J-Pride and Jewish community a strong presence at Twin Cities Pride weekend

pride parade By Isaac Ezra Jennings • J-Pride Program Coordinator Twin Cities Pride 2023 was an absolute blast! Thank you so much to all the incredible volunteers, community partners, and JFCS staff members who helped staff the booth. We had over a thousand visitors stop by the booth over the course of the[...]

Legalization of cannabis: What, when and where

Marijuana JFCS' Addiction and Recovery Services program aims to help educate public, staff about new law By Liliane Jurayj • Addiction and Recovery Services Program Coordinator On May 30, Minnesota became the 23rd state to legalize adult-use cannabis, with the new law set to take effect on Aug. 1[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: June 2023

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup Managing and maintaining our mental health and the well-being of our families and friends has become an unavoidable topic – and that’s a good thing. There are so many ways we can take small steps to alleviate stress and anxiety, and as such, get more exercise, develop better eating habits, and[...]

Volunteer Spotlight June 2023: Marlene and Jack Spencer

Marlene and Jack Spencer Can you tell us about yourselves and your background? We are retired now, but we were happy to help out with JFCS even when we had jobs. It never conflicted with our personal work. What JFCS programs do you volunteer with and how long have you been volunteering with JFCS? We have been [...]

J-Pride’s 2023 Pride Month events

pride parade group By Isaac Ezra Jennings • J-Pride Program Coordinator Happy Pride month everyone! Each year, throughout the month of June, communities across the world come together to celebrate the contributions and continued existence of LGBTQ+ individuals. Recently, the Human Rights Campaign declared a n[...]

Staff Q&A: New MFIP Program Manager Sharicka Kennedy

Sharicka Kennedy MFIP program helps remove barriers to employment, addressing childcare, food security, education and more JFCS Career Services empower people to explore and identify their visions of career success, including access to or support for career training. One of our many career programs, the Minn[...]