From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: January 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper 10 months into pandemic, keeping focus on self-care is important It is difficult to believe that most of us have been living a “dialed back” life for 10 months. We have put off vacations and celebrations, avoided crowds and busy stores, and become experts at do-it-yourself haircuts and m[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: December 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper JFCS will be responsive to community needs as we move into 2021 We’ve turned the corner in many respects. 2020 is coming to an end, and a new year is just days away. Each of us in our own way is looking forward to a fresh start and a healthier year for ourselves and our communities. We’v[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: November 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper JFCS excited to announce launch of Memory Cafe program Current events require all of us to pay close attention to details we might never have given much thought to in the past. Washing our hands copiously, making sure we have facemasks at the ready, eye-balling distances of six or more feet [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: October 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper One of the wonderful things about living in Minnesota is that we can always divert our attention to the weather! That’s always a safe topic of conversation, right? Meterological  conversations seems necessary right now as we confront the two more talked-about current topics (other than the w[...]

From the desk of CEO Judy Halper: September 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper JFCS is the place to turn to during this difficult High Holidays season Apples and honey, new “Temple” shoes and dresses, a million wishes shared with friends and family for a sweet and healthy New Year, and the incredible sounds blasting from shofars….these have always been some of th[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: August 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Finding motivation during the 'dog days of summer' Have you noticed that the “dog days of summer” are here? That’s an old expression meant to identify how many of us begin to feel as summer slowly simmers towards fall. When I was a college kid working at summer camp, I remember the “[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: July 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Most of us are familiar with the famous line from Confucius that says, “May you live in interesting times.” How very true for what has become known as “The time of COVID.” One day, we will look back and recall how our “normal” lives were suspended. We might also feel some disbelief at t[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: June 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper During challenging times, JFCS provides resources while advocating for change Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis’ mission has tremendous relevance for the challenging times we are experiencing. We proudly say that we provide essential service to people of all ages and ba[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: May 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Minding your mental health during the pandemic It might have been a month ago, and then again, it seems like years ago, that I mentioned in this column that it is always important to mind one’s mental health as much as one’s physical health. It maybe has never been as important as it is [...]