New to St. Paul


Welcome! We are delighted that you are either considering making St. Paul your new home or have already chosen to move here! The greater St. Paul area has a thriving Jewish community with an active, engaged and highly affiliated population. This is truly a place for everyone. The St. Paul Jewish Federation is the place to get connected.

From events and special interest groups to volunteering and philanthropy opportunities, we offer multiple ways for you to connect to Jewish life and our local community.

  • Tell us about yourself and request a free Shalom St. Paul Welcome Kit.

  • Sign up for our Federation Five e-newsletter and quarterly newsletter, Connections.

  • Explore local Jewish events, programs and other opportunities on the Community Calendar.

  • Find Jewish Schools and Camps.

  • Want to find others to connect with or find out more information that most interests you:

    • Children & Youth

    • Families

    • Legal Professionals

    • Medical Professionals

    • Women

    • Young Adults

We would love to speak with you and help you connect with the activities and information you're interested in.


Please contact our Community Concierge, Niza Schear, at 612-805-2725 or


Niza Schear - Community Concierge
GOAL: To enrich the lives of children, adults, families, and the community as a dynamic connector.


My name is Niza Przetycki Schear, and I was born in Haifa, Israel. I live in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and am blessed with three beautiful children; Ahmree (23), Kobi (19), Sofie (18), and our sweet puppy Bella. I have worked with children and adults of all ages throughout our Minneapolis and St. Paul communities. I have been a classroom teacher for over 30 years, hold an MAEd from Hamline University, and am a licensed K-6 grade teacher. It has been my privilege to have worked for many years in and outside the Jewish community.


My employment experiences have included leading and teaching at: Heilicher Jewish Day School, Bnai Emet, Beth El, Mpls Jewish Community Center, Adath Synagogue (Rosh Chodesh (New Month) teenage girls group leader), ELL (English Language Learner) Educator at North Jr High for international students, JFCS (Jewish Family and Children’s Services)-Parent-Child Programming Coordinator, Housing Director for Comfort First (Senior Living and Memory Care), English Teacher for senior citizens at Heartland Adult Program, Talmud Torah of Minneapolis and St. Paul. 


I enjoy writing and am the author of a published book: My Pixie Dixie, and am currently writing a picture book about Peace, a true story, called: BFF Best Falafel Friends. I’m thrilled to be the new concierge for the St. Paul Jewish Federation and join a fabulous team of professionals. As a child of Russian and Polish immigrant parents, I value and celebrate diversity when I connect with others. Some of my catchphrases I believe in include: “Just Show Up! There is a place for you!” I look forward to enriching the lives of children, adults, and families to meet the mission of building an engaged, dedicated, joyful, and welcoming St. Paul Jewish community.

Niza Schear
Community Concierge