Thank you donors and volunteers!

Jewish Family Services, with the much appreciated assistance of our generous volunteers and community donors, distributed Chanukah gift bags to 273 people in the community in time to celebrate the holiday.  The candles were burning bright and latkes were enjoyed by many seniors and families throughout Edmonton.

JFSE appreciates the thank you calls and continued donations that help keep this idea of sharing holidays going, to ensure that none of our Jewish community members are ever forgotten.

To add names to our delivery list, yours or another community member, please call Rhonda at 780-454-1194 ext. 227 or Looking forward to our next program for Purim.


Jewish Federation of Edmonton and Jewish Family Services Edmonton are inviting you to join us for a FREE online presentation followed by Q&A session.


  • Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Paediatrics
  • Dr. Ilan Schwartz, Infectious Diseases

Dr. Zwaigenbaum is a developmental pediatrician and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. He works at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and the Stollery Children's Hospital.

Dr. Ilan Schwartz is an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the University of Alberta Hospital. He trained in Winnipeg, Kingston, Cape Town, and San Antonio, before moving with his young family to Edmonton in 2018. Throughout the pandemic, he has provided care for patients with COVID-19. He has fought against misinformation and advocated for science-based policy as a co-founder of Protect Our Province Alberta.

When: November 22, 2021 at 7 pm

Registration: click here to register

Please submit your questions at the time of registration.

Pre-registration is required. You will receive a link to the Zoom session after registration is completed.

JFSE is looking to brighten up your Hanukkah Celebrations this year.

It’s Hanukkah time and JFS is looking to brighten up your Hanukkah Celebrations this year.  Sunday November 28th is the first night of the Holiday and we want to help you get into the swing of things.

Jewish Family Services is offering gift bags to the community and we are accepting the names of your family and friends as well as yourselves to receive this holiday treat up to November 8, 2021. 

We are also looking for volunteers to help package and deliver these gift bags as well.

So please contact Rhonda at or 780-454-1194 ext. 227 to get involved.

Covid 19 has taken its toll on our community so lets fight back in a safe and practical distanced way.

NEW* Series: Knowing Your Mental Traps And How to Shift Out of Them.

We are offering a Brand New Series in collaboration with JDIC Edmonton:
Knowing Your Mental Traps And How to Shift Out of Them.

Who doesn’t want to know how to do that?

Especially in these challenging times, we are overloaded on all fronts and can get trapped in our minds and ways of coping. You are invited to understand your mental traps and learn how to shift out of them. It is possible to move out of coping an surviving, and start thriving in challenging times!

Come join Anna and Svetlana in a 6-week series on
Fridays 10a.m. – 12p.m. starting THIS FRIDAY MORNING! October 8.
(if you are unable to join this, or any other week’s session, no problem, join us when you can)

We are able to offer these series for a very low cost, ONLY 18$ for the all 6 sessions!

Weekly topic titles are:

October 8: Mental Traps: How to prevent Informational Overload?
October 15: Mental Traps: How to Filter Online Information & not to become a “Drama Queen”? October 22: Mental Traps: Our Losses & Gains in the New Virtual Environment.
October 29: Mental Traps: Sorry About My Past
November 5: Mental Traps: Worry About My Future
November 12: Mental Traps: Not Grateful for My Present

This series is offered online, on Zoom. You will receive the link upon registration. Please contact us if you have any questions!

To Register please use this link: REGISTRATION MENTAL TRAPS SERIES

September 30th: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In June of this year, the federal government passed legislation to mark September 30, 2021 as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The designation of this day is in response to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and is meant to honour survivors, their families, and communities. It also ensures the ongoing commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools will remain a vital part of the reconciliation process.

We encourage all to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, whether through personal reflection or awareness activities.

Thank you donors and volunteers!

Chag Sameach to all the clients and friends of JFSE. As we enter 5782 a special thanks to all the donors and volunteers that came out to support our gift bag program on September 12, 2021. We were able to package and deliver holiday favorites to 158 seniors and families around the city.

Our next proposed event will be at Hanukkah, we are always happy to add new names to our list of recipients and to accept donations in support of this program. Please contact Rhonda at or phone 780-454-1194 ext. 227.

Thanks Linda, Gina, Denise. Deb, Adele, Danielle, Phyllis, Miriam, Esther, Anita,  Elena, Dmitri, Lauren, and Chris. We couldn’t do it without your help.

Edmonton Beit Midrash:
A Shared Local Learning Space to Contend with Anti-Semitism and Racism

At a time of extreme social polarization, the Edmonton Beit Midrash seeks to strengthen Edmonton’s Jewish community by creating a Jewish space of active, shared introspection to contend with antisemitism and racism. 

We invite you — members of Edmonton’s Jewish community — to join us. To learn more, click here.

Join us on September 22, 2021 7:30-9:00 pm for an information session by registering here.

To register for a series of three workshops on Wednesdays Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, please click here.

Jewish Family Services is looking for volunteers

Jewish Family Services is looking for volunteers on Sunday September 12th  and Monday September 13th, 2021, to help our Jewish seniors and families bring in a sweet New Year 5782. With Covid 19 issues behind us we can all look forward to a better New Year.

We are looking for volunteers to pack and deliver gift bags around the city to individuals at home or in residences. We will begin at 9:00 am on Sunday September 12th  and again on Monday the 13th.

All PPE equipment will be  supplied.

Call Rhonda at 780-454-1194 ext. 227 to confirm or email

Sigma Alpha Mu 2021 Scholarship Grant Award

Each year JFS awards a Sigma Alpha Mu scholarship from an endowment fund it administers that was set up to support Jewish Students study at the University of Alberta. This year’s recipient is Carmel Erlich, who recently graduated High school with honors and is a first year University of Alberta student entering the Animal Health program with a goal to pursue Veterinary medicine. She is active in the community as a volunteer for the Anne Frank Exhibition, Community Helpers, Sunday school, Hillel and a member of the executive team for the school culture festival. We wish Carmel success in her studies and career goals.