Chabad Lubavitch Chaplaincy
400 Marie Ave. W.
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Chaplain: Rabbi Yona Goldberg
Ongoing visits to hospitals, nursing homes, halfway houses, shut-ins and prisons, and counseling and home visitations to Jews in troubled circumstances.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS)
5905 Golden Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) provides essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and offer support in times of need. JFCS is a social service and vocational agency dedicated to enhancing the well-being and self-sufficiency of more than 13,000 people each year. Since JFCS’ beginning in 1910, the agency has grown to more than 30 programs and services assisting people throughout the life cycle. JFCS’ vision is to be the place people come to for help, to volunteer, to work and to donate.
JFCS — Career Counseling and Coaching
Contact: Leah Temkin
JFCS provides one-on-one coaching to assess a wide range of career experiences, skills and aptitudes. This service includes career assessments with professional interpretation, individual job-search coaching sessions, résumé and cover letter critique and goal-setting sessions to create an individual action plan.
JFCS — Consultation Services
Sometimes you need an objective approach to help solve life’s problems. Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis’ Consultation Services can help define the problem, develop a plan and identify resources to get you started. Call today to schedule a confidential consultation with caring professionals.
JFCS — Counseling Services
As a core component of JFCS, our skilled and experienced counselors work with you to create personalized solutions to problems. JFCS maintains the highest ethical and clinical standards of professional practice.
JFCS — Dislocated Worker Services
Contact: Leah Temkin
Workers who are laid off or have received notice of permanent layoff or termination may be eligible for the Dislocated Worker Program. This program provides career counseling to help people make strategic decisions about their professional futures. Those who qualify receive training funds to develop new skills, update existing skills or obtain required certifications or credentials.
JFCS — Emergency Financial Assistance
JFCS assists eligible agency clients and residents of Hennepin County with financial assistance and counseling when a financial crisis occurs.
JFCS — Family Life Education
Contact: Leah Persky
Family Life Education (FLE) takes JFCS out into the community and brings the community into JFCS through presentations, trainings, workshops, classes, support groups, individual meetings and consultations. The foundations of FLE are collaboration, prevention and education with the goal of promoting individual, family and community well-being and empowerment throughout the lifespan. Customized programming includes topics such as parenting workshops, teacher trainings, addressing interfaith challenges, bullying, grief and loss, supporting caregivers, addressing challenging current events in meaningful ways and building healthy relationships.
JFCS — Food Security
Contact: Felicia Massey
JFCS conducts community outreach and advocacy on a variety of food security programs, especially SNAP. Through a working partnership with PRISM Food Shelf of Golden Valley, JFCS extends the capacities of both social service agencies to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing financial hardship and/or food insecurity. Anyone who is experiencing food insecurity can reach out for assistance obtaining food on an emergency and long-term basis.
JFCS — Hag Sameach Program
Contact: Mindy Teele
The JFCS Hag Sameach (“Happy Holidays”) program is a great opportunity to feel connected to the Jewish community, whether you are a recipient, donor or volunteer. Hag Sameach works with local synagogues, the Sabes JCC, PRISM and other organizations to ensure that people in our community who are in need of extra assistance, both during the holidays and throughout the rest of the year, have a resource for holiday gifts and essential items. If you are in need of help during the holidays or are interested in volunteering for the program, please let us know.
JFCS — Intake and Resource Connection (IRC)
IRC is JFCS’ first response to requests for help. Intake counselors listen to your concerns, identify resources and create a plan to meet your needs. From financial assistance to emotional support and counseling, IRC and JFCS can help.
JFCS — IT Pathways Career Training
Contact: Leah Temkin
IT Pathways connects individuals with the needed resources to prepare for success in IT jobs. Training and support are designed to build upon current knowledge and skills, moving individuals to the next level.
JFCS — Jewish Youth Mentoring (formerly BB/BS)
Jewish Youth Mentoring supports children and their families by offering positive volunteer Jewish mentors, empowering children through fun and unconditional friendships.
JFCS — Mental Health Support Services (MHSS)
Professional staff works with adults who live with serious and persistent mental illness to achieve and maintain health, stability and independent lives.
JFCS — Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
Contact: Cindy Uran
This program provides support for families to help them move toward self-sufficiency through employment. All participants receive an assessment and an employment plan, which outlines personalized steps necessary to reach this goal.
JFCS — ParentChild+
Contact: Kristi Murray
This innovative childhood literacy and school readiness program strengthens families and prepares children for academic success through intensive home visits. Trained home visitors help families create language-rich home environments. ParentChild+ promotes the cognitive, social and emotional development that children need to enter school ready to learn and succeed.
JFCS — Prepare/Enrich
Prepare/Enrich, a dynamic program, assists couples of all types — those considering marriage, newly engaged couples, gay/lesbian couples and those married for years. Participants learn to resolve differences, handle financial decisions and increase their communication skills. Participants are eligible for a discount on their marriage license upon completion.
