From the desk of CEO Judy Halper: January 2024

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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 feel overwhelming, and the only way to make it less so is to stay busy (and maybe turn off the TV and put down devices)? Is it because there are so many interesting things to do, and closets can wait to be cleaned out in the spring? I suspect for everyone, the answer is a little bit different, or possibly all of the above.

At Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, there is always some way we can respond to your interest in getting involved. We are currently in planning mode for this year’s Passover Sober Seder, the annual Mental Health Education Conference held in the fall, volunteers to help with Hag Sameach Passover delivery, various ways to help with food security, and so much more.

Our programs and services to assist caregivers is ongoing. Counseling sessions are available to address concerns you want to manage or manage better in 2024. We offer mentoring opportunities; both being a mentor or having a mentor. Educational and supportive experiences are available that address the needs of young people and parents. Connections are taking place for families with young children and activities for people who identify as LGBTQA+. There is a lot that JFCS offers, and we are carefully listening to what the community tells us is needed.

If getting involved, doing something good for yourself or for the community is on your new year’s to-do list, please reach out. If you need help, please ask. If you can offer help, please let us know. JFCS is Here for all. Always.