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Family Life Education (FLE)

Family Life Education (FLE)

Contact Jodi Saltzman, Community Engagement Manager, (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.

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) 313-6623 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.

Annual Mental Health Conference

Nearly 500 people “attended” the 2020 Virtual Mental Health Conference via Zoom in October.

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.

A recording of each presentation is available on the Jewish Family and Children’s Services website. Watch Lynn and Tara’s presentation “COVID-19: I’m Doing OK” here. Beth Johnson’s presentation “Cultivating Self-Compassion” is available here.


The 2021 conference will be held on Sunday, October 17. Watch for more details.

Pregnancy and Newborn Support During a Pandemic

Everyone in the world is worried right now—we are worried about our collective well-being, and of course, we are worried about ourselves and our own unique circumstances. If you are pregnant or just had a baby during this wild time, you likely have even more on your mind.

You are not alone! If you’re currently pregnant or at home with a newborn, please join this virtual group for other Jewish parents in similar situations. Topics will include navigating changes in prenatal/postnatal care and birth plans, returning home after baby is born, how to schedule a bris/baby naming, and anything else that’s on your mind. Partners are encouraged to attend as schedules allow.

Watch for details regarding the fall meeting coming soon!

This series is presented in partnership with PJ Library of Minneapolis and PJ Library of St. Paul.  Contact Jodi Saltzman for more information.