A Jewish Helping Hand: Coaches Guide the Game of Life

This is a guest post by Sarah Malakoff at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis.
Have you ever played “LIFE,” the colorful board game that takes you on the journey, from college to retirement?  Accumulating and losing money happens fast on your trip along the board, and kids seem to magically appear in the form of pink or blue peg people.
We all know life isn’t as simple as spinning a wheel to see where you land.
Figuring out where you are in life and where you want to be is a longer, complicated, often frustrating endeavor.
That’s where coaching comes in. What you might not realize about coaching is how helpful it can be to get you on track toward your goals and improve your relationships.
Jill Stiber LICSW, Program Manager of the Counseling department at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS), says coaching helps motivated individuals identify steps for making changes. “Our counseling department has introduced several new coaching services to appeal to healthy individuals who want to live their lives to the fullest,” says Stiber.
Coaching has developed over the last 10 years as an effective way to bring out a person’s potential, covering virtually every aspect of personal development a person might aspire to.
JFCS’s Counseling department is presenting a new coaching group called Mood Masters, which is one offering among expanding services that include Parenting Coaching, Personal and Professional Growth Coaching, and Small Business Coaching.

Jill Kozberg MA LP, and Emma Nadler MA LPCC, will coach Mood Masters participants to become more mindful, manage emotions and enhance their effectiveness with others. Call Emma at 952-542-4862 to schedule a free consultation to find out if Mood Masters is right for you.


Mood Masters is a dynamic, interpersonal coaching group for healthy women age 30-to 50-“something” who want to take their relationships to the next level. Jill Kozberg, MA LP, and Emma Nadler, MA LPCC, will coach participants to become more mindful, manage emotions and enhance their effectiveness with others.
The group’s fee is $379 and participants will meet six consecutive Tuesdays, June 14 through July 19 from 5:30–7 p.m. at JFCS (13100 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 400, Minnetonka). Call Emma Nadler at 952-542-4862 today for your free consultation to see if Mood Masters is right for you. If you’d like to know more about JFCS’s counseling and coaching services, call 952-546-0616.
Here is what Mood Masters’ coaches, Jill Kozberg and Emma Nadler, have to say about the group:

Q: Who should attend the Mood Masters coaching?
Kozberg: This is for people who have relationships that they’re pleased with but who recognize those relationships could be even better.
Q: What is the goal of Mood Masters?
Kozberg: People can make a difference in their lives and relationships by participating in Mood Masters. Relationships are challenging, so we want to help make more sense of them and give participants the tools they need to achieve excellent connections with others.
Nadler: When you have vital relationships and support networks, you’re able to be more effective in your life; there are more options and you open up tangible possibilities.
Q: What are the benefits of a group atmosphere?
Kozberg: Mood Masters is about being intentional in your relationships, and the group setting facilitates that. People will be able to learn from each other in this relaxed atmosphere.
Nadler: It’s difficult to boost your relationship skills alone. We’re creating a safe, supportive environment where people can learn and grow while getting feedback from others. This is the ideal setting for enhancing interpersonal skills.