Our History

The Jewish Family Service of Edmonton (JFSE) is a not for profit organization that has been serving the Edmonton community since the 1950s. JFSwas established by our local Jewish community and spearheaded by Ms. Clara Mintz (may her memory be a blessing), a social worker and social activist.  

Our Vision

We envision a world of economic and social justice, where individuals, families and communities care for and support themselves and one another. We have a responsibility and calling to work towards this vision in greater Edmonton.  

Our Mission

The JFSE vision is achieved through a commitment to our core values and by serving the greater Edmonton community, while ensuring the social wellness needs of the Edmonton Jewish Community are met. 

Our Core Values

Our core values are grounded in Jewish values, which guide our organizational principles. They represent what we believe in, what we stand for, and how we approach everything we do. These values are: 

  • Healing the world –Tikun Olam תיקון עולם 
    • Social well-being • Acts of kindness performed to improve the world • Create meaning out of confusion
  • Fairness- Tzedek צדק  
    • Social Justice • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly  
  • Caring- Chesed חסד
    • Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Support reconciliation • Help people in need