Family Life Education (FLE)

Family Life Education (FLE)

Contact Jodi Saltzman, Family Life Education Coordinator, (651) 313-6623.

FLE provides opportunities for individuals and families to enhance and improve the knowledge and skills required for effective family living. FLE is prevention education and takes an educational approach rather than a therapeutic approach.

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 with the needs and concerns associated with their aging parents, this doesn’t come as a surprise.

To meet this demand, the three agencies have teamed up again to offer Conversations that Matter with Dick Edwards, author, teacher, and retired Mayo Clinic eldercare specialist on Sunday, September 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the St. Paul JCC. His book – Mom, Dad…Can We Talk? Insight and Perspectives to Help Us Do What’s Best for Our Aging Parents has been acclaimed as a “read-me-first” for adult children dealing with the concerns and issues of aging parents. Learn more about his book at

Edwards has 36 years of experience working closely with older adults and their families at Lutheran Social Services, Methodist Hospital, Madsen Corporation and Mayo Clinic’s Charter House, a nationally recognized model for excellence in retirement living and long-term health care. He has traveled the country speaking to over 130 audiences of appreciative adult children and professionals. He has consulted in the US, Malaysia, Norway and Ireland.

The cost of the event is $18 per person and includes coffee, tea and an assortment of breakfast breads. Seating is limited. Advance registration is recommended here.

Sunday, September 8
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
St. Paul JCC

Next Chapter Series

Women who are navigating mid-life challenges are invited to join this popular series to re-imagine new possibilities for the future and to take the first steps in moving forward. The interactive series will inspire and energize you as you begin to turn these possibilities into realities. Discover your true purpose and gain the confidence you need to make your next step the right step!

Sunday, October 6
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
JFS Board Room
1633 West 7th Street, St. Paul
Exploring gratitude using art therapy presented by JFS Art Therapist and Psychotherapist Sara Wellington.

Sunday, January 12, 2020
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
JFS Board Room
1633 West 7th Street, St. Paul
Aging and Friendships presented by Ruth Markowitz.

Sunday, April 19, 2020
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
JFS Board Room
1633 West 7th Street, St. Paul
Relationships and parenting our adult children presented by JFS Therapist Beth Johnson.

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. Call JFS if you know of a new baby in the community.

Annual Mental Health Conference

This annual conference strives to raise awareness of mental health issues, provide support for individuals and families, and offer education on topics affecting all ages. It is offered on a Sunday afternoon in the fall and includes a keynote address and workshops covering a variety of mental health issues affecting youth to people in the later stages of life.

The Conference is sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community and is free and open to people of all faiths.

Look for information on the 2019 Conference in July.

Bi-Annual Fall Conference for Adults

Join JFS and other Jewish agencies for a day of workshops and panels to explore making change in mid-life and beyond. Be inspired by stories, experiences and strategies. A keynote speaker, wide variety of workshops, informational booths, and a happy hour make this a Sunday afternoon filled with learning and inspiration for people of all faiths.

Watch for 2020 details including date, speakers, cost, and registration in the summer of 2020.