Help, with Heart, for one and all.




 Welcome to Jewish Family Services

(see Quick Links below for Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief & Loss)

“We envision a world of economic and social justice; a world where individuals, families and communities care for and support themselves and one another. To this end, we provide strength and support to individuals and families in need, in a manner sensitive to Jewish values.”

What if I’m not Jewish?…

We are often asked if we provide services only to Jewish people. Sometimes people wonder if a religious component will be evident when they come for services. The answer to both of these is No.

Jewish Family Services is not only for the Jewish Community. In fact, it is a Jewish value to care for the entire community in which we live, as well as to care for those who share our heritage. With the exception of certain programs that are geared for a Jewish clientele, our services are offered to the greater Edmonton community, and thus our tag line “Help, With Heart, For One and All”.  And we do mean all: any ethnicity or national origin, any religion or no religion, any sexual orientation or identity, any age, any size, any disability (we do our best to accommodate), any socio-economic situation, and any language (we try to find interpreters for those we cannot speak).

Good human service practice responds to the whole person, which includes attending to the person’s spirit when appropriate.  However, good practice also means that professionals respect the belief systems of their clients, and share their own with care and caution.

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Announcing the new ED

We are pleased and excited to introduce Robert J. Mitchell as our new Executive Director succeeding Larry Derkach who is retiring May 31, 2018.

Robert has spent his entire career in the not-for-profit sector and has over 15 years of senior executive management and leadership experience.  He started his career at the Boys & Girls clubs in the UK, eventually becoming CEO of Middlesex Young People Clubs.  He moved to Canada in 2003 and after completing a number of local contracts became the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Centre in Calgary.  A business purchase moved Robert and his wife Jill to Central Alberta and after Parkland Beach General Store was established, Robert had his first Edmonton experience by working for Volunteer Alberta as a Knowledge Connector consultant.  His last position was as the CEO of United Way Central Alberta which he productively managed for over 6 years.

Robert is looking forward to continuing and expanding the great work of JFSE.

An event to celebrate the work and contribution Larry has made to JFSE will be held in July, details to follow.

Calling “2nd Gens”

We are pleased to offer a two-session group for Second Generation survivors.  Topics geared to your concerns will be explored and discussed with a skilled facilitator.  This program is funded by the Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation 
Where: Jewish Family Services
When: June 5th and June 12th 6:30- 8:30 pm
Please call Megan at 780-454-1194 for more information or to register.

Handy with Electrical?

We seek a volunteer electrician for a couple of small repairs in our office. Please contact Megan at 780-454-1194 or

Arttec & Grimco Gift

Our friends at Arttec Advertising Inc. directed a $500 gift to JFS from their supplier Grimco Gives Back 2017 Sweepstakes.  Thank you!

Rhonda Eidelman Honoured

Our long-time Seniors Outreach Worker was fêted at a November 19 event sponsored by the Chabad organization, to celebrate her outstanding commitment to volunteering and community building.

Scholarship Awards

Two Sigma Alpha Mu Scholarships were awarded this year.  Mazal Tov!

Lior Erlich began her bachelor studies at the U of Alberta this fall and hopes to study neuroscience and become a medical doctor.

Romi Levin has entered her 4th year in a Bachelor of Commerce program at the U of Alberta and has her eyes set on a VP marketing position at a company yet to be determined.



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