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 is a 501(c)3 non-profit 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.
Inspired by Jewish values, Jewish Family Service helps individuals and families build on their strengths to develop the skills and confidence to meet life’s challenges with dignity.
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).
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 3,000 people each year. Our client demographics speak to our ability to reach and help all people. Caucasian, African-American, Somali, Hmong, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. A full 71% of our Aging and Disability Services client do not speak English and nearly half of our clients are not elderly as we continue to expand our scope of services.