Thank you to all of our Purim volunteers!

A heartfelt thank you to all of our Purim volunteers who came out this past weekend to cook, package and deliver meals to 140 seniors around the city. We are truly appreciative of the Beth Israel Synagogue for letting us use their kitchen as our workers prepared the soup, baked the hamataschen, and packed up the chicken to deliver. We continue to receive thank you calls and notes of appreciation from recipients. Showing our seniors that we care and keeping them connected to the Jewish community is what we are all about. Please consider helping support Jewish Family Services so that we can continue offering this program to our clients.

Remember any referrals are gratefully accepted and this is a free service to clients.

Rhonda Eidelman 780-454-1194  or


Jewish Family Services has been able to offer assistance to Holocaust survivors through the financial support of Claims Conference (The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany) since 2015. Our services include housekeeping, shopping, transportation, cooking, companionship and so much more. In the past, some survivors have applied for these services and were rejected based on their war history, country of birth, financial status or lack of application to the Hardship fund. Many of these rules have changed in the past few years and we are inviting you to re-apply for the program to see if you are now a qualified candidate. You can contact Tatiana Kastner or Rhonda Eidelman at 780-454-1194 to discuss the status of yourself or a suitable relative or friend.

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

Talented dancer looking for a sponsor

Exceptionally talented dancer looking for a  sponsor to help her continue her dance career.

Call Jeni or Victoria for more information 780-454-1194.

Thank you Volunteers!

As we move forward into 2019 Jewish Family Services wants to take this opportunity and thank our fabulous volunteers that have come out to support us meeting the needs of  our Seniors. Thanks for your financial support, cooking, packing and delivering our holiday meals. We look forward to your continued support in the New Year and bring a friend along to help. Thanks again!

Are You a Child Survivor of the Kindertransport?

The Conference on Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is pleased to announce that, resulting from negotiations with the German government, an agreement was reached on the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport to provide compensation payments for child survivors of the Kindertransport.

The fund will open on January 1, 2019, and payments to those determined to be eligible will begin in winter 2019.  Those eligible will be entitled to a one-time payment of €2,500.
This fund is open to Jewish Nazi victims who met the following criteria at the time of transport:

  • they were under 21 years of age, unaccompanied by their parents and took part in a transport that was not organized by the German government in order to escape potentially threatening persecution by German forces;
  • they were transported from somewhere within the German Reich or from territories that had been annexed or occupied at the time;
  • the transport took place between November 9, 1938, and September 1, 1939, or was approved by the German authorities after November 9, 1938, but before September 1, 1939.

The application form for the fund will be available to be downloaded by January 1, 2019, here:

Please find a FAQs.

Cafe Europa 2018

December 6th, 2018 marked our annual Café Europa event for the Holocaust survivors that JFS works with, as part of our Holocaust Survivors program. The event was funded entirely by the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as Claims Conference.

A Dinner and Dance was held with a special kosher dinner and dance music provided by a Jazz band in one of the ballrooms at Fantasy Land Hotel. Everyone came in their finest outfits, laughter abounded, vodka and wine flowed, cameras flashed, and the dancing was lively. Please join me in congratulating the Holocaust Home Support team for all their hard work that resulted in a well-orchestrated and “classy” event for our Holocaust survivors. Hats off to; Rhonda Eidelman, Tatiana Kastner, Alberto Genis, and Alena Sasnouskaya for their energies in arranging an event to celebrate our survivor seniors.

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the following in making this a great event; David Ghermezian CEO West Edmonton Mall, The owners and directors of the Fantasy Land Hotel, Graham Usher from Unwined-Fine wine spirts & ales, Growers Direct, BarLavy Photographer, Rabi Ari and Rabbi Mendy, Chabad of Edmonton and The River City Jukebox

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 click here to read more about the exhibition and see some of the art

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 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.