When I was a kid, I looked forward to the start of a new school year. I liked everything about the process—new clothes, new supplies, new teachers, seeing old friends and making new ones. It was all so exciting!

As families prepare for the start of a new school year, there is another addition to the to-do list: many parents are addressing their children’s added anxieties, and I’m not referring to homework. In addition to worries about the cost of supplies and academic performance, it’s increasingly challenging for all of us, parents and children alike, to block out or disregard the violence all around us as we go about our normal, everyday lives including going to school, work and recreation.

New this year: Sign up for text reminders for the JFCS Annual Online Auction
The JFCS Annual Online Auction is Sept. 10-19: Sign up for text reminders now!

Each year, the JFCS Online Auction only lasts for 10 days! So you don't miss your chance to bid, we are offering a new service this year to remind you when the auction starts and is underway. Don't miss this opportunity to find one-of-a-kind items and experiences, including sports and entertainment tickets, food and dining, spa and beauty, home, clothing, accessories, health and fitness and much more!

When you shop the Online Auction, you help change lives for the better while finding fabulous things for yourself! Proceeds from the auction support the critical work of JFCS, serving over 13,000 in our community, our neighborhoods and our families each year.

>Click here to sign up for text reminders on your cell phone! We will send short messages when the Online Auction begins. So easy; all you'll need to do is click and bid!

Visit us between Sept. 10-19 at!
Did you know: September is Workforce Development Month
September is Workforce Development Month. Workforce development is an organized set of solutions to meet employment needs, and can address cultural, educational, and systemic challenges, which helps to positively influence the local economy for individuals and businesses.

Workforce development, an American approach to economic development, attempts to enhance a region’s economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people. It essentially develops a human-resources strategy. For workers, it helps them find and retain stable employment at living wages, creating financial security and stability for their families. For employers, it helps meet the workforce shortage by preparing more people for employment. Both of these things help build a stronger local economy that benefits everyone.

JFCS' Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program is now the Jewish Youth Mentoring Program
By Becky Lyle Sulkin, MSW, LGSW • Jewish Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator

JFCS is excited to announce that the Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program (BB/BS) is now the Jewish Youth Mentoring Program. This new name reflects the unique service we offer to the community, and promotes inclusivity of youth and mentors from all walks of Jewish life.

>For more information contact Becky Lyle Sulkin at or 952-542-4835
Save the Date: The JFCS 31st Annual Benefit
Save the date: The 31st Annual Laugh on Their Behalf Benefit Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
With Comedian Jon Fisch
Minneapolis Marriott City Center

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis serves over 13,000 people each year. Join us for a special evening of fun, food and comedy as together we laugh on their behalf to support the work of JFCS. Nancy and Kevin Rhein will be honored with the JFCS Friends of the Family Award.

2019 JFCS Academic Scholarship Overview
In 2019, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis received 52 applications for Academic Scholarship support. With existing financial resources and the generosity of members of our community, all 52 applicants received some level of support.

Academic Scholarships Lead Sponsor: Clara Ruth Kaner Children’s Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
Sponsor: Jacob Garber Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
Rejecting Apathy and Cynicism in Light of Recent Tragedies
By Leah Persky• Family Life Education Program Manager

The following column was originally published on Aug. 7, 2019

The heartbreaking events in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH left at least 31 people dead and many others injured. These horrific events left a hole in the hearts of so many people across the country and the world. What can we do and how can we make any sense of these evil acts of violence? Further, how should we address these concerns with our children?

JFCS Teen and Family Counseling. Highly skilled, licensed and confidential, compassionate care
Teens face emotions, experiences and challenges unique to this time of life. JFCS counselors are expertly trained and can help teens better navigate these years. Our counselors are thoughtfully matched to best meet your needs and identify goals and solutions to help your teen and family thrive.

Counseling Founding Sponsor: Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation
PJ Library program receives grant to fund parent connector positions
JFCS is excited to announce that it has received a PJ Library Implementing Partner Engagement Grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to expand and deepen engagement opportunities for families raising Jewish children.

The grant will fund two parent connectors, who will lead bi-weekly gatherings for families with children ages 0-2 starting this fall. 

Are you a Bubbe, Zayde, Savta, Saba, Tootsie, Grandma, or PawPaw? Grandparents get to enjoy PJ Library too
Why should kids have all the fun? Grandparents can now sign up for PJ Library and experience the magic for themselves at home, and signing up couldn’t be easier!

PJ Library is an international award-winning program designed to strengthen Jewish identity by sending Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children from age 6 months through 8 years. Any family with a Jewish connection is invited to enroll and receive these beautiful, age-appropriate books. 

PJ Library Founding Sponsors: Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Harry and Sandy Lerner
Lead Sponsor: Jacob Garber Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
Lead Sponsor: Susie and Hart Kuller 
Know someone who needs a ride?
Check out JFCS' Jacob Garber Transportation Services
Garber Transportation provides rides for clients who reside within a defined service area in Hennepin County. It’s a convenient, reliable way for ambulatory adults to get to a doctor’s appointment, friend’s house, grocery store and more. Services are available on a sliding-fee scale – call 952-546-4811 for more information

Garber Transportation operates from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Founding Sponsors: Jacob Garber Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, Funding from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging as part of the Older Americans Act
Sponsor: Allianz Foundation
More upcoming events: Please join us
PJ Library 5 Senses of Judaism on a Stick
Wednesday, Aug 28 @ 5:30 p.m. 
Temple of Aaron, St. Paul

Shalom Baby Shower
Sunday, Sep 22 @ 10 a.m.
5905 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley
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