A limited number of JFS staff are working from the JFS office at 1633 West 7th in St. Paul each Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Family Life Education (FLE)

Family Life Education (FLE)

Contact Jodi Saltzman, Community Engagement Manager, (651) 983-0965.

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.

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!

Please RSVP to Jodi Saltzman, Community Engagement Manager, at (651) 983-0965 or by email at jsaltzman@jfssp.org to be sent a link to join the next meeting on Zoom.

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. Email Jodi Saltzman if you know of a new baby in the community. This program is offered in partnership with St. Paul Jewish Federation.

21st Annual Conference on Mental Health

This year’s conference, Finding Strength through Resilience, will be held virtually on Sunday, Oct. 17. The keynote speaker will be Jeffrey Zuckerman, author of the award-winning memoir Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story. Jeff will discuss how, in the face of his wife’s late-onset severe illness, he has managed his own well-being through compassion, faith, education, and the loving support of his family and community.

Featured presenters will explore the topics of Grief, Post Traumatic Stress, Politics and Mental Health, and Talking with Children about the issues of our time.

Learn more and register here.


2020 Virtual Mental Health Conference

JFS mental health practitioner and PEARLS counselor Tara Burns, MA, and JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman, BCC, presented “COVID-19: I’m Doing OK, But Why Do I Feel So Sad?” Nearly 65 people watched Lynn and Tara’s presentation that helped participants understand the ongoing reality of living through a pandemic and the challenge it presents to comfort and well-being.

JFS therapist Beth Johnson, LMFT, presented “Cultivating Self-Compassion in Your Daily Life.” Ninety participants learned how to be more compassionate towards themselves, especially during times of struggles, and started a journey of self-discovery, letting go of the “shoulds” and unhelpful beliefs that are limiting.

Watch Lynn and Tara’s presentation “COVID-19: I’m Doing OK” here. Beth Johnson’s presentation “Cultivating Self-Compassion” is available here.


Parent Education Program

JFS invites the public to join the Parent Education Program: Planning for Fall and Beyond in the Era of COVID: Vaccinations, Safety and School-Aged Children on Wednesday, August 4, from 8:00 to 9:15PM via Zoom.

Join a panel of experts to explore how to navigate this phase of the pandemic. We will focus on how to best support the mental and physical health of our children as vaccinations open to younger children and safety measures and mandates change. Experts in mental health, pediatrics and public health will highlight crucial information to assist parents and caregivers in their planning and decision-making processes.

Come with questions for this interactive discussion made possible in partnership with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, PJ Library St. Paul and St. Paul Jewish Federation.

Contact Jodi Saltzman at jsaltzman@jfssp.org or Carrie Fink with questions. Register here.