Vital Elders Program Continues to Support Russian Survivors

The Vital Elders program, funded by our Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) grant, has been very busy supporting Russian survivors. The program is designed to reduce isolation and depression among survivors through person-centered, trauma-informed care to promote dignity, strength and empowerment. Program coordinator Rena Fedorova provided flowers and a call to everyone participating in […]

A Lot of Fun and Laughs Highlight JFS-ON-A-SCHTICK

After months and months of worry, stress and staying apart from one another, nearly 100 friends got together for an hour of entertainment and a few laughs at the JFS-ON-A-SCHTICK Variety Show on August 26. “I wanted to find a way to come together,” said JFS CEO Ruth Olkon. “And to say thank you to […]

Vote Early by Absentee Ballot

If you would like help understanding how to vote by mail in the November election, JFS can help. The Voter Assistance program is well-suited for individuals who have a range of experience and exposure to technology. JFS has trained volunteers to walk you through the process step by step, with detailed help. All calls will […]

JFS Services Continue

Contact your healthcare provider with questions or to access vaccination information. During the spread of COVID-19, JFS is committed to keeping staff, visitors and community safe while we continue to provide human services to improve well-being and quality of life. We continue to closely follow the recommendations and implement best practices provided by the Centers […]

Virtual Shalom Baby Shower

JFS will join St. Paul and Minneapolis PJ Library as we welcome you and your little ones ages 0 to 2, to the Jewish community during Shalom Baby Shower, Sunday, September 13 from 10 to 11AM. Join us online for a special morning with baby blessings from local Rabbis. Grab your shakers from the swag […]

July Tribute Gifts

Debbie Vertelney made a donation wishing Renee Heisler, Gila Spero and Paula Edelstein a return to good health. Marjorie Sigel contributed in honor and appreciation of Ruth Olkon. Jay Krasnow made a gift in honor of Alexander Martin Chan’s special birthday and in honor of Judith Krasnow’s very special birthday. Karen Rosen made a donation […]

Send Cards and Greetings to Isolated Elders

We have launched a new volunteer opportunity through a partnership with The Compassion Museum (TCM) to reach out to isolated elders through telephone visits. Eight JFS volunteers have already committed to participate in their Card Campaign  — a simple, yet powerful way for you to make an impact on the lives of vulnerable community members who are lonely and confused […]

JFS Partnership with United Family Medicine Continues During COVID

by Chris Kellogg, JD, Aging Services Director What began in early 2019 as a discussion with two United Family Medicine residents about collaboration in the area of Advanced Care Planning has grown into an ongoing partnership addressing end-of-life concerns for our West End community. Despite Stay Home restrictions, we hosted a successful virtual event highlighting […]

How To Help Your Child With Back-To-School Anxiety, COVID Edition

by Avi-Natan Zakada, LGSW, Lead Counselor of JFS PEARLS Program In a ‘normal’ summer, children are frolicking out by the creek, sending postcards from camp, or screaming with excitement at Valleyfair. Adults are planning vacations, getting together with family and friends, and enjoying play dates with their young children. As the summer comes to an […]