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 […]

Who Speaks for Me: A Conversation about End of Life—Expected and Unexpected

Who Speaks for Me: A Conversation about End of Life—Expected and Unexpected will be on Thursday, August 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Seventh Community Center. Panel members will include a local physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain and a family member who has experienced the challenges and gifts of making end-of-life decisions with family members.

JFS PEARLS Team Presents at State Conference

By Rachel Potter, LISW During the last week of July, the JFS PEARLS counselors were invited to present at the Minnesota Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference in Duluth, Minnesota. The conference was attended by more than 1,500 professionals from across the state, all with an interest in addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by individuals […]

Making an Impact – Transforming Into a Good Kid

In the Making an Impact series, clients and services are featured to expand awareness of the wide array of help available at JFS and to ensure donors understand the lives they touch and the difference they make throughout the community. Client names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. When 11-year-old Larry began counseling several years ago […]

Helping Your Child with Back-To-School Anxiety

By Mitchell Wittenberg, Ph.D., LP, JFS Counseling Director The beginning of a new school year can leave many children and adolescents riddled with anxiety. While some can articulate their fears, many others express their anxiety with clinginess, temper tantrums, irritability, negativity, headaches or stomach aches, regressive behavior (baby talk, thumb-sucking), withdrawal, nightmares, or trouble sleeping. […]

Reaching More People with Technology

by Avi Zadaka, Lead Counselor, Project Coordinator JFS has offered the grant-funded PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives) program for three years to older adults facing low mood and/or depression. PEARLS was researched and developed at the University of Washington in Seattle. This research indicates that increasing pleasurable activities may be as effective […]

Meet Ira Kipp

“When I was a kid at Mount Zion,” said JFS board member Ira Kipp, “we had a recognition tree and you could buy an engraved leaf to put on it to plant a tree in Israel. As a kid I thought ‘why would I want to give to someone else when I don’t have much […]

New CEO Joins JFS September 3

At the beginning of July, the board of directors of Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) announced the selection of Ruth Hampton Olkon as Chief Executive Officer effective September 3. Ruth previously held the position of Manager of Community Health Improvement at Allina Health where she expanded services to help drive better health outcomes […]

Making an Impact – Care Planning

In the Making an Impact series, clients and services are featured to expand awareness of the wide array of help available at JFS and to ensure donors understand the lives they touch and the difference they make throughout the community. Client names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. Harry, a successful salesman, had a wonderful family–two […]