The Public Affairs Voice of the Jewish Community

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Government Affairs

The Twin Cities Government Affairs Program (Government Affairs Program) represents the interests of the Twin Cities Jewish community’s social service agencies and day schools before federal, state, and local governments.

Initiated in 2001 as a collaborative program of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Minneapolis Jewish Federation (MJF), and the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, it is responsible for maintaining and advancing a $27 million annual government funding stream to our community’s social service agencies and schools.

Recent successes include:

  • Defeating proposals to sharply reduce funding for our agencies preserving over $1.7 million for the community—despite huge budget deficits and a pending government shutdown.
  • Parent Child Home Program (PCHP): Secured $250,000 for Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Minneapolis’ research-proven and evidence-based early childhood literacy and school readiness program.
  • Older Adult Services: Secured $975,000 in new one-time government funding for older adult services, including the construction of Sholom’s new St. Paul campus, and initiatives to empower seniors to age in place and support their family caregivers.