a)