“I am not your inspiration, thank you very much” 

Stella-Young Society's habit of turning disabled people into ‘inspiration porn’ By Stacey Spencer • JFCS Disability Services Manager To commemorate Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) each February, I like to bring attention to the life of an amazing disability ri[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: February 2023

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup Like many of you, I am trying to wrap my arms around the reality that more than 5 million people have become displaced by the recent earthquakes in Syria and Turkey. That’s right – 5 million – as reported by the governments of the two countries. The disruption and trauma that will accompany a[...]

Ambiguous loss: A type of grief that is present even without death

african american woman fetal position on bed By Michel Rousseau • JFCS Therapist A large part of my clinical practice as a psychotherapist at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis focuses on supporting those who are grieving. Even though everyone faces experiences surrounding death and dying at some point in their lives, [...]

Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) 2023 events

JDAIM logo During the month of February, JFCS and Jewish communities around the world observe Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The mission of JDAIM is to unite Jewish communities worldwide to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews to be accepted and included in[...]