I was talking with a friend recently about the upcoming Jewish High Holiday season, our memories we cherish, and building new experiences during this time of year that incorporate our contemporary views. I was reminded of the sacred feeling that comes over me each time the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown. While the deeply moving sound is truly a call for introspection, it also serves as a compelling reminder to listen, hear and act.

A heartfelt thank you to all who supported JFCS through
our 2019 Annual Online Auction
Each year, proceeds from the auction support the critical work of JFCS, serving over 13,000 in our community, our neighborhoods and our families each year.

We are grateful to those who generously donated over 300 one-of-a-kind items and experiences; to everyone who bid; and to the tireless volunteers who made it all happen, including our incredible co-chairs Heidi Gedis and Vivian Bernick! Together, you raised nearly $25,000! With your help, JFCS is Here for All. Always.

If you were unable to bid, or were outbid but want to support JFCS, you still can! Simply click here and make a donation of any size .
Thank you!

Online Auction sponsors: Coordinated Business Systems, Ltd, White Bear Mitsubishi
September is National Falls Prevention Month
By Annette Sandler • Aging Services Director

Falls can drastically change a person’s ability to remain independent and can generate enormous economic and personal costs. A fall for an older adult can forever change their quality of life. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.

Aging Services Sponsors: Kelen Family Foundation, Elyse Rabinowitz & Jim Porter, The Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation
Just Call JFCS: It’s not just another tagline
At JFCS, we like to stress that we are the first place people call for help when they are facing a challenge. However, even people who are aware JFCS provides assistance in a multitude of areas are often unsure what to ask for when they call us. The good news is they don’t have to know – thanks to our hardworking staff in the Intake and Resource Connection (IRC) program, all they have to do is call our main number and they’ll be pointed in the right direction.

Nancy and Kevin Rhein to be presented with the Friends of the Family Award at JFCS’ 31st Annual Benefit
Shortly after Nancy and Kevin Rhein first settled with their three children in Minnetonka in 1994, after five cross-country corporate moves, Nancy was looking for volunteer opportunities that could include their young children. She heard about an opportunity with JFCS’ Hag Sameach (Happy Holidays) program – which includes organizing and delivering holiday gift packages for people in need – and it ended up being the perfect fit for what she was looking for. It was serendipitous for JFCS as well – 25 years later we are still benefitting from Nancy and Kevin’s ongoing and dedicated support.

Tickets on sale now for the 31st Annual Laugh on Their Behalf Benefit
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
With Comedian Jon Fisch
Minneapolis Marriott City Center

JFCS is Here for All. Always. And always is possible thanks to you.
When the calendar flips to September and the weather cools, we are reminded that we are merely days away from the New Year. With the New Year comes new challenges and new opportunities for our community. Thank you to all that have supported JFCS in the past and thus far in 2019. With your help, JFCS serves more than 13,000 individuals each year. If you are interested, in making a gift please click the “Donate” button and provide support for JFCS. If you would like to discuss gift options, please do not hesitate to reach out to our 

Dana Rubin, Development Director
952-542-4803 |

Brandon Walzer, Development Officer
952-542-4834 |
Mental Health Conference Oct. 20 will feature jazz musician Sam Miltich
The 19th annual Mental Health Education Conference sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community, “Creating Healing and All that Jazz,” is free and open to people of all faiths and spiritualities. It will feature a keynote address from Sam Miltich, a renowned jazz musician who lives with a mental health diagnosis.

In addition to the keynote address, the conference will offer two breakout sessions of workshops with 22 topics to choose from, covering mental health issues affecting youth to people in the later stages of life. Workshop topics include when it’s appropriate to seek therapy, addiction peer recovery, eating disorders, post-partum depression, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, supporting children and teens during school-age years, social media fatigue and much more!

19th Annual Conference on Mental Health
Featuring keynoter jazz musician Sam Miltich
Sunday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Temple Israel 
2323 Fremont Ave S, Minneapolis

The hardest question you’ll ever ask
By Mark Kaufman • JFCS Counselor

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. That is a scary statistic, but for some of us – actually for a lot of us – it is much more personal.

Many of us have friends and family members who have died by suicide, and this month is an opportunity to unite in remembering them together. It is also a month to really look at what we can do to address suicide in general, and to keep the people we love safe.

Counseling Founding Sponsor: Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation
PJ Our Way Minneapolis launching PJOW Kids Council for kids ages 8-12
PJ Our Way in Minneapolis is launching PJOW Kids Council, comprised of awesome kid leaders who love to plan fun activities. We are currently recruiting kids ages 8-12 who would like to join our PJOW Kids Council as a PJOW Ambassador. The PJOW Kids Council will meet four times per year, and PJOW Ambassadors will help plan events and bring their friends. 

Kick-off meeting for kids and parents
Learn more about this exciting opportunity
Sunday, Nov. 3 from 4:30-6 p.m.
JFCS, 5905 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley
Free kosher style pizza dinner included

For more information or to sign up, contact Carrie Fink at or 952-417-2139. 

Funding for the PJOW Kids Council provided by Jacob Garber Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
 2019 Twin Cities Jewish Population Study 
The Minneapolis and St. Paul Jewish Federations, in partnership with Brandeis University's Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, are currently conducting a study of members of the Jewish community in the Twin Cities. 

The last time a comprehensive study of the Twin Cities Jewish community was published was in 2004, based on data from 2003. Given the scope and significance of changes we all face, and age of the last study, we are long past due for fresh data. The goal of the 2019 study is to gain information and insight into demographics, behaviors, attitudes, and needs of community members that will inform future community programming and planning.

You may already have been contacted by letter, phone, or email by the Brandeis University's Cohen Center and its call center at the University of New Hampshire (603-397-0654) with an invitation to participate in the survey. Because this is a scientific survey with a defined sample frame, you may not receive one of these calls or emails; however, if you do, we encourage you to respond and participate in this important project on behalf of the entire community.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and sweet New Year!
More events in our community: please join us

Shalom Baby Circle Time
Sunday, Oct. 27 @ 3:30-5 p.m.
5905 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley
J-PrideRosh Hashanah Service & Potluck
Tuesday, Oct. 1 @10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 W 28th St, Minneapolis

J-Pride Queer Tashlich
Sunday, Oct. 6 @ 5:30– 8:30 p.m.
Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield

J-Pride Under the Sukkah
Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Location upon registration
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis |