September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

988 suicide and crisis lifeline By Jill Kozberg • JFCS Mental Health and Senior Services Director September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a critical topic for all of us to know about, think about, and talk about. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide affects people of all ages and is co[...]

Taking time with transitions: Bringing mindfulness into the new school year

Mindfulness By Leah Persky, PhD & CFLE • Manager of Family Life Education & Addiction and Recovery Services For many parents and caregivers, the past few weeks have been filled with the business of getting ready for another school year to begin. The excitement of school supplies, haircuts, fi[...]

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[...]

Volunteer Spotlight September 2022: Raleigh Kent

Raleigh Kent Can you tell us about yourself and your background? My earlier years were on the Minneapolis Northside, later moving to south Minneapolis. I graduated from Washburn High School and went on to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. After graduating with a BSN, I went to work as a pediatri[...]

Strengthening Jewish identity, one free book at a time

Lerner Family 2 Harry Lerner, owner of Lerner Publishing Group (center), pictured with his son, Adam Lerner, CEO of Lerner, and his daughter, Mia Posada, Illustrator at the company. The Harry Lerner family, lead sponsor of JFCS’ PJ Library program for 13 years, will receive agency’s Friends of the Fami[...]