The hallways are stripped of artwork and plaques. Boxes are stacked wherever you look. Letterhead with our soon-to-be unusable Minnetonka address is hard to find. The parade of furniture liquidators, movers, and new occupants is slowly coming to an end. It is happening. The move that Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) has been planning for more than two years is actually upon us!

In 2017, The Stillman Family Foundation forged the way for JFCS’ Next Century Home, sharing our vision to expand our impact in the community.

In 2018, we are about to move into our first permanent home, a home for innovation where we welcome collaboration and co-location with PRISM, which operates the Marketplace Food Shelf and Shop for Change Thrift Shop. Together we will deepen our synergistic partnership and provide immediate and long-term solutions toward food security and financial stability for individuals and families in our community. 

Mark your calendars now for our special Ribbon Cutting With Heart
on Tuesday, May 8, from 4-6 p.m., and watch for exciting details to come!
It's all about the move to Golden Valley!
Volunteers Needed: Help JFCS Get Settled Into Our New Home
The big move has finally arrived! Staff and volunteers have been hard at work packing up files, artwork, and more to get us ready to leave our Minnetonka office behind. On Feb. 26, we’ll open for business at the new building, and begin the process of doing it all in reverse. Volunteer support is needed for unpacking, organizing, and setting up common areas during late February and early March. Hag Sameach will also be seeking volunteers to unpack their space come April. 

Interested in lending a hand? Contact Erica Solomon, Development & Community Engagement Coordinator, to share your interest and availability. 

PLEASE NOTE : As of Feb. 26, 2018, our new address will be:
5905 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422.
Our phone number will remain the same:
Adopt a Family for Passover Hag Sameach
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.

When you make a $36 donation to the Hag Sameach Adopt a Family for Passover program, you truly make this special holiday a happy one for those in need by helping cover the cost of each bag. Last year JFCS served nearly 200 families, and the need will be just as great this year.

Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated!

Lead Sponsor: Clara Ruth Kaner Children’s Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation 
The JFCS Website turns 1! Have you checked it out?
The new JFCS website is a year old. We invite you to visit the site and share your thoughts with us. Be sure to click on our blog often to read about our programs, events, stories from the heart and more.

The JFCS Next Century Campaign:
Building on our history. Innovating for the future.
For over 100 years, JFCS has been supported in many critical ways through the generosity of our community, and every year we are so grateful.

This year, the Next Century Campaign will bring a new opportunity for giving. By supporting our new home in Golden Valley, you ensure that JFCS will remain at the forefront of bettering lives for the next century, helping every child, adult and family thrive, grow and succeed.

Our Next Century Home offers the potential to expand our impact through innovation and collaboration. Our commitment to tikkun olam – repairing the world and our community one person at a time, with excellence and boundless compassion, will continue stronger than ever. Please watch for more information about our Next Century Campaign.

>If you have questions please contact Dana Rubin.

Cultivating a Transgender Inclusive Jewish Community:
A conversation for all community members
We often talk about creating LGBTQ inclusive communities, but what does a welcoming community really look like? How do we go beyond words and delve into action? Deep listening, commitment, and understanding are key to this work. Join us for this special event to learn about what steps you can take to widen the Jewish tent.

Tuesday, March 13
1-3 p.m.
Sabes JCC

This event is open to all folks in the Jewish community interested in bringing these conversations back to their places of worship, work, and recreation. 

J-Pride Founding Sponsor: Lisa Heilicher
JFCS Celebrates JDAIM 2018: Shining the light on abilities with Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), JFCS hosted an exhibition event in late January that shined the light on abilities and expanded participants’ ideas of what is possible, featuring the artists of Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to use common programs to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities, their families and those who love them.

Inclusion Founding Sponsor – Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Foundation
Inclusion Sponsor – Toodie & Frank Trestman Special Needs and Collaborative Education Endowment Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
The NextGen Winter Party 2018
Thank you to all who attended the NextGen Winter Party! NextGen raised over $1,250 in support of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis. Their support ensures that JFCS will continue to fulfill its mission to provide essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds.

NextGen sponsor: Cindy and Perry Witkin
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