January 2020 News and Updates
Joan Garry, a recognized leader in non-profit management, says there are five pillars that establish a thriving non-profit: people, programs, money, strategy and narrative. Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis demonstrates strength in each of those areas. As the new year begins and we look back over the one that just ended, our response to each of those necessary pillars is as follows:

Volunteers make it possible to serve hundreds for the holidays
JFCS' Hag Sameach (Happy Holidays) Program made the holiday season brighter for 718 individuals from 345 families in our community this year. That’s 181 more people than last year! Learn how hundreds of volunteers contributed their time and talents to make this happen.

Hag Sameach Lead Sponsor: Clara Ruth Kaner Children’s Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
Real Conversations:
Talking with your school-age children about anti-Semitism
Research shows that one of the best ways we can help prepare our children to cope with discrimination and intolerance is by being open about it. Heilicher is proud to host this event, which will include presenters Leah Persky, JFCS Family Life Education Program Manager and Jill Kozberg, MA, LP, Licensed Psychologist and Program Manager for the Counseling Department at JFCS.

A Free Parent Workshop hosted by
Heilicher Minneapolis Day School with JFCS
Tuesday, Jan. 28 @ 7-8:30 p.m.
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
Ben and Bernice Fiterman Beit Knesset Barry Family Campus
4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Mpls

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required!

Event sponsored by the Kelen Family Foundation
In honor of MLK Day, JFCS recognizes volunteers in our Jewish Youth Mentoring Program
By Becky Sulkin • Jewish Youth Mentoring Program Manager

Jan. 20 marked the 25th annual MLK Day of Service. At JFCS, we believe in Dr. King’s vision of serving others, as well as the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world). In observance of this national day of service, we promoted volunteering as a way for Americans to improve their communities. There is perhaps no better example of this than the work of the JFCS volunteers in our Jewish Youth Mentoring Program. 

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and
Inclusion Month (JDAIM) 
As part of JDAIM 2020, JFCS will co-sponsor the REEL People, Real Lives Documentary Film Series along with JFS, St. Paul JCC, and St. Paul Jewish Federation.

In the first movie in the series, a nonspeaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights. The documentary film “Deej,” with its insider view of autism, challenges us all to live inclusion.

Sunday, Feb. 9 @ 1-3:30 p.m.
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Ave, St. Paul
This film is free and open to the public

JFCS Inclusion Founding Sponsor: Faye and Mayer Krupp Family Charitable Foundation 
Lead Sponsor: Toodie & Frank Trestman Special Needs and Collaborative Education Endowment Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
Advocating Your Values
Whether you are just beginning to get involved with advocacy work or are more experienced, join us for this opportunity to learn how to influence decision-makers, make an impact, and practice your skills. This training will address the importance of advocacy, strategies for talking with legislators, planning your message, making your pitch and more.

The event’s presenters include professional lobbyists, a former legislator, and volunteers with advocacy experience.

Advocating Your Values
Sunday, Feb. 23 @ 1-2:30 p.m.
5905 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley
This event is free and open to all

The event is co-sponsored by JFCS, The National Council of Jewish Women Minnesota (NCJW), PRISM, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) and Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC).
Powerful Tools for Caregivers: A 6-week course
JFCS, Fairview Health Services, and Adath Jeshurun Congregation will host this 6-week class designed to provide you with a wealth of self-care tools that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of others. You will learn to reduce stress, improve your self-confidence, balance your life, better communicate your feelings, and increase your ability to make tough decisions.

 Wednesdays, Feb. 26 through April 1
@ 1:30 to 3 p.m.
 Adath Jeshurun Congregation
10500 Hillside Lane W, Minnetonka

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
Welcoming families of newborns and babies
Our twice annual Shalom Baby Shower welcomes families with newborns and babies up to 2 to come enjoy refreshments, collect swag bags, shop our baby boutique and resource tables, participate in circle time, and meet other families and their babies! 

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

Shalom Baby Circle Time
Sunday, Jan. 26 @ 3:30-5 p.m.
5905 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley

PJ Library Traveling Havdalah
Saturday, Feb. 1 @ 5-6:30 p.m.
Temple Israel
2323 Fremont Ave. S, Mpls

Tu B’Shevat Family Baking
Sunday, Feb 9 @ 3-4:30 p.m.
Beth El Synagogue
5225 W. Barry St, St. Louis Park

Puppy Parade
Monday, Feb. 17 @ 2-3 p.m.
Ackerberg Family Sholom West Campus
3630 Phillips Pkwy, Mpls
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