From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: November 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper However you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope in addition to a full tummy, you will feel full with gratitude, as well. Most of us are fortunate enough to have family, friends, support, and all the necessities of life. It may not feel that way all the time; we’re only human. Measure for measu[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: October 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Speaking as a tried and true Minnesotan, I am feeling so grateful for the magnificent fall weather and beautiful foliage we have been treated to these past few weeks. Getting outdoors for walks, Sukkah visits, apple picking and yard clean-up….I hate to see it go! I also enjoy winter (did I mentio[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: September 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper I’ve heard it said that of all of the senses humans possess, the one that stays with us long after the others do is our sense of hearing. Though this obviously does not hold true for those with profound deafness, it evidently is even the case for people with hearing-impairment. My personal experi[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: August 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper One of my fellow CEOs at a Jewish Family and Children’s Service in another state shared with me the various diversity and inclusion practices her agency was embarking upon in their effort to create an environment that was increasingly welcoming to staff, clients, volunteers, and other stakeholder[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: July 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper It’s been a while since I’ve ridden amusement park rides, but I had the opportunity to do so recently while entertaining my 3- and 6-year-old grandchildren. Sitting beside me on the Tilt-A-Whirl was my grandson, and let’s just say it would be a toss-up as to which one of us was going to….we[...]

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[...]