Rabbi Liberman Will Present at Mental Health Conference

JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman will present a workshop at the 19th Annual Mental Health Education Conference, Sunday, October 20 from 10AM to 4PM at Temple Israel. “The Wholeness of Being: Caring for Our Spiritual Self” is intended for those of faith, little faith or no faith who are looking for ways to care […]

Harvesting Fun and Purpose Through Cross-Generational Good Deeds

JFS recently partnered with Sholom to harvest the vegetable gardens on their campus to be used by Open Arms of Minnesota (OAM), a worthy organization in our community. OAM has an urban farm adjacent to Sholom that they utilize in the fresh, organic meals they prepare and deliver to people with life-threatening illnesses throughout the […]

National Depression Screening Day

National Depression Screening Day is Thursday, October 10. Like a diabetes screen or blood pressure check, hospitals, clinics and community organizations encourage everyone to be screened for depression. Depression effects more than 17 million people worldwide, which is about seven percent of the population. Depression has a wide variety of symptoms and can manifest differently […]

Next Chapter Series Meets in October

JFS invites women who are navigating or embarking on a mid-life journey to another session of the popular Next Chapter Series on Sunday, October 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the JFS Board Room. Participation is free. JFS Art Therapist Sara Wellington, MA, LPC, ATR, joined October’s Next Chapter session to help facilitate a discussion on gratitude […]

Mental Health Conference Will Feature Jazz Musician Sam Miltich

The 19th annual Mental Health Education Conference sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community, “Creating Healing and All that Jazz,” will be held 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, October 20, at Temple Israel. The event is free and open to people of all faiths and will feature a keynote address from Sam Miltich, a […]

Deadline to Apply to Become a Volunteer Para-Chaplain is October 11

As a way to bring a listening presence to those in need of spiritual support and encouragement, in particular to the unaffiliated, marginalized, limited in mobility or forgotten Jews of the Twin Cities, our Community Chaplaincy is offering training for a second para-chaplaincy cohort. Para-chaplains are specially trained volunteers who, under the direction of the Community […]

Mental Health Conference October 20 Will Feature Jazz Musician Sam Miltich

The 19th annual Mental Health Education Conference sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community, “Creating Healing and All that Jazz,” will be held from 10AM to 3:45PM Sunday, October 20, at Temple Israel in Minneapolis. The event, which is free and open to all people, will feature a keynote address from Sam Miltich, a renowned […]

National Suicide Prevention Month 

by Mitchell Wittenberg, Ph.D., LP, JFS Counseling Director September is National Suicide Prevention Month when mental health professionals, advocates, prevention organizations, suicide survivors, and allied community members come together to draw attention to the problem of suicide while working together for the prevention of this public health tragedy. According to the National Institute of Mental Health […]

Making an Impact – Case Manager Persistence Pays Off for Holocaust Survivor

In the Making an Impact series, clients and services are featured to expand awareness of the wide array of help available at JFS and to ensure donors understand the lives they touch and the difference they make throughout the community. Client names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. Holocaust survivor Sheldon lives independently and uses a […]

Para-Chaplaincy: Walking in the Ways of God

“I never knew what it would mean to deeply listen to the life story of another person.” “It is a privilege when a client shares and is willing to trust someone.” In their own words, our volunteer para-chaplains share the extraordinary privilege they feel in being present to another through deep listening and having an […]