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 [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: April 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Adjusting to the new normal during this time of crisis Today when we speak with someone over the phone, through email or text or with FaceTime – since there’s no “seeing” or talking to one another face-to-face – we ask with true sincerity, “How are you?” Those three little word[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: March 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper March is National Social Workers Month March is National Social Workers Month, and I want to call attention to the amazing people who commit themselves to this compassionate work. Like teachers, social workers’ positive contributions to our lives is too often overlooked and undervalued. Tr[...]

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 [...]