From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: January 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper We all know the jokes about parents looking forward to the end of winter vacation so they can send their children back to school. This year that sentiment rang more true than ever before; and unfortunately due to the amount of Omicron virus plaguing our families, neighborhoods and communities, the [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: December 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper At this time of year, I find it easy to appreciate the beauty of holiday lights that lighten up the dark afternoons and evenings, not to mention my mood. While the early darkness descends way before evening begins, limiting my outdoor activities, I am keenly aware that in just a few days, daylight [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: November 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper We couldn’t be more excited about Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis’ 33rd Annual “Laugh On Their Behalf” Benefit taking place on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. – you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home or wherever you might be! Our Annual Benefit is an important and critical [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: October 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper After many, many months, we at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis are excitedly preparing to fully re-open our Golden Valley office and offer our services in-person! Effective Oct. 25, during office hours, our reception staff will be ready to greet clients, volunteers, and other [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: September 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper September is so many things—back to school, High Holidays, end of summer, and for most of us, signals transition. We seem to feel the change from summer to fall more profoundly than the transition to other seasons. Perhaps that’s because in Minnesota, we treasure our warm weather so dearly, kno[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: August 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Olympic gymnast Simone Biles will not only be remembered for her incredible talent, but will also be recalled for her willingness to share her struggle with mental health. She made it okay to not be okay, and she presented herself to the world as simply human in spite of her super-human athletic ab[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: July 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Is there anything more fun to look forward to than the rituals we enjoy with each changing season? Soon we’ll be thinking back fondly on the buses pulling away with children on their way to summer camp; enjoying the great outdoors (and swatting mosquitoes); attending the always celebratory PRIDE [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: June 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Throughout the pandemic, many folks in our community have struggled with food security. Having children home all day, every day, rather than in school, can stress tight family food budgets – especially when the goal is to provide healthy, nutritious food to promote long-term health. Many of our c[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: May 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Conversations are shifting from “What vaccine did you get, and how did you feel afterwards” to “How was it to hug your grandchildren after more than a year, and have you gone to a restaurant yet.” Change is coming rapidly after what was a long, difficult, scary and sorrowful time for most o[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: April 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Keeping the Spirit Alive Conference for Caregivers is Sunday, May 2 Maya Angelou famously said, “People will forget what you said and they’ll forget what you did, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.” When it comes to caregiving, nothing could be truer. Caring for a loved[...]