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Beth El Synagogue — Hattan V’Kallah Marital Workshop
5225 Barry St. W.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Facilitator: Rabbi Alexander Davis, in conjunction with JFCS

Engaged and recently married couples are invited to participate in workshops jointly conducted by Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) and Beth El staff. The workshops consist of discussions and Jewish study of important marital issues such as communication, intimacy and sexuality, and building a Jewish home and family. Call for specific dates and registration.


Beth El Synagogue — Volunteer Opportunities
Chair: Barbara Krupp

Volunteer to help with one of Beth El’s many gemilat chesed (acts of loving kindness) programs. Whether it is helping to feed the hungry or visiting the homebound, healing the world or helping a neighbor, we’d love to have you on our team of volunteers.


Chabad Lubavitch Chaplaincy
400 Marie Ave. W.
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Fax: 775-415-8180
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.


CHAIM (Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota)
Chair: Ken Engel

CHAIM is a Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area group of children (second generation, a.k.a 2Gs) and other descendants and friends of Holocaust survivors. We are linked together by the common goals of preserving and honoring our legacy, and the legacy of our parents and other family members affected by the Holocaust, tackling issues of mutual interest, sharing resources and programming ideas, providing emotional support for our members, and reaching out to future generations — grandchildren (3Gs) and great-grandchildren (4Gs) of survivors. We meet approximately every other month and offer programs dedicated to remembrance of the Holocaust and to supporting the needs of descendants of survivors. These programs include guest speakers on topics of interest, educational and social action projects, documentaries about the Holocaust, and personal stories shared by our members about the 2G experience. There is no fee charged to belong to CHAIM. CHAIM is affiliated with 2G groups throughout the world, and with the worldwide umbrella group, Generations of the Shoah International (GSI), the world’s largest Holocaust family organization.


The Holocaust Survivors Group
Sholom Home East
740 Kay Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Contacts: Lucy Smith and Walter Schwarz

The Holocaust Survivors Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Sholom Home East. The group welcomes all survivors for interesting discussions of past and present issues, and mutual caring. The descendants of survivors are also welcome.


Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS)
13100 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 400
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-593-1778

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 wellbeing and self-sufficiency of more than 16,000 people each year. Since JFCS’ beginning in 1910, the agency has grown to more than 35 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 — AskBarbara

If you need a confidential answer or insight into parenting, relationships, interfaith or fertility issues, AskBarbara is a free question-and-answer service that takes you from diapers to homework to college and beyond. Just e-mail: and you’ll get a prompt response from an experienced professional.


JFCS — Career Training Assistance
Contact: Leah Temkin

This program is funded by the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training and serves Minneapolis residents. Career Training Assistance has funds available for tuition, books and tools for vocational and technical training that lead to sustainable, full-time employment in high-growth, high-demand fields, including health care, finance and insurance, and professional and technical services.


JFCS — Career Training Assistance
Fax: 952-591-0227
Contact: Leah Temkin

This program is funded by the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training and serves Minneapolis residents. Career Training Assistance has funds available for tuition, books and tools for vocational and technical training that lead to sustainable, full-time employment in high-growth, high-demand fields, including health care, finance and insurance, and professional and technical services.


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

JFCS provides free services to people who have lost their jobs due to a layoff, including career counseling and assessments, job search assistance, education planning and retraining, as well as emergency financial assistance. These services help job candidates develop new skills, update their existing skills and/or obtain required certifications or credentials.


JFCS — Emergency Financial Assistance

JFCS assists eligible agency clients and members of the Jewish community with financial assistance and counseling when a financial crisis occurs.


JFCS — Family Life Education
Program Manager: Barbara Rudnick

Family Life Education works to educate, train and provide forums to create healthier individuals, families and communities. Sessions take place at synagogues, schools, businesses and other organizations. JFCS offers customized programming, training and consultation on a variety of topics, including parenting and promoting healthy families, life challenges, interfaith relationships, grief education, caregiver support, personal growth, special needs and workplace issues.


JFCS — Hag Sameach Program
Contact: Mindy Teele

Volunteers shop for, wrap and deliver gifts to individuals and families who otherwise would not receive gifts for the holidays. Hundreds of families are referred to JFCS each year. Donations are accepted year-round.


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

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 Big Brother/Big Sister Program (BB/BS)
Program Coordinator: Bobbie Goldfarb

Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister supports children and their families by offering positive volunteer Jewish role models, empowering children through fun and unconditional friendships.


