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.

June 27th Canadian Multiculturalism Day

As an agency that works extensively with newcomers, immigrants and citizens from a variety of cultures, we are taking this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate diversity. Sunday 27th is Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

Thank-you for being a friend…

RE: Casino Volunteers for June 20 and 21, 2021 at the Starlight Casino Edmonton

Thank you for your support and volunteer time, ensuring that Jewish Family Services could complete another fund raising event through the Alberta Gaming Charitable Model with AGLC. We rely on these funds to provide services and support to our Community in the Edmonton region. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with barriers and challenges facing all members of the community, has been very stressful and has lead to more people reaching out for assistance. This includes navigating social support systems, financial support and social, mental and emotional supports.

All of us at JFSE appreciate the contributions from the community. Your support of time, donations, spreading the word about us, and the client referrals that come from concerned friends and family, help us fulfill on our mission of helping people suffering adversity and in need of assistance.

While we are not yet opening our doors to walk in traffic, we are planning for re-opening, and continue to serve anyone in need via appointment and phone or online services. We are fully open for business, as we have all through the pandemic, albeit with adaptations to ensure personal safety and reduce risk of covid exposure. We are accepting referrals and appointments, our intake and service load is increasing with increased community need, and we are proud to be serving our community from a Jewish values based position.

Thanks again for your dedication and support to the JFS family.

Linda Goody
Casino Chair

Senior Support

While provincial government Covid restrictions and lock downs are easing COVID exposure continues to affect us on a daily basis. To protect ourselves, our families and our entire community getting registered for vaccinations and getting vaccinated remains a priority for many people. However, receiving this service can be quite difficult and time consuming and JFS is here to help. By calling our office and sharing some basic information with our staff they can set up an appointment for you at a suitable location.
We are here to help you deal with any issues and concerns that can be stressful in managing the health care system, seniors benefits program, and CPP concerns.
For assistance please contact Rhonda at JFS 780-454-1194 ext. 227 or

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that came out to the Edmonton Jewish Cemetery to help plant a lovely summer garden. With your efforts we were able to make it a little brighter place, to visit our loved ones and long lost friends. The volunteers of Chevra Kadisha work long and hard to maintain our cemetery and this support will certainly lighten their load. Special thanks and appreciation from Mary Wittig, Rhoda Friedman and Rhonda Eidelman.

Passover Reflections

This Passover has left many new memories to be planted in our minds:
“Seders will never be the same, whether looking for the afikoman, or who will get stuck at the kids table to read the 4 questions are gone?
The number of people to share these nights and not being able to ask why is this night different from all other nights?
There is no difference when you are home alone.”

Here at JFS and on behalf of the Claims Conference Program we were able to brighten up the Passover of many members of the community. Gift bags and meals were delivered to help seniors experience a traditional holiday. With the help of many groups including NCJW, Na'amat, Beth Israel, Pushka Fund, Claims Conference, along with personal donations, we enriched the holiday for many.
JFSE is grateful for your support and contributions that help us serve community and we look forward to a future of continued support so that together we can make a difference for those in need.

Rhonda Eidelman BScN BA
Seniors Outreach Worker