Community Initiative to Strengthen Families

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About us

Founded in 1998 by a small group of dedicated lay leaders, the Community Initiative to Strengthen Families (CISF) is an Orthodox and Torah observant organization that has been helping all Jewish families in St. Louis in the areas of shalom bayis and chinuch habanim for the past 25 years. Our goal is to connect the community members with resources to maximize personal and communal growth in these areas in partnership with local and national organizations.


“Dedicated to building a stronger St. Louis community by helping to build stronger families”

Programming and Events

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Past Events

Relationship-Based Parenting

Community Lecture

October 17, 2023

Referral Guides

Our referral guides are designed as a resource to facilitate access to professionals who can meet the social-emotional and educational needs of you and your loved ones.

Education support
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Looking for a mental health service provider? Connect with a respresentative of Relief Midwest for a referral that is customized to address your specific needs.

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Additional Resources

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Listen to the latest experts in chinuch, shalom bayis and mental health

The CISF Team:

Orli Axelbaum

Suri Botuck

Avigail Brown

Lynda Cohen

Devora Feigenbaum

Miriam Gewirtz

Gitty Greengart

Shoshana Kowalsky

D'vorah Miller

Susie Rosenblum

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