JFS Annual General Meeting - March 28th at Jewish Federation Offices

JFS EdmontonThe 64th Annual General Meeting of the Jewish Family Services of Edmonton will take place on March 28th 2019 at the offices of the Jewish Federation, #100-10220 156 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5P 2R1 from 6.30 pm. All donors and members welcome


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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: www.claimscon.org/apply.

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


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 seniors@jfse.org to volunteer for this program.


Edmonton Healing Centre - GROUP CALENDAR

The dates, times and venues for our Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief & Loss Group sessions:

Course Name Day Date Time Venue
Roads to Healing Thursday January 17, 2019 1:00-2:50 Whitemud Crossing EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief Thursday January 24 - February  28 1:00-2:50 Whitemud Crossing EPL
Roads to Healing Tuesday January 15, 2019 6:30-8:30 EHC
Navigating the Rivers of Grief Tuesdays January 22 - March 5 6:30-8:30 EHC
Finding Meaning, Finding Me Wednesdays January 10 - February 13 6:30-8:30 EHC
Roads to Healing Tuesday March 19, 2019 1:00-3:00 Jasper Place EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief Tuesdays March 26 - May 07 1:00-3:00 Jasper Place EPL
Roads to Healing Tuesdays March 19, 2019 6:30-8:30 EHC
Navigating the Rivers of Grief Tuesdays March 26 - May 07 6:30-8:30 EHC
Our House Tuesdays TBD 1:00-3:00 closed group
Our House Thursdays TBD 1:00-3:00 closed group
Finding Meaning, Finding Me Wednesdays March 13-April 24 6:30-8:30 EHC
Roads to Healing Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00-2:50 Whitemud Crossing EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief Thursdays May 23 - July 4 *6wks 1:00-2:50 Whitemud Crossing EPL
Roads to Healing Tuesday May 14, 2019 6:30-8:30 EHC
Navigating the Rivers of Grief Tuesdays May 21-July 2 *6wks 6:30-8:30 EHC
Finding Meaning, Finding Me Wednesdays May 8 - June 12 6:30-8:30 EHC

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.


Laurel Awards 2018

This year Jewish Family Services’ Holocaust Survivor Support program was nominated for a Laurel Award from Duncan Craig LLP. Since 1994 this award has honored non-profit organizations for their exceptional creativity and innovation. Although we did not win this award, it was a great honor to take a place among the 52 outstanding nominees.

The Holocaust Survivor Support Program will continue providing home support, practical assistance, case management, and education in its unique individualized and client tailored manner to help its clients to be their best selves and to celebrate and honor their lives in Edmonton’s diverse community.


They didn't know we were seeds.....

Jewish Family Services is participating in the art project called "They didn't know we were seeds" by  Carol Wylie, an artist from Saskatoon. This project involves doing oil portraits of Holocaust and Residential School Survivors. The series is called "They didn't know we were seeds", which completes a proverb that begins "They buried us." Carol plans to interview, sketch and paint 9 holocaust survivors and 9 residential school survivors, so the final project will have 18 paintings due to the significance of the number 18 as it relates  to "chai". A few of the Holocaust Survivors, clients of the JFS, have already met with the artist. She is going to finish the series by March 2019 and we plan to organize her exhibition in Edmonton in the fall of 2019. So, please watch our website and Facebook page for future announcements.

Images of the completed works can be viewed at www.carolwylie.ca on the "They didn't know we were seeds" page.