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JFS Hiring Events Get “Personal”

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Megan LePlavy, Recruiting Specialist with Sholom, interviews a JFS employment candidate

Megan LePlavy, Recruiting Specialist with Sholom, visited Jewish Family Service of St. Paul on June 24th. During her afternoon with us, she described current employment opportunities at Sholom and conducted short interviews with eight JFS Employment Department clients.

Unlike job fairs that are standard in the field of employment, JFS Hiring Events are personalized–they focus on matching one employer with candidates who fit specific job descriptions posted by the employer. The result is a higher success rate for candidates and more employer satisfaction.

Click here to view a list of upcoming JFS Employment Events.

JFS Stands Out in “Boomer Town” at Twin Cities Pride 2014

JFS at TC Pride 2014

JFS Employment Specialist Mollie Burstein-Ostrow poses with son Michael as they begin their shift at the JFS table

Representatives from Jewish Family Service staffed a table under the Boomer Town tent at the Twin Cities Pride 2014 Festival this Sunday, June 29, in Loring Park, Minneapolis. Boomer Town has grown in the past few years to warrant its own tent, which, this year, housed eight agencies that offer services for elderly LGBT members of our community.

JFS was there to present information about our Counseling, Employment, and Senior Services departments. JFS is pleased to operate as an “equal opportunity service provider.” In keeping with the sunny, summer fair atmosphere, visitors to our table had the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. We congratulate local resident Cristine Lyons for winning the drawing!

Client Testimonials Highlight JFS’s Annual Meeting

Approximately 100 people attended our annual meeting on May 15. We were inspired as we listened to Resa Gillats and Ron Rosenzweig express their appreciation of JFS for services provided to them and their families. Resa credited JFS’s Employment Services program for helping her secure her current job at the University of Minnesota. Employment Services staff enabled Resa to deliver a winning applicant package. The services provided to Resa focused on fine tuning her resume and honing her interviewing skills through mock interviews with two of our employment specialists.

Ron Rosenzweig is the only son of parents who both were Holocaust survivors. His father had dementia. His mother was the primary caregiver at the same time she was experiencing her own declining health. Ron came to JFS to find ways to support his parents who wanted to remain in their home. Esther Winthrop, JFS care manager, helped Ron and his parents develop a plan that allowed both parents to live comfortably at home until they died. In a poignant act of love, Ron flew to Israel with the remains of each parent to honor their wishes to be buried there. Hearing testimonials such as these at the beginning of a new JFS year is a poignant way to be reminded of the good work that this agency performs. View a collage of photos from the evening event.

Twin Cities Jewish Community Alzheimer’s Task Force Receives Funding

The Twin Cities Jewish Community Alzheimer’s Task Force has received a grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s to support their work in creating a dementia-friendly community. Jewish Family Service of St. Paul and Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis have taken the lead in forming the task force and facilitating the work of the task force. Click here for the full news release…

Touching Lives


From Staff

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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