It’s finally beginning to genuinely feel like summer around here. When I drive to work in the morning, I’m dodging kids on bicycles instead of orange school buses. The chatter around the water cooler is baseball, instead of teeth-chattering cold! I see flowers from gardens in the office instead of staff typing away on their computers with gloved hands. You get the picture.

Allie and Mark Divine establish endowment fund to
support JFCS NextGen
Allie and Mark Divine recently created an endowment fund at JFCS to support its NextGen program. The two have been involved with the program for many years and Allie is the former NextGen Board president. By establishing an Endowment Fund, Allie and Mark are being recognized through the It’s Your Legacy program, in partnership with Life and Legacy of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. While young adults are not the typical demographic who establish endowments at JFCS, Allie recently spoke about why she and Mark felt it was important to create this fund at this point in their lives.

NextGen Sponsor: Cindy and Perry Witkin
The Longest Day: Bringing awareness to those living with Alzheimer's
For those facing Alzheimer's disease, every day feels like the longest. When you are a caregiver for someone living with Alzheimer's or dementia, there are often more jobs to do than there are hours in the day.
The Alzheimer's Association recognizes June 21, the summer solstice, as The Longest Day – a day to bring awareness to those living with Alzheimer's or related dementias, and their caregivers.
JFCS is a leader in the community response to Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases. We offer dementia education and early-identification memory screening, and connect caregivers to services and resources. We provide services directly to people living with the disease and also provide extensive coaching and assistance to the care partners. We facilitate Dementia Friends training sessions to the broad community as well, including clergy, local businesses, police and fire departments.

JFCS will host a six-week education series, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, beginning on Aug. 8. The class is designed to provide you with a wealth of self-care tools that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of others. Click here for more information and to register.
Join JFCS in supporting people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. If you would like a Dementia Friends educational presentation, please contact Aging Services Director Annette Sandler at 952-542-4866 or If you need support as a caregiver, just call JFCS at 952-546-0616 and we can help.

Senior Services sponsors: Kelen Family Foundation, Elyse Rabinowitz & Jim Porter, The Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation
Twin Cities Jewish Healing Program and its impact in 2018
For more than 25 years, the Twin Cities Jewish Healing Program has used the wisdom and traditions of Judaism to offer comfort, hope and strength to Jewish individuals and families facing illness, end-of-life concerns and grief. The Healing Program has created vital partnerships with Twin Cities’ synagogues and clergy and healthcare chaplains in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices to ensure that
Jewish patients receive culturally-sensitive spiritual support.

With Gratitude: Introducing Give2019’s corporate sponsor, RSM US LLP
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis is Here for All. Always. In support of this, we are seeking opportunities to engage with the broader community by providing unique corporate giving opportunities. JFCS is currently introducing a model of giving choices for companies that share our vision and want to help strengthen the mission of JFCS; serving people of all ages and backgrounds. The JFCS Annual GIVE campaign raises funds to be used where needed most, benefiting thousands in the community each year.

We recently partnered with RSM US LLP, who was drawn to this opportunity and eager to become involved with JFCS because of the volunteer and engagement opportunities the relationship provides, in addition to financial support. 

Join J-Pride at Twin Cities Pride this weekend
It’s the final weekend to join J-Pride in Twin Cities Pride 2019! Minnesota-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQIA+) Jews and their allies are welcome to join us:

Saturday, June 22 @ 10 a.m.

Sunday, June 23

Support J-Pride’s programming by purchasing a loud and proud rainbow kippah! Whether you’re a member of the community or an ally, you can show your support with a beautiful fair trade Maya Works Kippah.

J-Pride Founding Sponsor: Lisa Heilicher z”l
Join PJ Library for a Grandparent Ice Cream Social
Calling all Bubbies and Zaydes! PJ Library invites grandparents, grandkids and other special friends for a fun evening out at Brookview Park Pavilion. Families will create keepsake crafts, enjoy delicious Ben and Jerry’s treats, and listen to stories read by local grandparents. There will also be a special Shalom Baby Circle Time at 6 p.m. for grandparents and their grandchildren under the age of 2. The cost is $18/family.

Grandparent Ice Cream Social
Sunday, July 21 @ 5:30 p.m.

PJ Library Sponsors: Founding Sponsors: Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Harry and Sandy Lerner Lead Sponsors: Jacob Garber Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, Susie and Hart Kuller 
Cherished memories of a JFCS volunteer Senior Outreach Visitor
"As the time went on, we became friends"

After a 43-year career teaching high school, Ester decided she wanted to do “something useful” in retirement, so she called JFCS and asked to see what volunteer opportunities were available. She had previously volunteered with the agency for several years as an interpreter and a tutor.

When she called this time, JFCS asked if Ester would be willing to become an outreach visitor for an isolated Senior Services client. We matched her with Elisabeth, a Holocaust survivor from Romania. Since Ester was originally from Latvia, a Communist country in the same part of the world, our staff thought the two would be a good match.

Senior Services sponsors: Kelen Family Foundation, Elyse Rabinowitz & Jim Porter, The Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation
JFCS’ Parent-Child Home Program celebrates its largest graduation and announces its new name
The Parent-Child Home Program, a leading early childhood, school readiness program working in 116 communities across 15 states and five countries, is proud to announce the launch of its new name and brand identity – ParentChild+!

JFCS operates ParentChild+ in Minnesota, serving over 300 families in the Twin Cities metro and greater Minnesota communities, including Cass County and – new this program year – St. Cloud. More than 100 children and their families graduated JFCS’ ParentChild+ program in May 2019, its largest graduating class yet. JFCS will kick off the next program year this fall, serving more than 325 children and their families.

ParentChild+ Founding Sponsors: Greater Twin Cities United Way, Beverly N. Grossman Foundation, Susan and Hart Kuller, Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Foundation Lead Sponsor: Grotto Foundation Sponsor: Walser Foundation Funded by the Walser Automotive Group This program is made possible in part with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education
More upcoming events: Please join us
NextGen Thursday Thrifting at PRISM
Thursday, June 27 @ 5-7 p.m.

Shalom Baby Circle Time
Sunday, June 30 @ 3:30 - 5 p.m.

NextGen Summer Party
Thursday, July 18 @ 6-9 p.m.
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