From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: February 2024

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup February is a very fitting month for Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis. Lots of people associate February with hearts and Valentine’s Day. For JFCS, not only is February the month of our founding (Feb. 10, 1910), but hearts are at the center of our much-loved logo (the Star of[...]

From the desk of CEO Judy Halper: January 2024

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup New year, new beginnings….. In the first days of this new year, I have been approached by several people who are looking for ways to get more involved. Is it because January in Minnesota can be isolating due to cold weather and it’s just easier to stay indoors? Is it because the world can fe[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: December 2023

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup In a few days we will experience the winter solstice, and with it, the relief that little by little, daylight is beginning to accumulate. Eventually, we will experience more light with each passing day. Now more than ever, that light is so welcome. It is commonplace to remind people of the challeng[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: November 2023

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup This time of year is often harried and frenetic with preparations for holidays. Many of us take on the heavy load of buying groceries, planning meals, preparing feasts, wrapping gifts, sending invitations, managing schedules, and much more. It starts with high anticipation and Hallmark images of pe[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: October 2023

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup What does the “J” in JFCS stand for? That is a question the Board and staff of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis spends time reflecting on strategically and thoughtfully. After all, we are a staff of nearly 130 diverse people reflecting many religions, ethnicities, cultures,[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: September 2023

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup Food and the month of September seem to go hand-in-hand. As kids return to school and busy schedules, the amount of food they consume is evident in family budgets. Our tastes turn from cold and creamy deliciousness to hearty and savory comfort foods. Jewish holidays at this time of year – in addi[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: August 2023

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup Some people might think it premature to feel as though summer is ending when the calendar tells us it’s still August and fall doesn’t officially begin until Sep. 23. Yet, the kids are home from summer camp, school is resuming for most students in the next few weeks, and “everything on a stick[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: July 2023

Judy Desk blog - laptop with plant and coffee cup I know what you’re thinking. How is it possible that we are already talking about, thinking about, and preparing for the return to school and the upcoming High Holy Days? It is true that summer passes much too quickly. But it isn’t just that seasons come and go too quickly (except winter) – t[...]