Summer News

Did Someone Say Summer? Tips For Families On Navigating An Uncertain Season

Camp TEKO Cancels Camp, While JCC Day Camps Delay Openings

Herzl Camp To Stay Closed For Summer 2020

Keeping The Dream Alive As We Close The Doors (For Now…)

Watch our Campfire Conversation with area camp directors:

Virtual Camps

Camp Ramah In Wisconsin Kikar from Afar

Chabad Minneapolis

Based in Minneapolis; offering 5-day Kosher Culinary Camp at Home during June for campers ages 6-8 ($60-75)

Code Connects

Based in Los Angeles; offering 5- and 10-day Virtual Summer Camps in Music & Tech, UI/UX Design, Quantum Computing, AI, Cybersecurity, and Healthcare & Tech during June/July for campers grades 3-12 ($295-350)

Concordia Language Villages

Based in Moorhead; offering 1-5 week Virtual Villages during June/July/August for campers ages 8-18 ($325-3,860)

Girls Who Code

National program; offering 2-week virtual Summer Immersion Programs during June/July for rising 10-12th grade girls and nonbinary students (free with $300 stipend for eligible students)

Language Sprout

Based in St. Paul; offering 5-day Virtual Camp In a Box sessions during June/July for campers ages 5-10 ($150)

MacPhail Center for Music

Based in the Twin Cities; offering 5-day Virtual Music Camps during June/July/August for campers ages 4-18 ($60-290)

OSRUI E-Programs

The Second City

Based in Chicago; offering 1-5 day Online Comedy Camps during May for campers ages 4-18 ($75-250)

TEKO Ba’Bayit

UnCamp Programming Interest Form

Program info TBA – fill out interest form to be contacted with details


Mammalehs Recommend: Links for Families in Quarantine

Kids & Families Guide from Sabes JCC

Health & Wellness, Kids & Family, Cultural Arts, & Supportive Services from St. Paul JCC

Cultural & Arts Guide from Sabes JCC

Health & Wellness Guide from Sabes JCC

Summer at Home from PJ Library

Parent Resources from Minneapolis Children’s Museum

Stuck at Home from the Davidson Institute of Science

Learn from Home with the Science Museum of Minnesota

2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule template

Documenting Our Experiences: The COVID-19 Health Crisis and the Stay at Home Order (Hennepin History Museum)

Participate in PBS’s American Portrait national storytelling project

BBYO On Demand

A Brand New Virtual Experience for Jewish Teens Worldwide


Enter what we hope will become a 24/7 digital festival of Jewish culture, including conversations, interviews, rituals, music, services, and more.

Get Outside

City of Minneapolis roadway updates for safety & active recreation

CDC Considerations for Youth Sports


‘Visit’ Seniors with Virtual Visit Friend or Friendly Remote Visitors

Volunteer with PRISM, the food shelf that shares a building with JFCS

Volunteer as an on-call delivery driver with Meals On Wheels

If you can sew, make masks to alleviate shortages at hospitals

Support for Parents

PJ Library Tough Topics: God, Death, and Hate: 11 a.m. (CT) Wednesday, June 3

A moderated discussion reflecting on how families are confronting difficult issues, both in the context of a pandemic and in a broader changing world.

Conversations on parenting and beyond: Fair Playing your way thru Covid with Eve Rodsky: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday, June 4

Working from home colliding with homeschooling has become a new norm. Join New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play, Eve Rodsky and as she illuminates the need to re-establish our values and provides tools to clearly define roles and expectations to divvy up the workload fairly and communicate with grace and generosity.

“When the World Feels Like a Scary Place” Discussion with the Author: 8 p.m. Monday, June 15

“In a complicated world, big issues make both parents and children anxious–from disturbingly routine active shooter drills at school, to frightening news about climate change, pandemics, social justice issues, and violence. It’s all too easy for parents to feel at loss for how to equip their child to deal with it all in a healthy way.” Join other parents and hear Dr. Abigail Gewirtz—author, child psychologist and professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development—discuss her new book.

Watch Caring for Your Kinderlach with Dr. Joshua Stein (recorded April 24):

JFCS Parent Coaching Line

Interest Form

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