From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: February 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper What will you do with your 366th day? What would you do with more time? Isn’t that the age-old, time-worn question of the ages? Most of us bemoan that we never seem to have enough time to complete a task, take up a new activity, exercise regularly or simply stop and smell the roses. Well, [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: January 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper The 5 pillars of thriving non-profits Joan Garry, a recognized leader in non-profit management, says there are five pillars that establish a thriving non-profit: people, programs, money, strategy and narrative. Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis demonstrates strength in each o[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: December 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Reflections at the end of the year I recently read the following quote: “Wisdom isn’t a quick fix, achieved by Googling or asking Siri for the answer. Wisdom comes through life experience and the sharing of those experiences through the stories we tell.” I’d attribute these thoughtful wo[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: November 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper JFCS provides opportunities for clients, volunteers and donors to all feel thankful There is much for which to feel grateful. If you’re a sports fan, you can smile thinking back on the great season our hometown Twins provided this year, or you can feel great satisfaction for the season our Min[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: October 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper JFCS programs and services designed to address development needs for youth of all ages  It’s hard to believe that a new school year has been in session for already two months. In fact, the unofficial fall break, better known as MEA (Minnesota Education Association) weekend has come and gone, [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: September 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper High Holidays a time for introspection; and also a call for action   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 [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: August 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Anxiety about school safety is unfortunately on parents’ back-to-school checklist   When I was a kid, I looked forward to the start of a new school year. I liked everything about the process—new clothes, new supplies, new teachers, seeing old friends and making new ones. It was all so e[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: July 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper The need for JFCS' caregiving coaching services continues to grow   Babysitting my 1-year old granddaughter this past weekend was unadulterated fun and pure joy! No messy face while feeding herself, changing “dirty” diapers, or being constantly on-the-go while chasing this budding walke[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: June 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Pay attention to the less observed side of summer   It’s finally beginning to genuinely feel like summer around here. When I drive to work in the morning, I’m dodging kids on bicycles instead of orange school buses. The chatter around the water cooler is baseball, instead of teeth-chatt[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: May 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Halper: JFCS, JCRC and NCJW hold program addressing gun violence   With hope and purpose, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) joined together this month with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) and the National Council of Jewis[...]