JFCS — Mental Health Support Services (MHSS)
Program Manager: Jill Kozberg

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)
Program Manager: Cindy Uran

The Minnesota Family Investment Program helps individuals develop the skills necessary to make the transition to competitive employment. Each participant learns job search techniques, including résumé writing and computer skills.


JFCS — Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)
Program Manager: 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. PCHP promotes the cognitive, social and emotional development that children need to enter school ready to learn and succeed.


JFCS — Platinum Program
Program Manager: Brooke Greenwell

The Platinum Program serves individuals ages 50 and older and individuals of any age who live west of Hwy 494. This is a program for those who are ready to take their next career step. Platinum establishes the foundation to help adults achieve career success. This program is supported by Hennepin County.


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
Contact: Annette Sandler

Jewish victims of Nazi persecution can receive assistance from JFCS Senior Services, including care coordination and/or in-home services 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
Program Coordinator: Judy Marcus

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.


JFCS — Volunteer Resources
Contact: Debra Savitt

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. Each month volunteer opportunities are featured in our e-directions and “Mitzvah Madness” e-newsletters.


JFCS — Veterans Hiring Initiative
Contact: Justin Elvebak


Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) — Healthy Youth-Healthy Communities (HY-HC)
Contact: Danielle Livon Bemel

This program for Jewish youth in grades five through college addresses topics such as relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, and mental health. Interactive programs help dispel myths and negative attitudes surrounding these and other topics. The program is free and available to all programs that serve Jewish youth.


JFCS and JFS — Jewish Free Loan Program

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 $7,500 with co-signers.


JFCS and JFS — Mental Health Education Project (MHEP)

The Mental Health Education Project strives to raise awareness of mental health issues, 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
Fax: 651-698-0162
Executive Director: Ted Flaum
President: Dr. Jimmy Levine

For more than 100 years, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul has been a lifeline to people in need. We provide personalized social and employment services to Jewish and non-Jewish community members, 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 an emergency situation involving finances. 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 skills and knowledge needed for healthy functioning by individuals and within families are widely known: strong communication skills, knowledge of typical human development, good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem and healthy interpersonal relationships. The goal of family life education is to teach and foster this knowledge and these skills to enable individuals and families to function optimally. JFS provides programs to the general public but is also able to develop customized programs.


JFS — Parents of Adult Children Who Struggle

This support group is for parents of adult children, 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. Members provide each other with encouragement, and share experiences and resources in a confidential and supportive setting. The group meets at JFS on the third Sunday of each from 6 to 8 p.m.


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 at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, keeping the tradition of anonymity. For information or to be put on the confidential mailing or e-mail list, call Stan S. or e-mail the JRN.


NECHAMA — Jewish Response to Disaster
4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

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
Executive Director: 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.


3620 Phillips Pkwy.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Fax: 952-939-1662
Chief Executive Officer: Barb Klick
President: Chuck Selcer

Sholom’s roots began in 1908 when the first Jewish Home for the Aged opened in St. Paul. Today Sholom, a nonprofit organization, operates 10 senior care services/facilities providing a broad continuum of residential, social service and health care services primarily for older adults and within a Jewish environment.


Sholom Foundation
3610 Phillips Pkwy.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Fax: 952-939-1591
Executive Director: Joel Mandel
President: Mike Saxon

The Sholom Foundation’s sole mission is to raise sufficient funds to generate annual financial support for Sholom services and facilities, and promote excellence in care for those served by Sholom.


Sholom Auxiliary
3620 Phillips Pkwy.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Fax: 952-939-1662
President: Sheryl Rutzick

Auxiliary members work tirelessly to provide the “extras” that make Sholom so exceptional. Volunteers, special events and fundraising bring added services and comfort to residents and tenants in all Sholom buildings. The Auxiliary sponsors membership meetings and other special events. “Delicious Knishes” are available year-round from the Auxiliary at both Sholom campuses.


Temple of Aaron Social Justice Committee
616 S. Mississippi River Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Chair: Brian Zaidman

A variety of volunteer opportunities exist to work on projects ranging from a food shelf to Habitat for Humanity, from helping at Sholom to working with a homeless shelter, from helping with the annual Hanukah party to working on improving literacy. They also provide guest speakers for learning on Shabbat. Get involved and help improve our world.

(Updated 02.09.17)

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