We invite members of the Edmonton Jewish community to participate in a single-session community support group.

In this session, trained facilitators will provide a safe space for community members to come together and speak about the impact of the crisis in Israel on their life here.

Sessions (pending facilitator availability) will be available in Hebrew, English, and Russian.

Interested participants wanting to know more about the dates, times, locations, and how to register can contact Sarah Karesa, Counselling Program Manager at Jewish Family Services, at 780-454-1194 or sarahk@jfse.org

Board Director- Volunteer Position

Jewish Family Services, Edmonton (JFSE) is recruiting new Board members.

It is an exciting time for the organization as we continue to work with community to ensure mental health and social support programs are available. We work in partnership with other social services agencies, as well as Jewish community organizations, in ensuring services are accessible for those in need.  JFSE has a vision for a world of economic and social justice, where individuals, families, and communities care for and support one another. Our organization is inclusive and committed to the values of Fairness, Caring and Respect.

If you have a skillset that would help us achieve our goals, and have experience in nonprofit organizational governance, business, social/ health services, or fund development, we would love to hear from you. Please check our website: jfse.org for more information. 

We embrace a diversity of perspectives, skills and knowledge, and value the contribution individuals bring to the board discussions.  The Board of Directors’ primary role includes effective governance for Jewish Family Services and includes fiscal responsibility, strategic directions, generative leadership, and advocacy. The Board’s role is providing a framework and vision for the organization and supporting the staff in the delivery of programs and services.  Our strength comes from the team – board members, staff, and volunteers.  Consider joining our team.  

To inquire about this position, which is a two-year term of office renewable for up to three terms, please contact Toby Rabinovitz, President, Jewish Family Services at info@jfse.org.


Members of the Edmonton Jewish community are invited to participate in a single session community support group, Yahad(יחד), to address the pain, loss, and trauma stemming from the crisis in Israel. In this session, trained facilitators will provide a safe space for community members to come together to heal, learn, and grow.
This will not be a discussion of current events or politics – rather, this will be a space for participants to explore the impact of current events on their thoughts, feelings,and behaviours. Participants will be given the language to start to talk about their experiences and the tools to cope in a safe supportive environment.

Dates and locations of the group to be announced at a later date.

Interested participants can contact Sarah Karesa, Counselling Program Manager at Jewish Family Services, at 780-454-1194 or sarahk@jfse.org

Annual General Meeting 2023


Wednesday November 29, 2023

7 pm - 8:30 pm

Jewish Family Services, Parkwest Bldg.#5  Suite 104, 15023 123 Ave NW, Edmonton AB T5V1J7

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES is excited to share our story of growth. Join us to celebrate resilience, share our Annual Report, accept our Audit Report and meet the staff & board members.

Members and general public are all welcome!

Doors are open at 6:30 pm for socialization, refreshments provided.

Please register: RSVP to info@jfse.org or call 780-454-1194

We are here for you!

In  these heightened times Jewish Family Services is providing  increased supports for the Jewish community.  

We are collaborating with the Jewish Federation to provide free counselling which is accessible either in person or remotely.

Our Counselling and Outreach teams are developing dedicated Jewish Community Support Groups that will be scheduled over the upcoming weeks. Details pending.

To access counselling or for more information please contact Jewish Family Services at 780-454-1194.

Watch for  Support Group details coming soon!

We are Here for You

Our hearts and condolences reach out to those directly or indirectly impacted by the events over the past weekend. Many of us, including staff, volunteers, donors, and clients have close ties to people in Israel and as a Jewish social service agency, we are committed to supporting the mental health and emotional security of our community members. The stories and images from Israel have deeply touched all of us. We are currently working with the Jewish Federation of Edmonton and other community partners to offer support to those impacted by the recent attacks in Israel.

Together we stand united, and we pray for peace and healing for all.

Toby Rabinovitz
Jewish Family Services

Peer Support Volunteers Wanted

As part of our commitment to support the Jewish community during this difficult time, we are looking for 3-4 volunteers to provide phone, and occasionally in-person, peer support to those impacted by the events in Israel. This position will be in our offices and can be adjusted to suit your availability. Individuals with experience in peer support, social work, or counselling are encouraged to reach out! Training will be provided.

Please send your resumes and cover letters to Sarah Karesa, Program Manager at sarahk@jfse.org


Edmonton Jewish Community


Drop off at Beth Israel Synagogue or Talmud Torah School


- Sign up to donate or volunteer  Click Here (by Thursday, October 12th)

- Cash donations Click Here and select “Bissell Centre Lunch” (by Thursday, October 19th)

   (tax receipts issued for donations)

- Questions: 780-488-2840  sylvia@familyshul.org

We are also collecting much needed NEW items for the cold winter months which can be dropped off by Friday, October 20th  including:

- Socks

- Leggings or long underwear (men and women)

- Blankets (single person)

- Warm gloves/mittens

The next Jewish Community Bissell Centre Lunch (after October 22nd) co-ordinated by Beth Shalom will be on December 24th 2023.

Jewish Family Services Casino needs volunteers

We're looking for volunteers for our Casino which will be held at the Starlight Casino at West Edmonton Mall from Wednesday August 23 to Thursday August 24. Please contact our Casino Chair: Linda Goody at lindagoody@gmail.com or 780-995-2115 if you're interested in joining our volunteer team.