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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Making an Impact – Transforming Into a Good Kid

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. When 11-year-old Larry began counseling several years ago […]

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Helping Your Child with Back-To-School Anxiety

By Mitchell Wittenberg, Ph.D., LP, JFS Counseling Director The beginning of a new school year can leave many children and adolescents riddled with anxiety. While some can articulate their fears, many others express their anxiety with clinginess, temper tantrums, irritability, negativity, headaches or stomach aches, regressive behavior (baby talk, thumb-sucking), withdrawal, nightmares, or trouble sleeping. […]

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Reaching More People with Technology

by Avi Zadaka, Lead Counselor, Project Coordinator JFS has offered the grant-funded PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives) program for three years to older adults facing low mood and/or depression. PEARLS was researched and developed at the University of Washington in Seattle. This research indicates that increasing pleasurable activities may be as effective […]

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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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