Music Reaches Client Lost to Dementia

JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman just finished another very busy Passover, delivering 11 separate Seder celebrations/lectures this year, including three at new sites, attended by 74 people. One resident at a facility has memory loss and depression. He came to the Passover celebration very sullen and withdrawn. The staff worked hard to even get him […]

JFS Team Draws Large Crowd to Aging Presentation

In April, a team from JFS was invited to present at the statewide annual conference of the Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS), attended by more than 500 professionals from throughout the state. The focus of the conference was “The Future of Aging: Rethink, Reimagine, Redesign.” The JFS team presented “Challenges and Solutions to Mental Health Services […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: 6 Simple Steps to Reduce Anxiety

We are human, and thinking ahead is natural. But when thinking ahead spirals away from creating motivation and becomes excessive, it can significantly interfere with our daily lives. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, so we are shining a light on anxiety, something many people struggle with on a regular basis. According to the […]

JFS Volunteers Help Sholom Residents Get Growing This Spring

More than a dozen Sholom residents participated in spring planting assisted by JFS volunteers. The group recently gathered in one of the many common areas of Sholom to plant chard, cabbage, kale, squash, cucumbers and bean seedlings in trays. “This was a fun activity for the residents and volunteers alike,” said volunteer Pola Rest. “The […]

Making an Impact – Contracted Case Management

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. JFS currently has three contracts with outside entities […]

JFS Seeks New CEO

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to lead the highly dedicated, multi-faceted and dynamic organization. For over a century, JFS has been a lifeline to people in need. The not-for-profit agency offers programs to individuals and families to assist them in obtaining the skills and resources they need to […]

U of M Scholarships Available for Jewish Students

The University of Minnesota is once again offering a scholarship opportunity with preference towards Jewish students. Many outstanding students at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities have benefited by receiving the Lifson, Bronsztein, and Shapira Scholarships in the past. We hope to continue to carry out the wishes of our scholarship donors by awarding funds […]

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, […]

Harry Kay Leadership Summit

We’ve all heard it: “The Jewish community is changing.” But this isn’t a problem—it’s an opportunity. At this year’s Summit on Monday, April 29 at 7:30 PM at the Muse Event Center, we welcome Rabbi Sid Schwarz to look at the trends shaping the lives of younger American Jews and hear his four guiding principles […]

Interfaith Mental Health Collaborative Presents Seminar on Moving Past Anxiety

The Interfaith Mental Health Collaborative will present “Moving From Anxiety to Optimal Well-Being” with guest speaker Dr. L. Read Sulik from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Sulik is a pediatrician, adult and child psychiatrist, and CEO/Chief Medical Officer of Praestan Health. Attendees will learn how to move from […]