Community Chaplain Will Have Help Delivering Holiday Programs to Clients

JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman, BCC, announces the addition of Volunteer Chaplain Cantor Deb Winston to the Community Chaplaincy program. Deb and her husband recently returned to the St. Paul area after serving several communities on the east coast. She became a cantor through Hebrew Union college after working for more than 20 years as […]

PEARLS Team Changes

JFS announces the promotion of Tara Burns, MA, to Lead PEARLS counselor. Tara earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Adler Graduate School with an interest in specializing in aging, older adults, life transitions, loss and grief and caregiver support. In addition, JFS UCare Care Coordinator Miley Anderson, MSW, LGSW, has moved […]

JFS Department Restructure Creates Position and Promotions

JFS is pleased to announce the promotion of four case management staff members as a result of growth in Aging & Disability Services. Taylor Solfest, LGSW, who joined JFS in 2017, has been promoted to Medica Supervisor. All Medica team members will report to Taylor in her new position. The team has experienced significant growth […]

JFS Receives Grant From Federation’s Yad B’Yad Campaign

The St. Paul Jewish Federation has announced that JFS will receive a total of $80,000 in grants from its St. Paul Jewish Community Campaign for COVID Relief, Yad B’Yad. The funds will be used to provide additional financial assistance, support the Kosher Meals on Wheels program, start-up costs for adding a part-time therapist to the […]

Passover for All Planning Has Begun

Just as our annual Passover programs had been fully developed last year, the world tilted due to COVID, and we had to re-think everything. JFS, as well as everyone else, longs for the day we can all return to in-person events and programs. But until that day, we are offering our annual Passover programs including […]

December Tribute Gifts

Raline Paper donated in honor of Dr. Richard Smookler’s birthday. Rena Glaser contributed in memory of Michael Wagner. Steve Godes made a gift in honor of Steve Levin. Elizabeth Doherty donated. Sarah Levine contributed in memory of Rita Stollman Levin. Myndal Davis Silver made a gift in honor of Rita Levin. Rena Glaser donated in […]

JFS Conducts Virtual PEARLS Training

JFS conducted PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors) training for professionals including counselors, therapists, social workers, nurses and administrators. Twenty-three people representing six agencies participated in the training. Their backgrounds vary from social workers, community health workers, and other mental health professionals from students to seasoned professionals. “Avi and Kaci [instructors] are doing […]

JFS Community Chaplain to Receive Honorary Degree

JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman, BCC, will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 31, at noon. Rabbi Liberman was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1993. She served as a congregational rabbi for over 20 […]

JFS Receives MN DHS Grant to Expand Mental Health Services for Older Adults and Caregivers

JFS has received a two-year Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services Aging and Adult Services division totaling $347,280. The grant will be used to help older community members maintain their health, independence and community involvement by expanding on the current Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) […]

Making an Impact: More Important Than Ever to Come Together

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. During her care management assessment, Brenda quietly cried as her JFS case manager offered to ensure she […]