Time flies when you’re having a good time, as the saying goes. The longer I live, the more I realize time flies whether you’re having a good time or not! In just a couple of weeks, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) will celebrate its 108th birthday! What a remarkable story we are proud to share – that this organization began in response to desperate immigrants and refugees seeking a new home in America. They would be helped with essential services to set up success for daily life, and that amazing work continues today.

Join us for the annual JDAIM event this Sunday, Jan. 28, from 2-4 p.m.!
Meet the artists of Interact: Creating art and transforming lives by expanding ideas of what is possible
As part of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), local arts organization I nteract Center for the Visual and Performing Arts will host an interactive exhibition that will shine the light on abilities and expand ideas of what is possible. Watch this video featuring the work of Luke Lyons and meet him and other artists at the event!

The exhibition will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday,
Jan. 28, at Beth El Synagogue.

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
JFCS is moving to Golden Valley!
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:

Mark your calendars now for our ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 8, from 4-6 p.m., and watch for exciting details to come!
Getting ready to move: volunteers help us prepare for our new home
By Erica Solomon • Development & Community Engagement Coordinator

Ask anyone from a college freshman to their empty-nester parents and they’ll tell you the same thing: moving is a pain. Whether they pay a moving company, or entice a group of friends with pizza, everyone embarking on a move to a new house, apartment, or dorm room needs to enlist some help to make it happen. So you can imagine that an agency with 120 staff members and 107 years of history would need a whole lot of helping hands to successfully move to a new home!

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 
PJ Cares in January and February
PJ Cares is a PJ Library-Minneapolis initiative designed to engage families in Jewish-value-based volunteering and social gatherings. Join us for these:

Compassion for All Creatures
Sun Jan 28 @ 2 p.m.
At the Animal Humane Society
Kids can learn about our special relationship with pets in two separate classes: Furry Tales (ages 3-5) and My Pet Needs to Know (ages 6-8). 

PJ Cares: COUNT ME IN Puppet Show with PACER Center
Best for ages 4-11
Sun Feb 11 @ 3 p.m. 
JFCS 3rd Floor Board Room
Join PJ Library along with PJ Our Way for this special JDAIM (Jewish disability awareness and Inclusion month) program!

The COUNT ME IN puppet program is designed to help children and adults learn about disabilities and chronic illnesses in an effort to bridge the gap between typical students and those with disabilities.

Founding Sponsors: Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Louis Herman Memorial Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, Harry and Sandy Lerner
New: Deikel Transportation has expanded to Robbinsdale!
Deikel Transportation provides rides for clients who reside within a defined service area in Hennepin County, which now includes Robbinsdale. Deikel Transportation is 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 available on a sliding fee scale – call for more information.

Founding Sponsors: The Deikel Family Foundation, The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Sponsors: The Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation, Kelen Family Foundation, Stevens Square Foundation
Give2018: Best wishes for a meaningful year
Aah…January 1st, a day that signifies a new beginning. As we reflect on the previous year, many of us take a moment to envision how the year ahead will be different. Better. Less of this. More of that. The desire to improve our lives and the lives of others is inherent in our nature as human beings. Like the New Year, JFCS offers a fresh start to thousands of people on an annual basis, but those we serve don’t have to wait until January 1st to celebrate. 

Each month, thousands of families and individuals in our community benefit from the support of more than thirty essential programs and services. Our mission in action helps to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and offer support to people of all ages and backgrounds in times of need. We respect and commend the journeys and successes of those we serve from the very beginning. From the first call to inquire about services, to the last appointment, JFCS is here for all. Always

At Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis, we greet you as we do the New Year, with enthusiasm and hope for a better tomorrow for each and every one of us. To those we serve and those whose support makes our work possible, thank you and best wishes for a meaningful 2018. 

Help is here for victims of sexual harassment
The recent revelations from persons who have come forward to tell their sexual harassment experiences has created a heightened awareness of this inappropriate and abusive behavior. The sad truth is that countless people, from all walks of life, have been the victims of sexual harassment. Many have suffered in silence, some have felt validated by recent events, and some have had unpleasant memories stirred up. What can someone do to recover from this devastating and painful trauma? 

I have read many articles about healing from sexual harassment. The one that I recommend is found HERE . I believe that the suggestions given are helpful whether an experience happened in a workplace or in a different setting. 

Topics covered in this article include: 
• What the law says about sexual harassment
• How sexual harassment impacts victims
• Tips on healing from sexual harassment – including finding a counselor
• Tips for friends of sexual harassment victims

I know that talking is healing and recovery is possible. Part of the mission of JFCS is to “ease suffering and offer support in times of need." We are here to listen, counsel, empower and support those who are dealing with this. 

Please call us at 952-546-0616. All calls are confidential.

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