Exhibition of art objects created by living Holocaust survivors

Jewish Family Services and Bredin Centre for Learning cordially invite you to an exhibition of art objects created by living Holocaust survivors.

This exhibit showcases creative talent and survivors’ resilience, and we are happy to share it with the community at large.

Entrance is free. Some of the items are for purchase.

Please, come and support our survivors!

Help us celebrate Chanukah

Chanukah is right around the corner and Jewish Family Services is looking for volunteers to cook, package and deliver dinners to our Seniors around the city.

December 9, 2018 from 9:00 am- 3:00PM at the Beth Shalom Synagogue.

Latkes and Dreidels are always a special part of the celebration and we don’t want anyone left out. Please call Rhonda at 780-454-1194 ext 227 or seniors@jfse.org to volunteer for this program.

JFS presents the Sigma Alpha Mu 2018 Scholarship grant

Each year JFS awards a Sigma Alpha Mu scholarship grant from a fund it administers that was set up to support Jewish Students studying at the University of Alberta. This year’s recipient was Michal Shaposhnikov who is a full time BSc Chemistry Student and is about to start her third year and has ambitions to advance her studies into Pharmacology and Chemistry fields in further degrees. She is heavily involved in the local Jewish community and has recently become the President of Hillel.

Michal writes “I am so grateful and honored the Jewish family services chose me as the recipient of the Sigma Alpha Mu scholarship. I am so excited to begin this new school year, and look forward to giving back to the Jewish community as much as possible through Hillel and other organizations. My Judaism is a huge part of my identity, and being an active member of the Edmonton Jewish Community is of high importance to me.”

She is pictured receiving her Scholarship grant with Judi Card President of the JFS Board and Robert Mitchell Executive Director of JFS.

Laurel Awards 2018

This year Jewish Family Services’ Holocaust Survivor Support program was nominated for a Laurel Award from Duncan Craig LLP. Since 1994 this award has honored non-profit organizations for their exceptional creativity and innovation. Although we did not win this award, it was a great honor to take a place among the 52 outstanding nominees.

The Holocaust Survivor Support Program will continue providing home support, practical assistance, case management, and education in its unique individualized and client tailored manner to help its clients to be their best selves and to celebrate and honor their lives in Edmonton’s diverse community.

They didn't know we were seeds.....

Jewish Family Services is participating in the art project called "They didn't know we were seeds" by  Carol Wylie, an artist from Saskatoon. This project involves doing oil portraits of Holocaust and Residential School Survivors. The series is called "They didn't know we were seeds", which completes a proverb that begins "They buried us." Carol plans to interview, sketch and paint 9 holocaust survivors and 9 residential school survivors, so the final project will have 18 paintings due to the significance of the number 18 as it relates  to "chai". A few of the Holocaust Survivors, clients of the JFS, have already met with the artist. She is going to finish the series by March 2019 and we plan to organize her exhibition in Edmonton in the fall of 2019. So, please watch our website and Facebook page for future announcements.

Images of the completed works can be viewed at www.carolwylie.ca on the "They didn't know we were seeds" page.


Announcing the New Executive Director

We are pleased and excited to introduce Robert J. Mitchell as our new Executive Director succeeding Larry Derkach who  retired 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.

Are you the adult child of a Holocaust Survivor?

If so, you are a Second Generation Survivor and your parent’s experiences may have impacted you. We are pleased to offer a two-session group for Second Generation Holocaust 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: July 10th and July 12th 6:30- 8:30 pm

Please call Megan at
780-454-1194 or
email mops@jfse.org
for more information
or to register.