JFS is looking for volunteers


Winter is in the air and Chanukah is right around the corner.

JFS is looking for volunteers to help the holiday arrive early and get our Seniors in the celebrating mood. We will be meeting on December 15/19 at 9:00 am at Beth Israel to cook and package Dinner for about 150 seniors in the community. Delivery will begin at 2:00pm. We are looking for cooks, preparation workers, packers and drivers.

Please contact Rhonda at JFS 780-454-1194 or seniors@jfse.org to sign up.

We look forward to seeing you there.






Communications and Engagement Specialist position

Deadline Nov 19, 2019

Jewish Family Services Edmonton (JFSE) is seeking a dynamic and energetic, Communications and Engagement Specialist to join our team.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications and Engagement Specialist, contributes to the strategic communications, marketing and engagement plans for Jewish Family Services and plays an integral role in helping elevate the visibility, engaging funders and donors and strengthening the profile of JFSE. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for Media and Public Relations activities, writing media releases, developing briefings and developing speaking notes. The ideal candidate for this position will be inspiring, creative, and have a demonstrated record of accomplishment of achieving results.


Jewish Family Services has served the Edmonton area for over 64 years. With Board vision, renewed executive leadership and a diverse staff JFSE has continued to grow and respond to the evolving needs of our community.  Our programs include Integrity Counselling, Community Links, Homecare and seniors’ supports, and the Edmonton Healing Centre for Bereavement and 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 & support to individuals & families in need, grounded in Jewish values. We work in collaboration with community and serve the diverse needs of the greater Edmonton region.


  • Oversee Internal and external communications
  • Develop and implement communications and marketing objectives, strategies and timelines
  • Manage dynamic social media channels, campaigns, and day to day activities
  • Manage website, working closely with staff to ensure regular updates
  • Write engaging marketing content for donors, clients and communities as well as audiences for print materials such as newsletters, brochures, and advertisements
  • Identify new opportunities to increase the visibility of JFSE and coordinate the annual appeal
  • Write, edit, and proofread content as needed
  • Identify grant opportunities and contribute, with staff teams, to grant applications and reporting.


  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, marketing, business or related field
  • Experience with developing and implementing strategies
  • Two or more years of fund development experience
  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills
  • Ability to analyze trends and data and make evidence-based decisions
  • Ability to drive the mission and priorities of the JFSE
  • Ability to align donor interests and approved funding priorities/cases for support
  • Brings humility, energy, diplomacy to relationship development

TO APPLY: Please submit an application by email (cover letter and resume) to tikunolam@jfse.org the Closing date: Nov 19, 2019.

We thank all candidates for their interest. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary Range:  $50,000 - $65,000 - Starting salary dependent upon education and experience

JFS family would like to give our warmest welcome to our new Executive Director Ms. Jann Beeston.





JFS family would like to give our warmest welcome to our new Executive Director Ms. Jann Beeston.

Ms. Beeston completed her master’s thesis on collaboration for community benefit and completed post-graduate studies in social innovation. She brings extensive experience in non- profit leadership and management with a particular focus in partnerships, community engagement, and collaboration around a common purpose. She has worked with different non-profit organizations including Volunteer Alberta, Alberta Reads Network and was on the Steering Committee for the Alberta Non Profit Network.

We are looking forward to working with Ms. Beeston.

Thank you volunteers!

Special thanks to all the volunteers that came out to help make our 3rd annual intergenerational picnic a success. The seniors were truly honored and acknowledged for their past efforts and suffering by a large crowd as we remembered their history. The weather co-operated, the food was good, the music was great and a good time was had by all. We look forward to next year for a bigger and better event.

Stewardship Roundtable

JFSE has recently joined the Stewardship Roundtable, a project organized by Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS) aiming to create an effective network of change makers and to help seniors access the resources they need . We are all motivated by a strong desire to find better, sustainable ways of working together to support our seniors as they grow older in their communities.

Jewish Family Services offer programs for seniors that we encourage you to look at, whether for yourself or someone you know and love.
Aging affects each person differently, creating new challenges with mobility, housing, changing family and community relationships, and health. Our compassionate and capable staff can assist with many aspects of this change, ranging from housing issues to monetary and security issues. For more information on the SMART program please email Rhonda (seniors@jfse.org) or visit our site. S.M.A.R.T.

We also offer home support services in areas such as transportation, housekeeping, personal care, and companionship to seniors or those living with a disability. Please call 780-454-1194 and ask for Alberto, or visit our site for more information on these services. https://www.jfse.org/programs-services/advocacy-service/

Teepa Snow’s Dementia Care Workshop

Two of our staff, Alberto Genis and Tatiana Kastner attended Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach® in Dementia Care Workshop Series on July 29-30. Today’s Voice for Dementia, Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia. Teepa’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with 40 years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. https://teepasnow.com/

This workshop addressed dementia-related issues from the point of view of the individuals with dementia, family members, and caregiving staff.
It was designed to provide learners strategies and methods of providing help to people with dementia in a variety of ways that work best with the person, as well as developing and maintaining healthy attitudes and behaviors in caregiving relationships. Please see below a video illustrating Teepa’s work with people living with Dementia. We will post a couple more short videos of her in the comments.

If you or a family member/friend are suffering from cognitive issues, and you need consultation or support please contact Rhonda at (seniors@jfse.org) or call 780 -4541194. Jewish Family Services offers home support services, and our staff are trained in working with those living with various cognitive issues, helping with things such as housekeeping, personal care, transportation, and companionship. We also offer the S.M.A.R.T. program for seniors making age related transitions.

Dutch Railway Compensation for Holocaust Survivors

The Claims Conference wishes to inform Holocaust survivors and the families or heirs of Holocaust victims, who were transported to concentration and extermination camps during World War II by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the Dutch state railway company, that they may be eligible to receive a lump sum payment from a fund established by NS.

See full information on the Claims Conference website

For complete eligibility guidelines, please visit the Foundation for Individual Allowance for Victims of WWII Transport and NS at  https://commissietegemoetkomingns.nl.

June-July Newsletter

It's here, our newsletter for June and July. See what we've been up to, and what's new!

June-July Newsletter

Honouring Marvin

'I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends and clients for the kind wishes and support given to our family as we mourned the loss of my husband Marvin Z’L’.

All the donations given to Jewish Family Services will be put to good use helping Seniors in the community that are in need of companionship, home support and meals. My husband Marvin has been sick for many years and his pain and suffering has finally ended. We will never forget all the good times and holidays our family shared together with him. He always enjoyed a holiday meal and so in his honor I have made a large donation to the JFS holiday meal program to honor his memory and ensure that this program continues bringing kosher meals to the sick and isolated members of the Jewish community. Thank you again for your support and we look forward to carrying on his efforts and spirit in the Jewish community in the years to come.'

-Rhonda Eidelman and family

Looking at last year's Annual Intergenerational Picnic

We made some great memories and took some great photos at last year's Annual Intergenerational Picnic! We look forward to having everyone again this year, August 25, 2019. If you would like to register, contact Rhonda at 780-454-1194 or e-mail seniors@jfse.org