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[...]

The hardest question you’ll ever ask

Counseling September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month   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[...]

Free CEU training: “Nourishing the Therapeutic Relationship”

"Nourishing the Therapeutic Relationship": What do ancient Jewish texts and contemporary theory tell us about this? As it turns out, a lot!   JFCS will host a free CEU training on this topic on Friday, Sept. 20, at its office in Golden Valley (5905 Golden Valley Rd).   Rabbi a[...]

Rejecting Apathy and Cynicism in Light of Recent Tragedies

The heartbreaking events in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH left at least 31 people dead and many others injured. These horrific events left a hole in the hearts of so many people across the country and the world. What can we do and how can we make any sense of these evil acts of violence? Further, how s[...]

JFCS Counselor and Program Manager Carole Cera named Social Worker of the Year

Carole Cera Cera is celebrating 30 years with JFCS in September   Carole Cera, a counselor and program manager with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS), is celebrating 30 years with the agency this year and now she has another accomplishment to celebrate – she has been honore[...]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

JFCS provides Counseling, Mental Health Support Services, the Mental Health Education Conference and more   By Ruth Paley • Clinical Services Director   May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Why do we “celebrate” or acknowledge mental health awareness this way?   [...]

It’s men’s turn to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Mark Kaufman, MSW, LICSW • JFCS Therapist   When our Counseling department decided to write a blog post in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I apologetically and reluctantly volunteered.   “I’m willing to write it, but who wants to hear from a man? I mean, we[...]

JFCS excited to announce launch of Jewish Community Addiction Services

By Becky Lyle Sulkin, MSW, LGSW • Jewish Community Addiction Services Coordinator   JFCS is excited to announce the launch of Jewish Community Addiction Services. In developing these initiatives, we have been guided by a community survey and the Jewish Community Addiction Services Advis[...]

Ask a JFCS Counselor: What should I expect when I see a therapist?

JFCS’ highly skilled, licensed therapists work with care and compassion to address the challenges people face throughout their lives. They help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems that cause emotional turmoil, improve communication, coping skills and symptom management, stre[...]