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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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1911 Society of Legacy Donors Donor Recognition Tree Unveiled

JFS Board President Tom Frishberg unveiled the new 1911 Society of Legacy Donors recognition tree in the JFS Board Room during a reception on August 26. After wine and desserts, Susan Lieberman from It’s Your Legacy thanked JFS and its supporters for their generous work to ensure a strong future for the agency. President Frishberg […]

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Jewish Community Population Study

The Minneapolis and St. Paul Jewish Federations, in partnership with Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, are currently conducting a study of members of the Jewish community in the Twin Cities. We have been assisting these organizations in their efforts to reach out to the local Jewish community. If you are invited to […]

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JFS and Sholom Partner to Enrich the Lives of Elders and the Greater Community

JFS is partnering with Sholom to bring the benefits of gardening to Sholom residents as we volunteer together to share the bounty of the season with a worthy organization in the greater community, Open Arms of Minnesota. We’re seeking 15-20 friends to support residents by volunteering to harvest and package garden produce on Thursday, September […]

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New Para-Chaplain Training Opportunity this Fall

JFS is excited to announce the launch of our second Para-Chaplain Cohort, the unique and in-depth training of volunteers to work with Jews in need throughout our Twin Cities community. The training will be held on Mondays for seven weeks from November 4 through December 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at JFS. Our extensive […]

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Difficult Conversations: Adult Children and their Aging Parents

It is a common topic of conversation these days among those whose parents are facing the impacts of aging. “My Mom has fallen three times within the past few months and I’m so worried about her.” “Since my Mom died, my Dad seems down. His mobility is so limited; he rarely leaves the house anymore.” […]

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Mom, Dad…Can We Talk?

Last November, JFS partnered with Sholom and the St. Paul JCC to offer the “Thinking of Change?” forum designed for people facing the changes that mid-life often brings. Over and over, we heard participants ask for more workshops and information on caring for aging parents. With 75 million Americans between ages 40 and 60 dealing […]

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JFS PEARLS Team Presents at State Conference

By Rachel Potter, LISW During the last week of July, the JFS PEARLS counselors were invited to present at the Minnesota Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference in Duluth, Minnesota. The conference was attended by more than 1,500 professionals from across the state, all with an interest in addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by individuals […]

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