Planning for a COVID winter

COVID Winter Embracing winter sports, indoor hobbies and hygge By Natalie Quiring-Oleson, MSW, LICSW • JFCS Counselor It seems fall is coming closer to an end, with patches of snow remaining in yards reminding us of the snowstorms of October. Temperatures have fallen considerably, which means yet ag[...]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Natalie Quiring-Oleson, MSW, LICSW • JFCS Counselor Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? According to the CDC, about 1 in 4 women and almost 1 in 10 men have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking in their lifeti[...]

Introducing Community Conference Coordinator Tabitha Benci DeRango

Commuinity Conference Coordinator Two of the largest conferences that JFCS co-sponsors are the Annual Conference on Mental Health (held each fall – which will be virtual this year) and Conference for Caregivers (held in spring every other year). Tabitha Benci DeRango, who was recently hired as the JFCS Community Conference Coordi[...]

Folx in Relationships* in a socially distant world

Tips for navigating life at home during this difficult time By Mark Kaufman • JFCS Counselor *Folx in Relationships is a term intended to be more inclusive of the diversity of romantic relationships than “couples" We are all facing rapid changes in our routines in the face of a pan[...]

Mental health tips for this period of social distancing

By Michel Rousseau • JFCS Counselor Social distancing does not imply emotional distancing: Staying connected and engaged with your family/friend/communities is important, now more than ever, and can be done in a number of ways (phone, text, email, video chat, written letter, etc.).   Be m[...]

Looking back at a career in healing

Judy Marcus retires as JFCS’ Healing Program Coordinator after 22 years Though Judaism is thousands of years old, the modern-day concept of Jewish Healing Centers doesn’t go back that far. The National Center for Jewish Healing (NCJH) was established in 1994 in response&n[...]

Mental Health Conference Oct. 20 will feature jazz musician Sam Miltich

Mental Health Education Conference In addition to keynote, conference will feature workshops with 22 topics to pick from   The 19th annual Mental Health Education Conference sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community, “Creating Healing and All that Jazz,” will be held 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Temple Is[...]