Our building has been closed, but JFS continues to serve the community remotely during COVID-19. Click here to read our full message updated 3/20/2020 at 12:30 p.m.

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.

REEL People, REAL Lives Documentary Film Series

This documentary film series has been created to raise awareness and help de-stigmatize mental health issues.

Exploring a diverse array of concerns while introducing us to a fascinating assortment of people facing and seeing their way through various life hurdles, the films introduce us to individuals dealing with such issues as autism, depression and bipolar disorder, suicidality, or more simply, being different from others.

A panel discussion and audience Q & A facilitated by local mental health professionals will follow each film. All the events in this film series are free and open to the public. Contact Jodi Saltzman for information at (651) 313-6623.

February 9, 2020, 1-3:30PM, St. Paul JCC
In the first movie in the series, a nonspeaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights. The documentary film “Deej,” with its insider view of autism, challenges us all to live inclusion.

Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese (Deej) found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes-paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he discovers what having a voice can truly mean.

Click here to register for “Deej.”

May 17, 2020, 1-3:30PM, JFCS MPLS
Movie to be announced.

September 13, 2020, 1-3:30PM, St. Paul JCC
Movie to be announced.

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!

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. This program is offered in partnership with St. Paul Jewish Federation.

Annual Mental Health Conference

Sunday, October 18, 2020
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 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 more information on the conference in February.

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.