February 2020 News and Updates
What would you do with more time? Isn’t that the age-old, time-worn question of the ages? Most of us bemoan that we never seem to have enough time to complete a task, take up a new activity, exercise regularly or simply stop and smell the roses. Well, I intend to throw down a challenge. This year we will experience an additional 24 hours – it’s Leap Year 2020 – so what will you do with your 366th day?

Adopt a Family for Passover!
Each year, JFCS provides referred individuals and families in need with a gift bag of ritual Passover foods and other meaningful items to help celebrate this holiday. As part of JFCS’ Hag Sameach (Happy Holidays) program, this gift is often a family’s only opportunity to obtain the items they need to celebrate the rich traditions of Passover.

Hag Sameach Lead Sponsor: Clara Ruth Kaner Children’s Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
Congratulations Leah Persky, JFCS Family Life Education Manager
We are thrilled to share that Leah Persky, the Family Life Education Manager at JFCS recently became a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) by passing the National Council of Family Relations certification exam. This internationally recognized credential distinguishes individuals who have the necessary knowledge and experience in the discipline of Family Science. With knowledge of current social, cultural and political issues, Family Life Educators work with families, individuals and groups to address challenges they may experience and to empower them to live a healthy life. 

With a focus on prevention, education and collaboration, Leah works to empower groups and individuals to confidently address challenges they may face and to grow from them. Our FLE programming is innovative and based on meeting the dynamic needs of families and the community at large. Be on the lookout for exciting programming updates in the next month!

Learn more, or connect with Leah at: lpersky@jfcsmpls.org
or 952-542-4825 

The GIVE Campaign: Making it possible to serve one person at a time
This past year we served more than 13,000 individuals of all backgrounds and ages, helping them to find employment, address mental health challenges, achieve greater inclusion in their communities, navigate issues of aging, and much, much more. We launched new approaches to managing the needs of individuals and families coping with addiction, updated our Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program to a mentorship program, and offered new tools to manage the needs of caregivers.

We count on your support and hope you will renew or increase your gift for the Give2020 Campaign. With your GIVE gift, you help us raise unrestricted dollars to support all of JFCS’ programs and services.

Unrestricted dollars in 2019 helped so many people in so many ways, including:

  • 967 individuals received food packages for Passover or holiday gifts for Chanukah—an increase of over 150 from the prior year.
  • 1,428 families were subscribed to the PJ Library and PJ Our Way Programs where children receive free books on a monthly basis intended to promote positive Jewish identity and self-esteem.

Improving outcomes for friends, family and neighbors, one person at a time, is what makes Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis so essential. Please help us meet needs and challenges by donating to GIVE 2020 when asked. Thank you for your generous support!

Children's books in celebration of Black History Month
JFCS proudly serves thousands of people in both the Jewish and broader communities. Our ParentChild+ is a free home visiting program that promotes creative ways to learn through play, increases parenting skills and helps children prepare for school. Participating families receive free educational books and toys. 

ParentChild+ serves more than 300 families – including many from the Somali, Latino and Hmong communities – and we strive to include books and toys that reflect this diversity. In celebration of Black History Month, ParentChild+ is highlighting the importance of diverse representation in children’s books and films.

ParentChild+ Founding Sponsors: Anonymous, Richard and Beverly Fink Family Fund, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Beverly N. Grossman Foundation, Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation
This program is made possible in part with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education
Know someone getting ready to find a new job? Just call JFCS!
JFCS Career counselors provide complete career assistance, including résumé development, social media strategies, interviewing skills, networking opportunities and more.

Our programs empower people to explore and identify their visions of career success, including access to or support for career training. 

When you're ready to begin, just call JFCS!

Here for all. Always.

Giving up the keys doesn’t have to mean giving up your independence
By Annette Sandler • JFCS Aging Services Director

After her doctor told her she can no longer drive because of declining vision and slowing reflexes, Sandy called JFCS Senior Services in distress. “Now I feel like a captive in my own home,” she said. “My daughter is amazing and helps so me much, but she works full-time and is not around to help me run errands.”

JFCS Senior Services: Lead Sponsor: The Richard and Beverly Fink Family Fund
Sponsors: Kelen Family Foundation, Elyse Rabinowitz & Jim Porter, The Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Wednesdays, Feb. 26 thru April 1 @1:30-3 p.m.
Adath Jeshurun Congregation
10500 Hillside Lane W, Minnetonka

PJ Library Traveling Havdalah
Saturday, Feb. 29 @ 5-6:30 p.m.
Shir Tikvah
1360 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls

Shalom Baby Shower
Sunday, March 1 @ 10-11:30 a.m.
JFCS Minneapolis
5905 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley

Good Deeds Day 2020
Sunday, April 26 @ 12:15-2:15 p.m.
5905 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis | www.jfcsmpls.org