From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: November 2022

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper

However you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope in addition to a full tummy, you will feel full with gratitude, as well. Most of us are fortunate enough to have family, friends, support, and all the necessities of life. It may not feel that way all the time; we’re only human. Measure for measure, if we have our health, and we have our support systems, then the material things don’t seem to matter as much.

November is not only Thanksgiving, but on Nov. 11 it was Veteran’s Day and on Nov. 13 it was World Kindness Day. What a grand month! I know I am grateful for all those who put their lives on the line in defense of freedom, and I am thankful for those who think and act with kindness – and I learn from them as well.

At Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, we endeavor to Live Our Values Everyday (LOVE). Jewish tradition teaches us that we must welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the widow, and treat others as we would want to be treated. These values are embedded in all our programs and services, which are offered to all our neighbors with professionalism and boundless compassion. I am truly grateful to our committed and dedicated JFCS staff and volunteers, as well as to our donors. Together, we are able to live our values every day and care for our community.

I wish you all a very happy and grateful Thanksgiving,