Since 1911, JFS has been providing services to the greater St. Paul area, responding to the needs of both the Jewish community and the community at large. To learn more about the comprehensive services offered, please click on the corresponding links.
We’ve prepared a short video highlighting several client stories explaining the difference our services have made in their lives. Watch the video by clicking here.
Our programs include:
Aging and Disability Services – providing case management and healthcare coordination aimed at helping seniors remain safe in their communities. Special initiatives include our LEAP for Seniors (Life Enrichment Action Program).
Help for Holocaust Survivors – JFS is committed to ensuring that all Holocaust survivors receive the services they need to allow them to remain in their homes, living with dignity, for their remainder of their lives.
Employment – If you or someone you know is looking for gainful employment, JFS can help. We provide coaching, job readiness counseling, access to career training and a fully equipped Resource Center open daily.
Counseling – JFS provides individual and family counseling, and we accept most major health insurance programs.
Community Outreach – This service area includes our Family Life Education programs and Community Chaplaincy programs.
Family Life Education
- Next Chapter – Women who are navigating mid-life challenges are invited to join us for a session of our popular Next Chapter Series where we will introduce some tools and thought-provoking exercises to help you re-imagine new possibilities for the future and to take the first steps in moving forward. The next meeting is Sunday, October 7, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at JFS.
- Shalom Baby – New babies in the community will receive a wonderful basket full of SWAG items including a growth chart, night light, hot/cold pack, and an infant onesie, along with information from Jewish organizations, services and programs here in St Paul to shower baby and family with love.
- Shalom Baby Schmooze – In partnership with PJ Library and Newman School, JFS will offer Shalom Baby Schmooze from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Talmod Torah. This will be an ongoing program that will meet on the second Friday of each month. Parents are invited to bring their small children to socialize and play with other children in a safe, stimulating environment while parents enjoy connection and engagement with other parents. This play group opportunity is free and open to all.
- Parent Education Series. JFS is again partnering with PJ Library and Newman School to host speakers who are experts in current, relevant child rearing topics. The series will meet on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Newman on November 15, February 21, and April 4. In November, Talking to Your Child About Violence in the Media will be presented by Christina Kress, MSW, LICSW, with Minnetonka Counseling. Christina has been providing therapy to young children and families for over 12 years. Her experience ranges from working with children and families in the foster care system in Washington, DC and school settings for children with severe mental illness, to supervising an autism program for pre-school children, as well as family and play therapy in a clinic setting.
JFS will partner with the Jewish Community Center of Greater St. Paul (JCC), Shalom East, and Hineni to offer an educational afternoon for adults 50 and over called “Change-Makers; Thinking about Change?” on Sunday, November 4, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the JCC. The cost is $36 at the door. Financial assistance is available.
- Community Chaplaincy – The JFS Chaplain works with people from all communities who are in need of spiritual support and guidance. Community Chaplaincy also organizes and leads the Twin Cities Para-Chaplaincy Program. Click here to read more.
Case Management/Financial Assistance – JFS offers short term community case management services most appropriate to need. In conjunction with case management, clients may be able to access financial assistance when they meet program qualifications. Assistance provided includes emergency grants, small unsecured loans and secured loans through the Jewish Free Loan Program. Please call for additional information.
If you’re not sure we have the service you are looking for, please call us at 651-698-0767 and our qualified staff will help direct you to the appropriate resource. You may also contact us through the Contact Us page.