I cannot avoid the temptation to be cliché in my column this month. Living in Minnesota is, to say the least, a roller coaster ride where weather is concerned. Not only is it mid-April as I write this column with snow still falling, and the Twins game postponed due to snow (not rain), and it’s long past Easter, Passover and Spring Break, so what the heck is going on??? Let’s just say that, taking no chances, we’ve ordered a really BIG tent for our ribbon cutting on May 8! You just never know…..

After so much hard work, it's time to celebrate o ur new home!
We look forward to sharing this exciting event with the community and wish to thank the Ribbon Cutting Committee for all of their hard work and dedication!
Etta Barry, Chair
Irene Bartram 
Jeff Barin
Stuart Chazin
Jennifer Ezrilov
Libby Kane
Eileen Kohn
Steve Krikava
Nancy Rhein
Lindsey Rose
Marc Rubenstein
Jaye Snyder
Andy Stillman
Sharon Stillman
Guests of all ages are welcome. Please bring a bag of non-perishable food for PRISM's Marketplace Food Shelf, which serves 6,000 people each year. Flour, sugar, and oil are among the most desired items. Donations of new and gently-used clothing and small housewares are also being accepted for PRISM's Shop for Change Thrift Shop. No electronics, furniture, or used toys please.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Erica Solomon at with any questions, or to sign up to volunteer. 
JFCS’ new building: Photographer David Sherman documented the process from start to finish
Photographer David Sherman has been a longtime supporter of JFCS and has taken photos at several of the agency’s events over the years. When JFCS began the process of completely renovating its new building in Golden Valley last year, we wanted to document the progress from start to finish. We hired David to photograph the building renovation from its beginning in January 2017 all the way to its opening in February 2018. David recently talked about what it was like to work on the project.

JFCS Transportation is now Jacob Garber Transportation Services
(formerly Deikel Transportation)
JFCS Aging Services is pleased to announce that its transportation program (formerly Deikel Transportation) is now Jacob Garber Transportation Services!

“The desire to help people in need was an essential virtue of Jacob Garber,” said Frank Trestman, Chair of the Jacob Garber Endowment Fund.

The JFCS Transportation program provides rides for clients who reside within a defined service area in Hennepin County. It’s a convenient, reliable way for ambulatory adults 60 years and older to get to a doctor’s appointment, friend’s house, grocery store and more. Services are affordable and available on a sliding fee scale.

“Jake believed that it was especially important to assist the elderly and those without their own resources or support system. The JFCS Transportation program provides assistance to people in need consistent with the values that were so meaningful to Jacob Garber.”

Transportation Founding Sponsors: Jacob Garber Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Sponsors: The Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation, Kelen Family Foundation, Stevens Square Foundation
Get to know Career Services Director Dianne Bari
JFCS’ full array of Career Services helps job seekers prepare for success in today’s competitive job market. Our programs empower people to explore and identify their visions of career success.

JFCS is thrilled to introduce Dianne Bari, who was recently hired as JFCS Career Services Program Director. Dianne brings a wealth of fresh and valuable experience to JFCS Career Services. Get to know Dianne in a Q&A with her about her background in career services and vision for the department.

JFCS celebrates National Volunteer Week
Sponsored by Points of Light, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. JFCS is in the midst of a week of surprises to give the 870-plus volunteers that supported us over the past year the recognition they so deserve.

Today through Friday, head to the JFCS Facebook page at 2:30 p.m. where we’ll be giving away gift cards in live videos! Each day we’ll draw a name from the list of folks that volunteered with featured programs (Monday: ACT and Big Brother/Big Sister; Tuesday: Aging Services; Wednesday: Benefit and events; Thursday: NextGen and Hag Sameach; Friday: all volunteers). Can’t catch the live video? No problem! We’ll post the videos to our page and contact winners individually. 

If you volunteered with JFCS in the past year, we want a chance to thank you in person! Stop by one of two pop-up recognition events with Development & Community Engagement Coordinator, Erica Solomon. Come to the community room on Thursday, April 19, at the Golden Valley Lunds & Byerly’s from 10-11:30 a.m. or Yum! St. Louis Park from 6:30-8 p.m. to say hi, enjoy a treat, and chat with staff and other volunteers. 

To all of our volunteers—whether you help plan the Annual Benefit, visit an older adult, mentor a child, or deliver Hag Sameach bags—thank you! We truly couldn’t do it without you.
April (snow) showers postpone
Good Deeds Day Celebration at JFCS
No worries! We are not cancelling our Good Deeds Day event originally scheduled for April 15! Just postponing it for a few weeks with the hope that the snow will be gone by our new date of MAY 6Same place (the new JFCS building in Golden Valley), same start time (2 p.m.). Updates will also be shared on the NextGen and PJ Library Facebook pages and in PJ Library emails.  

If you have any questions, contact PJ Library Coordinator Mindy Teele at, or Development & Community Engagement Coordinator Erica Solomon at
The JFCS Annual Online Auction opens Aug. 28 this year!
Mark your calendars now and watch for more info to come
Upcoming events: Please join us
Join PJ Library at “Israel at 70”
Sunday, April 22 @ 4 p.m.

Keshet Teen Event
Tue May 1 @ 7-9 p.m.

Learning from Each Other: A Continuing Interfaith
Conversation on Mental Health
Mon May 7 @ 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

JFCS NextGen Dementia Friends Session
Thu May 17 @ 7-8:30 p.m.
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