JFS Therapist Offers Perspective During COVID in Professional Organization Newsletter

An article entitled “A Buddhist’s Perspective of COVID,” written by JFS therapist Beth Johnson, LMFT, was recently published in the Minnesota Women in Psychology newsletter. Beth has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings for the past 20 years. Beth has extensive experience working with grief and loss, recovery […]

Making an Impact – Remote Therapy Requires a Phone

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. During the COVID pandemic, JFS PEARLS counselors who […]


This year, we are not able to gather for our annual fundraiser, Celebration of Service. With this cancellation, our revenue and reserves have suffered large losses. We have incurred significant costs to enable JFS employees to work remotely so that we can continue to provide life-saving human services to the community. Our fundraising goal for […]

Support for Expecting & New Parents

This virtual series is designed to provide support and education to expecting parents as well as parents of newborns. It is made possible by support from Jewish Family and Children’s Service and PJ Library in St. Paul and Minneapolis. To register, email Jodi Saltzman, JFS Community Engagement Manager, at jsaltzman@jfssp.org to receive the Zoom link. […]

JFS Supports JCRC Statement

We support the statement of our partner, JCRC, demanding justice for the killing of George Floyd. JCRC acts as the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, fighting antisemitism and prejudice and promoting tolerance and social justice. Read the full statement here: https://www.minndakjcrc.org/news/jcrc-demands-justice-for-george-floyd/ JCRC Demands Justice for George Floyd To George’s family and friends, please […]

JFS Receives Additional Grant Funding

JFS has received two grants to be used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the Otto Bremer Trust grant it received in April. The St. Paul Jewish Federation awarded a $20,000 grant to JFS from its emergency COVID-19 grant funds. The funds come from a grant the Federation received from the Minnesota […]

JFS Services Continue Remotely Through Summer

As the COVID pandemic continues and Minnesota shifts to a new Stay Safe order, health and safety remain the first concerns of JFS. The agency continues to monitor the governor’s directives and evaluate information from the Minnesota Department of Public Health. With that information, the office on West Seventh in St. Paul remains closed. JFS […]

April Tribute Gifts

Rena and Barry Glaser made a gift in honor of David and Fern Sanders’ birthdays and another gift in memory of Jerily Mathisrud’s mother. Ruth Olkon donated in honor of Tom Frishberg’s service as president of the JFS Board of Directors and in memory of Debbie Vertelney’s dear friend. Myndal Davis Silver made a gift […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

by Sara Wellington, MA, ATR, LPC JFS Art Therapist & Mental Health Counselor As trees turn green and flowers emerge from the ground, May is appropriately known as Mental Health Awareness month—a time for awakenings and new beginnings. Under the COVID-19 pandemic however, this May is unlike any other. We are being faced with unbelievable […]

New Community Support Program Offers Free Counseling

During this unprecedented time of uncertainly, many people are understandably expressing increased feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. In response to the need for additional mental health services, we developed our new Community Support Program that includes three 20-minute phone conversations with one of our mental health professionals at no cost. Recognizing that many of us […]