Introducing Community Services Director Amy Weiss

With its Community Services programs, JFCS looks for opportunities that help build and sustain well-being and meaningful connections, creating a stronger community. Through partnerships with PRISM Food Shelf and initiatives such as the Mental Health Education Conference and others, we aim to be a va[...]

J-Pride a home for LGBTQ Jews and allies in times of uncertainty

By Heather Renetzky • J-Pride Program Coordinator   Back in November, my partner Emma and I were listening to a segment on MPR covering people’s reactions to the presidential election. We were continuing to process the new reality and Emma asked me how I was feeling given the rise in [...]

A busy year for J-Pride continues with summer Pride festivities

By Heather Renetzky • J-Pride Program Coordinator   This past Tuesday marked a year since I started with J-Pride. So much has happened in that time! My first exposure to J-Pride was as a participant. I went to one of J-Pride’s Chanukah Happy Hours and thought, “Wow! How cool! An org[...]

All you need to know about Pride 2017

J-Pride brings together LGBTQ and allied folks in the Jewish community all year round, but June – LGBTQ Pride month – is an especially exciting month. Why June? The history of Pride goes back to the Stonewall Riots, which began on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. [...]

Why do we need transgender inclusivity programming?

• By Ariel Ezekiel Zitny   Transgender inclusion is a verb, not an adjective. And for transgender people like myself, it is a crucial component in our feelings of belonging and safety. Many people think to themselves, “We are already inclusive. We would never turn someone away becaus[...]