Speaking as a tried and true Minnesotan, I am feeling so grateful for the magnificent fall weather and beautiful foliage we have been treated to these past few weeks. Getting outdoors for walks, Sukkah visits, apple picking and yard clean-up….I hate to see it go! I also enjoy winter (did I mention I’m a tried and true Minnesotan); still I have to make adjustments during the cold weather months in order to minimize isolation and continue daily activity. Like many of you. I accept that everything takes a little more time in winter. We have to factor in more time for layering up, navigating more slowly, and we have to say goodbye to friends and family who winter away. Such is life for hearty Minnesotans.

Get tickets NOW for the JFCS 34th Annual Benefit:
An all NEW, reimagined event!
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022
7 to 10 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
5801 Opus Parkway, Minnetonka
Get your tickets now. Space is limited.

This year it’s an all NEW, reimagined event! Leave the sweat pants at home and money for parking in your wallet! We will joyfully gather again at a new location and celebrate coming together as a community to support the important work of JFCS. Enjoy an all new Annual Benefit with fun experiences, including live music by The Sons, a game of darts, a photo booth, demonstrations from our mixologist, fun food passed and at stations, and a dessert, hot cocoa, candy and popcorn bar sponsored by Cindi and Harold Goldfine. Most importantly, there will be touching moments and opportunities to support JFCS.

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month
By Sheilah Howard • JFCS Career Services Director

More than half a million Minnesotans report having one or more disabilities and the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is double that of people without disabilities. During our current historically tight labor market, it’s more important than ever to reach out to often-overlooked talent pools, including those with disabilities, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The work of Vocational Rehabilitation programs across the state, including one at JFCS, remains critical.

Group Volunteering with Volunteers in Action
Volunteers in Action is a JFCS volunteer corps that supports organizations in the Jewish and broader communities and is a way for participants to get involved with group volunteer opportunities with their families, friends and/or co-workers. The program partners with organizations whose missions align with JFCS’ mission to provide essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and offer support in times of need.

If you are interested in joining group volunteer opportunities, please complete this form and we will reach out soon about upcoming events.

Participate in a Mitzvah Project through JFCS
Let JFCS support you as you prepare for your big day of becoming a B’Mitzvah and embrace the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repair of the world). These projects are open to anyone and are great options for both individuals (B’Mitzvah students, teens, and adults) and groups (families, schools, book clubs, mahjong groups, community organizations, businesses, etc.) looking to make a difference in the community.

Contact Dana Shapiro, Community & Volunteer Engagement Manager, at or 952-417-2112 with any questions about volunteering at JFCS. Stay informed through our quarterly volunteer e-newsletter and let Dana know if you want to be added to the list to receive future editions.
988 is the Nation’s New Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
By Samantha Shepherd, MSW, LICSW • JFCS Therapist

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2020, someone in this country died of suicide every 11 minutes. In addition to this, over 12 million adults seriously considered suicide, with over 3 million planning an attempt, and over 1 million attempting suicide. As a response, congress designated that a new three-digit dialing code, 988, be created to expand support for folks experiencing any mental health crisis. On July 16, 2022, this number was launched and received 96,000 calls in its first week alone, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Counseling Lead Sponsors: Engler Family Foundation, Susan and Richard Goldman, The Kaplan Family, in loving memory of Julie Kaplan
Parenting Class:
Parents and Self-Care: Beyond the Bubble Bath
Wednesday, Nov. 2 @ 12-1 p.m.
On Zoom
Register here and receive the Zoom link within 1-2 business days of your registration. There is no cost for this event.

We know that parenting is the most challenging and most rewarding job there is. Parents often feel like they have limited time, so many decisions to make, and too much to do in a given day. If you have ever felt overwhelmed, exhausted by daily parenting tasks, like you have lost control of your own time or schedule, or would just like to feel more grounded, we welcome you to attend this class.

Constellation Fund features ParentChild+
The Constellation Fund is a Minneapolis-based organization whose mission is to fight poverty in the Twin Cities by raising the living standards of individuals and families living below the poverty line in the seven-county metropolitan area. It takes an outcome-based approach to this critical effort, prioritizing evidence over anecdotes in order to find, fund, and empower poverty-fighting services creating transformational impact in our community.

JFCS’ ParentChild+ program has been fortunate to receive grants from The Constellation Fund since 2020, and was featured prominently in its recent impact report. “The Constellation Fund used long-term studies of other ParentChild+ programs and similar home visiting programs along with school data from the Twin Cities to project that the children who receive two years of the ParentChild+ program will be 30% more likely to graduate from high school,” the impact report stated.

ParentChild+ Founding Sponsors: Anonymous, Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children, Constellation Fund, Richard and Beverly Fink Family Fund, Beverly N. Grossman Foundation, Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Allan Stillerman, in memory of his late parents: Friedel and David Stillerman; late parents of Loni Stillerman: Shirlee and Maurice Pilch and in loving memory of Loni Stillerman.
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, using State of Minnesota funding and federal funding, CFDA 84.425U, ESSER III – American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Exciting NextGen events and volunteer opportunities
JFCS' NextGen exists to inspire the next generation to connect with one another and the Jewish community through tikkun olam (repair of the world). It serves Jewish young adults ages 21-36 who are living in the Twin Cities. It provides participants with social engagements and programs, as well as volunteering and leadership opportunities. NextGen operates through a board of volunteers who serve as ambassadors of JFCS and help plan and implement NextGen events throughout the year.

Mark your calendars and join us at NextGen’s upcoming events and volunteer opportunities:

JFCS currently has some exciting and rewarding job opportunities!
At JFCS, our mission is to provide essential services to people of all ages and
backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and offer support in times
of need. We serve and employ people of all cultures and faith traditions and highly
value inclusion and diversity. Employment opportunities are available to all without
regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender
identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability.
We are an equal opportunity employer.