From the desk of CEO Judy Halper: September 2018

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper

For the past 18 years, in coordination with Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, and support from the Minneapolis and St. Paul Jewish Federations, as well as many individuals and other sponsors, our community has had the great opportunity to come together each October for an outstanding conference intended to eliminate stigma surrounding mental illness, and elevate understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people living with mental illness as they journey through their lives.


Judy HalperThis year’s conference will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21, and promises to be warm, welcoming, and uniquely educational. While spending time learning and reflecting, we will also celebrate Conference Coordinator Laurie Kramer, who founded the event 18 years ago, grew and nurtured it to what it has become today, and will retire following the event. We are immensely grateful to Laurie for her vision and her labor. She leaves a tremendous legacy—thank you, Laurie!


Be sure to read more about the Mental Health Education Conference and Laurie Kramer below. There is also information about Family Life Education, Jewish holiday observance and spiritual resources.


Speaking of learning, exploring, and de-mystifying, I urge you to check out the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis blog on our website where you’ll find interesting stories and helpful information. If it’s resources and connection with new parents you’re looking for, join us at Shalom Baby Circle Time.


If you are looking for help with depression, anxiety and/or managing suicidal thoughts, JFCS is only a phone call or click away at We recognize you may not always know exactly what you need or what to ask for. By calling our Intake and Resource Connection (952-546-0616), you can feel certain that our highly skilled and compassionate staff will help you navigate whatever challenges you face. JFCS is here for all. Always.


With half of the High Holidays past, and Sukkot and Simchat Torah ahead, enjoy the rest of the season, and best wishes for a sweet and healthy year.