5th Annual Celebration of Service to Honor Barry and Rena Glaser

JFS announces the honorees for the 5th Annual Celebration of Service on Thursday May 13, 2021, from 7:00 to 7:30PM. The event can be accessed here and will stream live on the JFS Facebook page. Rena and Barry Glaser will receive the Community Service Award for their outstanding, ongoing commitment to JFS and the community. […]


Through your incredible generosity, JFS has exceeded its goal of $40,000 for our #StayHomeMN Celebration of Service, raising $41,000! Your gift to JFS allows us to assist thousands of people who face the most ordinary and extraordinary circumstances in their lives. People like 82-year-old Kwan. Her insurance denied a stair lift for her so she […]


This year, we are not able to gather for our annual fundraiser, Celebration of Service. With this cancellation, our revenue and reserves have suffered large losses. We have incurred significant costs to enable JFS employees to work remotely so that we can continue to provide life-saving human services to the community. Our fundraising goal for […]

#StayHomeMN Celebration of Service Fundraiser

This year, we will honor the work of JFS by not gathering for our Celebration of Service. Instead, we are expanding our service to the community to meet the need for increased counseling and support services, requests for Kosher Meals on Wheels, emergency financial assistance and connection with our community chaplain. We invite you to […]

Meet Dawn Parker, Owner of Woodbury Nothing Bundt Cakes

If you attended the recent Celebration of Service, you probably received a small brown paper bag on your way out of the event that contained the most delicious cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. We’d like to introduce you to the owner of the store in Woodbury, Dawn Parker. “My grandson and I were volunteering in […]

Meet the Photographer Behind the Camera

There were so many supporters at the Celebration of Service: donors, sponsors, volunteers, and guests. Meet one of the generous donors, photographer Sofya Barth of Sofy BB Photography who donated her professional photography services to the event. After Sofy finished her tour with the Israeli Air Force as a sergeant in 2004, she attended Haifa […]

Passion for Agency Common Theme in Celebration of Service Speakers

We couldn’t have ordered better weather for our 3rd Annual Celebration of Service on June 2. The beautiful day seemed to set the tone for the entire event. Ted Flaum, our former CEO, held back his emotions as he thanked everyone for their support during his five year tenure at JFS. Ted has taken the […]

3rd Annual Celebration of Service Fundraiser

Mark your calendars now for our annual Celebration of Service. The event will include Senator and mental health advocate Al Franken. Retiring staff members Dora Lender and Chris Rosenthal will be our honorees.

3rd Annual Celebration of Service Jazz Brunch

Tickets are now on sale for our annual Celebration of Service Jazz Brunch, a fundraiser to benefit Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, on Sunday, June 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Midpointe Event Center in St. Paul. We will honor Service Award recipients Dora Lender, newly retired JFS Senior Bilingual Community Specialist, […]