There is much for which to feel grateful. If you’re a sports fan, you can smile thinking back on the great season our hometown Twins provided this year, or you can feel great satisfaction for the season our Minnesota Golden Gopher football team is having, or for that matter, the Vikings too! For Lynx fans, and those who faithfully follow almost any Gophers women’s sport, there’s plenty of joy too.

The JFCS Annual Benefit: People ask us why we hire a comedian....
Here's why
Each year, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis serves thousands of people in our community, our neighborhoods and our families. For the past 31 years, we have gathered for a special evening of fun, food and comedy to support the work of JFCS. And, each year, people ask us why we hire a comedian.

Get your tickets now for the 31st Annual Laugh on Their Behalf Benefit
Saturday, Dec. 7, at Minneapolis Marriott City Center

The Raffle: A win-win for all
The JFCS Annual Benefit Raffle is a great way to win fabulous prizes and support the JFCS Annual Benefit – even if you can’t attend the event! You do not need to be present at the Benefit to win. You could win prizes in value up to $3,500 and help JFCS support thousands of people in our community, our neighborhoods and our families! We call that a win-win!

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, or have questions, please contact Melissa Kieffer at
952-542-4814 or

JFCS and PRISM’s leaders’ commentary on SNAP cuts
published in Star Tribune
JFCS’ Advocacy Committee works to raise awareness, further change, and/or advocate funding for mission-related issues that JFCS programs and services address. Food security is one of the committee’s focus areas. In light of recent cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), JFCS CEO Judy Halper and PRISM Executive Director Michelle Ness wrote a commentary that was published in the Star Tribune this month.

Seeking mentor (MUST love sports!)
Meet Miles ­– a 7-year-old participant in the Jewish Youth Mentoring Program, who is waiting for his perfect mentoring match. Maybe it could be you! Miles lives in Woodbury with his mom, older brother, and twin sister. He is in second grade at Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School and his family attends Mt. Zion Temple.

Did you know: Nov. 13 was World Kindness Day
By Leah Persky • Family Life Education Manager

On Nov. 13 World Kindness Day is celebrated around the world, but we believe every day should be World Kindness Day! We can all do our part to make someone else’s day, or use this as an excuse to be kind to ourselves.

While you probably have lots of ideas up your sleeve, here are a few to get you started. Remember, one small smile can create a big ripple effect and could be passed along all day!

National Caregiver Month: When people aren’t even
aware they are caregivers
By Annette Sandler • JFCS Aging Services Director

Do you help your mom grocery shop? Do you help balance your dad’s checkbook? Then you are a family caregiver. 

A caregiver is an adult who provides unpaid care for the physical and emotional needs of a family member or friend who is ill, disabled or frail, according to the National Family Caregivers Association. November is National Caregiver Month.

Aging Services Sponsors: Kelen Family Foundation, Elyse Rabinowitz & Jim Porter, The Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation
Golden Valley Rotary names JFCS its 2019 Business of the Year
JFCS is excited and honored to announce that it has been selected as Golden Valley Rotary Club’s 2019 Business of the Year! October is “Economic and Community Development Month” for the Rotary International calendar and the Golden Valley Rotary Club celebrates by naming a local Business of the Year to honor.

Get involved: Current JFCS volunteer opportunities
JFCS has many types of volunteer opportunities, and we always welcome new people to volunteer. We want to connect with you to learn about your skills and interests and see if we can make a match. 
Here are some of our current volunteer opportunities:

  • Jacob Garber Transportation Driver. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity and you can sign up online for whatever shifts work for you. 

  • Volunteer receptionist at the JFCS front desk Wednesday afternoons.

  • Weekly Lunch Buddy for the ACT Program in the St. Louis Park district. 

  • Become a mentor for the Jewish Youth Mentoring Program (formerly Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program).

  • Volunteer at the JFCS 31st Annual Benefit on Saturday, December 7.

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities and others at JFCS, contact Dana Shapiro, Community and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator & Intake Counselor, at or 952-417-2112 or fill out the Volunteer Interest Form and Dana will follow up with you. 
PJ Library Traveling Havdalah: Come dressed in your pajamas
Join PJ Library this winter and travel to area synagogues to enjoy family-friendly Havdalah – a short multisensory ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat and the beginning of the new week every Saturday evening. We will celebrate with food, a Havdalah service, crafts, and a goodnight story. Kids are encouraged to come in their pajamas!

Each Havdalah is open to all PJ families. You do not need to be a member of PJ Library or a synagogue to attend!

PJ Library Traveling Havdalah Dates and Locations

  • Nov. 23 @ 5:45-7 p.m., Adath Jeshurun

  • Dec. 14 @ 4-6 p.m., Bet Shalom

  • Jan. 11 @ 5:45-7 p.m., Beth El

  • Feb. 1 @ 5-6:30 p.m., Temple Israel

  • Feb. 29 @ 5-6:30 p.m., Shir Tikvah

Questions? Contact Carrie Fink, PJ Library Coordinator @
952-417-2139 or

Founding Sponsor: 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
More events in our community: Please join us
Shalom Baby Circle Time
Sunday, Nov. 24 @ 3:30-5 p.m.
5905 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley

31st Annual JFCS Laugh on
Their Behalf Benefit 
Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 5:45-10 p.m.
With Comedian Jon Fisch
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 S 7th St, Mpls
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis |