Glancing out my office window, I see nothing but blue skies and sunshine, and I feel lucky and grateful. Some people might think, “Really????” – November in Minnesota is typically a bit gray and dreary. And it’s not just the weather – those words could easily apply to the state of our world. After all, how many incidents of gun violence can we endure? How many catastrophes involving Mother Nature can we manage? How much stress can we feel about the challenges we and those we love face?

Did I mention it’s at the
Minneapolis Marriott City Center?
We hope you have enjoyed our promotional videos! See them again or for the first time HERE!
Much gratitude to producer Max Orenstein and Observe Video.
The Annual JFCS Laugh on Their Behalf Benefit is just two weeks away! Do you have your tickets?
Join us for this special evening of fun, food and comedy as together we laugh on their behalf to support the critical work of JFCS. Get your tickets now to see comedian Ryan Hamilton and much more - all at the new location: The Minneapolis Marriott City Center!

Dessert Reception Underwriters - Cindi and Harold Goldfine
Reception Sponsor - Top Ten Liquors/Jon and Jill Halper
NextGen PreParty Sponsor - Randi and Barry Wolfish
Don't miss your chance to win a fabulous raffle prize - get your tickets now or at the Benefit. You don't need to be present to win!
The 29th Annual Benefit’s fabulous raffle prize drawing will take place at the Benefit, but you do not need to be present to win. $10 per raffle ticket or 6 for $55 gives you the chance to win a fabulous prize valued up to $6,500!

Raffle tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling
952-542-4878 or purchased at the Annual Benefit. (Debit card, cash or check only)

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Shop on Their Behalf Online Auction!
With your help, we raised over $22,000 to support the critical work of JFCS, serving thousands in our community, our neighborhoods and our families each year.

Online Auction sponsors: Coordinated Business Systems, Ltd, Village Gives Back Foundation
Survey: Should JFCS Provide Addiction and Recovery Support?
Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a disease that affects people of all backgrounds, including people in the Twin Cities Jewish community. While people with many diseases feel supported by the folks around them, people with addiction often feel stigmatized and isolated by family and friends in the Jewish community.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis wants to change this by building on the support provided by the Jewish Recovery Network over the past 30 years. For those struggling with addiction, we must work to eliminate stigma, shame and guilt, and provide support, education and motivation to obtain help. 

The following confidential survey seeks your opinion and input as to how JFCS can help support people affected by alcohol and other drug addiction and recovery. As with all of our programs, JFCS staff would provide highly professional and strictly confidential care to remain at the forefront of helping to better the lives of all who seek it.  

Please note all information will be kept confidential. We are not collecting the identity of survey respondents, unless you choose to provide the information for additional contact. 

Give2017: We can’t do what we do without you
By Angie Podvin • Donor Services & Annual Campaign Manager
Think about your loyal, tried and true friends and family members. Awww, aren’t they the best? People you can turn to and count on, and who count on you too. That mutually held space reserved in support of one another? It’s pretty important. Crucial even, right? Well, at JFCS, that’s how our board and staff feel about our donors, volunteers and those we serve.

Help bring a happy turkey day to ACT Program families!
Volunteers are needed from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday,
Nov. 19, to deliver Thanksgiving food bags to our ACT/
St. Louis Park Schools families. Meet at Prince of Peace Church on Highway 7 to grab a nosh, team up with friends, and take a few bags to be delivered around the St. Louis Park area.

Please RSVP to Erica Solomon at or 952-417-2124. 

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and
National Caregiver Month
To promote a better quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias, JFCS and the Twin Cities Jewish Alzheimer’s Task Force hosted a Dementia Champion Training on Nov. 2.

Our community now has over 30 Dementia Champions who can go out into the community and teach the internationally-recognized Dementia Friends training. Both JFCS and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) support the work of the Alzheimer’s Task Force – together we have trained over 500 Dementia Friends in the past couple years.

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis offers Dementia Caregiver Coaching and Senior Care Planning consultation services for caregivers of people living with dementia.

A huge thank you to our PJ Cares families and NextGen folks for shopping for Hag Sameach gifts!
At two separate shopping events, these groups purchased games, household items, cold-weather gear, and much more to be given through the JFCS Hag Sameach program - providing gifts and ritual items for individuals and families in need to have a joyous holiday season.
Hag Sameach Sponsor: Clara Ruth Kaner Children’s Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation

Construction on JFCS' new home is coming along!
Construction on our new Golden Valley home is progressing and we look forward to a move-in date in early 2018. Our "Next Century" location will be a welcoming, community-building home for individuals and families seeking support, volunteers, staff and other community members. Follow along on our journey to a permanent home where we will serve the community for another century…or longer!

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