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 thankfulThere 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[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: April 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper How often does someone attempt to know you by asking questions regarding where you live, what you do, who you know, or who lives with you? I’m guessing we all experience this type of well-intended inquiry, and that we engage in it as well. Consciously and unconsciously, we seek to organize informa[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: March 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper “Understanding and love requires a wisdom that comes only with age.” These are the words of the famous poet, Anne Sexton. With every passing day, I acknowledge their truth more and more. That’s a reflection of my own aging, as well as insight stemming from my role as caregiver to an aging pare[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: February 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo, you apparently either dislike organizing or live under a rock. Her name is everywhere these days, or so it seems, and she is known for her presentations and books on how to be your very best organizer. Her method is intended to help people to part with things t[...]