Meet Ira Kipp

“When I was a kid at Mount Zion,” said JFS board member Ira Kipp, “we had a recognition tree and you could buy an engraved leaf to put on it to plant a tree in Israel. As a kid I thought ‘why would I want to give to someone else when I don’t have much […]

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New CEO Joins JFS September 3

At the beginning of July, the board of directors of Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) announced the selection of Ruth Hampton Olkon as Chief Executive Officer effective September 3. Ruth previously held the position of Manager of Community Health Improvement at Allina Health where she expanded services to help drive better health outcomes […]

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Making an Impact – Care Planning

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. Harry, a successful salesman, had a wonderful family–two […]

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June Tribute Gifts

In Honor of the marriage of Rabbi Tamar Grimm and Andrew Magill Re’ema Absey Lorin, Scott, Adam, Talia & Ella Godes Jonathan Grad Ioni & Laura Gueron Leslie Hahn Lorraine Hertz Bruce Kessler Richard Markovitz Belina Reisman Allison Roba Ellen R. Rolnitzky April M. Shaw Emma Stout Alex Treitler In honor of Chris Rosenthal Barbara […]

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Dementia Friends Helps Build Dementia-Friendly Communities

In 2010 the State of MN passed legislation requiring the state to prepare for the huge impact Alzheimer’s disease will have on our population and our resources over the next few decades. One of the five areas the state identified as needing attention is helping communities become dementia capable.The state chose five pilot communities for […]

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Help Improve Air Travel for People with Dementia

A new online survey has been launched to collect air travel experiences of persons living with dementia and their travel companions, from booking flights to arriving at their travel destination. The MSP Dementia-Friendly Airport Project is led by Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (Roseville A/D) and includes officials from MSP, the Brisbane Airport […]

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Making an Impact – Making an Impact Improves Quality of Life

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. The JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist received a call […]

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More Americans than Ever Before are Volunteering

According to a CNN article, the latest statistics released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) indicate the US is riding a wave of generosity driven by millions of people who freely offer their time, labor, and expertise. Read the full report here. It comes as no surprise to JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon […]

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Germany Extends Holocaust Compensation to Survivor Spouses

This article is taken from the July 8 issue of the Times of Israel. BERLIN (AP) — The organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis said Tuesday that Germany has agreed to extend compensation to their surviving spouses and to increase other payments, taking the total to be paid […]

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