JFCS — Survivor Support Services
Jewish victims of Nazi persecution can receive assistance from JFCS Senior Services, including care coordination and/or in-home services such as homemaking, bathing, Kosher Meals on Wheels and footcare, and guidance when applying for restitution and compensation. This program receives funds from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany for the Emergency Assistance Program for Nazi Victims.
JFCS — Twin Cities Jewish Healing Program
At JFCS, we believe no one should face illness or loss alone. The Twin Cities Jewish Healing Program offers spiritual guidance and shared wisdom to those in need of healing. Individuals and their families who are encountering life-altering situations receive help and support from trained volunteers and access to resources and referral. Unaffiliated individuals are able to receive clergy visits.
JFCS — Volunteer Resources
Contact: Dana Shapiro
Each year, more than 900 JFCS volunteers provide services to those in need in both the Jewish and general communities. JFCS provides short- and long-term, flexible volunteer opportunities in a variety of programs. Visit jfcsmpls.org/volunteer-opportunities to learn about current volunteer opportunities.
JFCS and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) — Jewish Free Loan Program (JFLP)
JFLP helps members of the Twin Cities Jewish community who face unexpected financial challenges. The program makes it possible for eligible members to secure an interest-free loan of up to $75,000 with co-signers.
JFCS and JFS — Mental Health Education Conference (MHEC)
Contact: Tabitha Benci DeRango
The Mental Health Education Conference strives to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma, provide support for individuals and families, offer education on topics affecting all ages and develop training for people who work with mental health issues.
Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS)
1633 W. Seventh St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Executive Director: Ruth Hampton Olkon
President: Stephen Levin
For more than 110 years, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul has been a lifeline to people in need. We provide personalized human and social services to all people and work in partnership with other agencies and resources to help individuals and families create the lives they want. Our services — provided by professional, dedicated and caring staff — help vulnerable seniors, hardworking families, new arrivals and others in our community live with dignity as they cope with life’s challenges.
JFS — Community Chaplain
Community Chaplain: Rabbi Lynn Liberman
Chaplaincy services are provided to JFS clients regardless of religious affiliation and to members of the greater St. Paul Jewish community who are unaffiliated with a congregation or synagogue. Services are provided by a rabbinic chaplain or para-chaplain skilled in clinical pastoral care in any setting or facility, e.g. medical, mental health, senior living, correctional, supportive housing or at home. Chaplaincy services offer personal spiritual and emotional support to those facing life’s challenges and concerns such as isolation, illness, grief, end-of-life and other issues.
JFS — Counseling and Early Intervention
We provide comprehensive counseling services for individuals, couples, children and families. The licensed and experienced staff offers confidential help with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationships, parenting, childhood behavior, loss, aging and other mental health concerns.
JFS — Emergency Assistance
We have limited resources to help members of the Jewish community and agency clients who find themselves in a financial emergency. An assessment and plan are created, connecting clients with resources to resolve the emergency, including some financial aid when appropriate. We also process applications for the Jewish Free Loan Program, which provides no-interest loans to members of the Jewish community.
JFS — Employment Services
We work with people to help them find and keep jobs, develop long-term career plans and enhance their skills. Services include skills assessment, career planning, résumé preparation, job search assistance, interview skills and post-placement support.
JFS — Family Life Education
The goal of Family Life Education is to teach and foster strong communication skills, knowledge of typical human development, good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem and healthy interpersonal relationships to enable individuals and families to function optimally. JFS provides programs to the general public but is also able to develop customized programs.
Jewish Recovery Network (JRN)
Contact: Stan Segelbaum
The Jewish Recovery Network is a group of addicted people in recovery or in need of recovery, as well as their families and friends, who feel a need for Jewish support in addition to that gained from 12-step groups. The JRN sponsors events, including the annual Passover “Freedom from Addiction” Seder (co-sponsored by the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis) at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, keeping the tradition of anonymity. For information or to be put on the confidential mailing or email list, call Stan S. or email the JRN.
NECHAMA — Jewish Response to Disaster
P.O. Box 17249
St. Paul, MN 55117
NECHAMA brings comfort, our Hebrew name, to communities affected by natural disaster. A nonprofit organization based in the Twin Cities, NECHAMA trains, equips and leads volunteers, regardless of faith or affiliation, to directly help communities and individuals in need nationwide. Our work is guided by the Jewish value of tikkun olam, repairing the world through acts of goodness.
Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov
400 Marie Ave. W.
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Director: Rabbi Yosaif Grossbaum
Coordinator: Mrs. Naomi Grossbaum
For more than 20 years, Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov has brought relief to needy families in the Twin Cities. In addition to providing food packages, our organization assists Russian immigrants, funds scholarships, provides for needy brides and grooms, and distributes clothing, furniture and gifts for Hanuka. All donations are tax deductible.
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