Caring Connections

Caring Connections provides opportunities for Jewish adults with developmental disabilities to take part in social and educational events and learn about Jewish holidays and traditions.

Stacey Spencer, Inclusion Program Manager
952-542-4845 |
sspencer@jfcsmpls.org

Hag Sameach (Happy Holidays) Program

The JFCS Hag Sameach (“Happy Holidays”) program is a great opportunity to feel connected to the Jewish community, whether you are a recipient, donor or volunteer. Hag Sameach works with local synagogues, the Sabes JCC, PRISM and other organizations to ensure that people in our community who are in need of extra assistance, both during the holidays and throughout the rest of the year, have a resource for holiday gifts and essential items. There are many ways to participate in this program and we are confident we will find the perfect fit for you!

The JFCS Hag Sameach Adopt-A-Family program helps families by providing so much more than gift items. Its recipients receive support in getting essentials beyond what the Hag Sameach holiday program typically provides. Adopt-a-Family donors are given a list of families who are in need of extra support this holiday season. With information presented confidentially, they receive a family profile that includes family member ages, gender and specific requests and needs. As an Adopt-a-Family donor, you shop for the family’s specific needs and deliver the gifts to JFCS by Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. In addition to gifts for the holidays, families in our Adopt-a-Family program have a greater need for basics such as clothing and household supplies.

> Seeking assistance or making a referral?
> Donate
> Gift Donation Form
> Volunteer

Mindy Teele, Outreach Coordinator, Hag Sameach & PJ Library
952-542-4870 | mteele@jfcsmpls.org

J-Pride

J-Pride’s mission is to engage Minnesota based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Jews and their allies to come together for social events, community gatherings, celebrations, and educational opportunities. For more information on upcoming events and programming, “like” J-Pride on Facebook.

Miriam Graham,  J-Pride Program Coordinator
612-481-1037 | mgraham@jfcsmpls.org

Annual Conference on Mental Health

A collaborative effort to raise awareness, provide education, and reduce the stigma of mental illness in all segments of the Twin Cities Jewish community. To donate to the conference, click here.

Tabitha Benci DeRango, JFCS Community Conference Coordinator
952-417-2107 |
tderango@jfcsmpls.org

NextGen

NextGen provides opportunities for young adults ages 21-36 to develop leadership skills and deepen connections to JFCS and its mission through social and volunteer experiences and philanthropy.
> Donate to NextGen

Alyson Jones, Development NextGen Coordinator
952-417-2124 | ajones@jfcsmpls.org

PJ Library

This is an international award-winning program designed to strengthen Jewish identity by sending Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children from age newborn through 8 years. PJ Library also hosts regular community events for families. Any family with a Jewish connection is invited to enroll and receive these beautiful, age-appropriate books. Sign up today at www.pjlibrary.org or visit PJ Library’s Facebook page.

Carrie Fink, PJ Library Coordinator
952-417-2139 | cfink@jfcsmpls.org

PJ Our Way

This is the next chapter of PJ Library, for kids ages 8½-12. With PJ Our Way, rather than receiving a specific book in the mail, kids can go to www.pjourway.org every month to choose the book they want to receive. Kids can also submit reviews and videos about the books. They can apply to be part of the national Design Team that has early access to PJ Our Way books and helps create content for the website.

Carrie Fink, PJ Library Coordinator
952-417-2139 |
cfink@jfcsmpls.org

Professional Development and Trainings

JFCS provides a range of trainings and educational opportunities for diverse groups and organizations.  Our professional educators and staff have expertise working with families, diverse organizations, camp counselors, school-aged children, teachers, and community members. Programming is available for secular and Jewish organizations. You can access our full range of offerings here. If you do not see what you are looking for, please reach out and tell us about your needs. We are excited to work with you and tailor programming to meet your unique needs.

Leah Persky, Family Life Education Manager
952-542-4825 | lpersky@jfcsmpls.org

Shalom Baby

Shalom Baby welcomes families of newborns and babies, up to age 2, to the Jewish community. Families with newborns are invited to our community baby showers to meet other families and receive free goodie bags and a subscription to PJ Library. Also join us for Circle Time, an activity group with music, shakers, storytime, tumble time, yoga, massage and parachute play.

Carrie Fink, PJ Library Coordinator
952-417-2139 |
cfink@jfcsmpls.org

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