From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: June 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Summer was slow to warm up this year, but all signs point to summer fun as the heat has finally arrived! With the Twin Cities Pride Festival right around the corner, and all the July 4th fun coming right after that, before long we’ll be feeling as though summer is nearly over—that’s the Minne[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: May 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it is also Older Americans Month. Supporting mental health, and honoring older adults probably deserves more than one month on the calendar, but giving “double duty” to these important parts of life is something front and center at Jewish Family and Chi[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: April 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Jim Cohen, CEO of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, recently returned from a mission trip to the border of Poland and Ukraine. He proudly reported to his Twin Cities colleagues that refugees streaming across this border are being greeted by a number of relief organizations, among them the Joint Di[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: March 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper As we watch the horrors unfold in Ukraine, and the millions of people (many of them children) become displaced, we are reminded once again of how quickly one’s life can be turned upside down. Overnight, people are losing their homes and their livelihoods, and families are becoming separated. Many[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: February 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Do we look another year older? It’s not too late to wish Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis a belated happy birthday! Our official birthday is Feb. 10 when the organization was established in 1910. That means we’ve just turned 112 years old! We couldn’t be prouder of the fa[...]

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[...]