Hanukkah 2020

Hanukkah gift bags were delivered to 293 Jewish clients and friends of Jewish Family Services this past week. This promised to be a very lonely and gloomy holiday because of Covid 19 rules.  With the help of many private donors and community agencies we were able to help light many Hanukkiahs, spin a few dreidels and feed latkes to some hungry people .

The gift bags were delivered to seniors at home or in residences, and families that would have been left out of  celebrations. The gift bags were offered to help remember holidays gone by and family members that were no longer around to share this happy season. We received many notes of appreciation and calls from thankful clients. The tears were mixed with both happy and sad memories as stories were shared of Hanukkah - gone - by. These gift bags were free to the recipients and we appreciate all the donations we received  to ensure that this service could occur.

Please let us know if you are aware of anyone else who would benefit from our next delivery!

“I can’t thank you enough for helping to make this Hanukkah happen for me. I was all alone and I felt so sorry for myself. Then there was a knock at the door and Hanukkah came alive right before my eyes.”

“You people at JFS just outdid yourself this year. There wasn’t anything left out of my Hanukkah gift bag.”

“My sister and I just finished a tearful conversation of my long lost sister and the recent passing of our dad. We shared all our heartbreaking Hanukkah woes and your bag of treats arrived and helped to cheer the moment.”

Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah…

Snowflakes are just around the corner and with the ongoing issues of Covid 19, this is going to be a long and lonely winter. Jewish Family Services is looking to spice up the Hanukkah season with some very special treats for our community members to enjoy. Gift bags are being prepared by our staff and will be delivered to homes and institutions around the city in early December. All ingredients are kosher and packaged to assure Covid 19 germs will not be spread. If you know of anyone or family that could benefit by receiving a gift bag please contact Rhonda at seniors@jfse.org or call 780-454-1194. There is no cost for this service but all donations are greatly appreciated to help support this program.

Pearls of Wisdom with Harriet Tinka


If there’s one thing to say about this year, it’s that the challenges we all were forced to face were bubbling over in abundance.  If you’re feeling overdrawn, isolated, anxious, or just sad, consider joining NCJWC - Edmonton Section and JFS Edmonton for a (digital) evening sure to inspire and invigorate you, in equal measure.

A recognizable figure in Edmonton, Harriet Tinka is known for her grit as well as her glamour. In addition to being a CPA and co-author of Pearls of Wisdom, she’s also the founder of EmpoweredMe, whose mission is to, “inspire, educate, empower, value and support all individuals to have a sense of purpose and live to their full potential.”

On December 7th at 7:30 pm join JFS Edmonton therapist Anna Jongeleen for a Zoom-hosted evening of personal enrichment and growth with domestic abuse survivor and entrepreneur, Harriet Tinka.


Pearls of Wisdom with Harriet Tinka. PDF


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