About JFS


For more than a century, JFS has been providing services to the greater St. Paul area, responding to the needs of both the Jewish community and the community at large. To learn more about the comprehensive services offered, please click on the corresponding links below.

About Jewish Family Service of St. Paul

In the spring of 1911, six prominent Jewish businessmen met to draft a Document of Incorporation for The Jewish Charities of St. Paul, Minnesota. The organization was created to provide charity to impoverished Jewish refugees fleeing Eastern Europe.

Today, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides programs and services that help people from all walks of life meet the planned and unplanned changes in their lives. The Charities Review Council has granted JFS its Seal of Approval.



Our Mission

Inspired by Jewish values, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul helps individuals and families build on their strengths to develop the skills and confidence to meet life’s challenges with dignity.


Our Values

Jewish values are the foundation of our work at JFS. We are always guided by chesed (kindness), tzedakah (justice), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).


Our Vision

To be one of greater St. Paul’s most effective organizations in helping people from diverse cultural backgrounds successfully navigate the expected and unexpected changes in their lives.

JFS serves more than 4,200 people each year. Our client demographics speak to our ability to reach and help all people, Caucasian, African-American, Somali, Jewish, Christian and Muslim.