JFS Supports JCRC Statement

We support the statement of our partner, JCRC, demanding justice for the killing of George Floyd. JCRC acts as the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, fighting antisemitism and prejudice and promoting tolerance and social justice. Read the full statement here: https://www.minndakjcrc.org/news/jcrc-demands-justice-for-george-floyd/ JCRC Demands Justice for George Floyd To George’s family and friends, please […]

JFS Receives Additional Grant Funding

JFS has received two grants to be used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the Otto Bremer Trust grant it received in April. The St. Paul Jewish Federation awarded a $20,000 grant to JFS from its emergency COVID-19 grant funds. The funds come from a grant the Federation received from the Minnesota […]

JFS Services Continue Remotely Through Summer

As the COVID pandemic continues and Minnesota shifts to a new Stay Safe order, health and safety remain the first concerns of JFS. The agency continues to monitor the governor’s directives and evaluate information from the Minnesota Department of Public Health. With that information, the office on West Seventh in St. Paul remains closed. JFS […]

April Tribute Gifts

Rena and Barry Glaser made a gift in honor of David and Fern Sanders’ birthdays and another gift in memory of Jerily Mathisrud’s mother. Ruth Olkon donated in honor of Tom Frishberg’s service as president of the JFS Board of Directors and in memory of Debbie Vertelney’s dear friend. Myndal Davis Silver made a gift […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

by Sara Wellington, MA, ATR, LPC JFS Art Therapist & Mental Health Counselor As trees turn green and flowers emerge from the ground, May is appropriately known as Mental Health Awareness month—a time for awakenings and new beginnings. Under the COVID-19 pandemic however, this May is unlike any other. We are being faced with unbelievable […]

New Community Support Program Offers Free Counseling

During this unprecedented time of uncertainly, many people are understandably expressing increased feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. In response to the need for additional mental health services, we developed our new Community Support Program that includes three 20-minute phone conversations with one of our mental health professionals at no cost. Recognizing that many of us […]

Making an Impact – Lack of In-Person Visits Makes Assessment Difficult

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. “I took the need for face to face […]

Friendly Visitors Available to Chat

JFS’s new Friendly Remote Visitor program (FRV), created to combat the isolation and loneliness of the COVID-19 stay at home directive, has recruited and trained a group of volunteers who are eager to help. FRV partners are discovering many new resources to turn to for fun, learning, and connecting with the community. Tom, a gentleman […]

Open the Door to Conversations

JFS will offer Open the Door to Conversations, Monday, May 18, from 4:00 to 5:00PM via Zoom. Join the conversation about advanced care directives and end of life care. The event is free and open to the public. During the event, a mother and daughter will share their conversation about their wishes. Hear from doctors […]

#StayHomeMN Celebration of Service Fundraiser

This year, we will honor the work of JFS by not gathering for our Celebration of Service. Instead, we are expanding our service to the community to meet the need for increased counseling and support services, requests for Kosher Meals on Wheels, emergency financial assistance and connection with our community chaplain. We invite you to […]