Jewish Family Service of Saint Paul

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2014 JFS Annual Report now available

Jewish Family Service  of St. Paul is proud to share our 2014 Annual Report.  The past year proved to be a very full and successful year for JFS, as we provided services to 1,193 individuals throughout the community.  We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and professional staff, as well as a diverse and active Board of Directors.  To review our Annual Report, please click HERE.

Support Group for Parents of Adult Children who Struggle

angry-parent-Gladskikh-Tatiana-editedSunday, June 17, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ JFS Office.  For more info call 651-698-0767.

Are you the parent of a young adult (ages 18-29) whose path to independence and self-reliance is hampered by struggles with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse or other mental health issues?

Join with other parents to provide encouragement and share experiences and resources with each other in a confidential and supportive setting.  The group meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the JFS office, 1633 7th St. W., St Paul from 6 to 8 p.m.

Questions? Call JFS at (651) 698-0767 or email:


Keeping the Spirit Alive!

On May 3rd, the Twin Cities Jewish Community Alzheimer’s Task Force held a conference for those caring for a loved one experiencing dementia.  Over 300 people attended.  The evaluations received from those attending were extremely positive with comments like “This was an amazing conference filled with compassion, useful tips and reassurance. Kol Hakavod!” The conference was launched with a brief video, created by volunteers specifically for the conference. The video highlighted several caregivers from the Jewish community sharing their heartfelt and inspiring stories.  A video of those stories can be accessed, below.  The keynote was delivered by Carol Shapiro and her son, Mark. Carol’s husband was diagnosed over 10 years ago with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. They shared the heartaches, joys and the lessons they have experienced throughout their journey. Ten breakout sessions on various topics related to caregiving and understanding dementia were delivered by experts in the field, providing invaluable information to those caring for their family members. Rabbi Stieffel and Rabbi Adler kicked off and ended the conference with powerful spiritual messages and prayer that inspired and motivated everyone.

The Twin Cities Jewish Community Alzheimer’s Task Force is co-chaired by Chris Rosenthal, JFS Senior Services Director, and Annette Sandler, Director of JFCS Aging and Disabilities Services.  The Task Force is comprised of members from throughout the Jewish Community.  Originally chosen as one of five pilot communities by the State-led initiative, ACT on Alzheimer’s, the Twin Cities Jewish Community, has been focusing on action steps to increase awareness and reduce stigma about dementia.  One of the next initiatives of the Task Force is to present one hour “Dementia Friend” trainings throughout the Jewish community. For more information on these trainings, contact Chris Rosenthal.

Touching Lives


From Jackie’s Story

Jackie came to JFS in August 2011 after she chose UCare for her health insurance program. She had just turned 65. Jackie had been living with her daughter but decided to move and live in an apartment alone after she and her daughter had a…

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