Outreach Services

Our Outreach Services started as a grassroots support to the Jewish community and grew to offer support to people of all backgrounds, at no fee. We specialized in tailored services to newcomers and seniors 

Jewish Family Services does not directly provide financial assistance. Please click here to see the list of financial resources available in Edmonton for emergency or ongoing financial support.

Community Support Program 

Our Community Support Program supports newcomers in Edmonton, and also helps established individuals facing complex situations. We can help you navigate available social services and address current challenges like employment and language barriersOur services include:  

  • Canadian Newcomer SupportOffers settlement information, community referrals, money and stress management, and support in job hunting in Canada.   
  • Friendly English Classes: Our English conversation classes are for people with intermediate/advanced levels of English. We focus on building relationships and having fun while practicing Canadian English, conversation, and culture. Our classes are free and take place in Zoom during weekdays. 


FREE English classes

Would you, or someone you know, like to:

– Build your conversation skills and confidence
– Pronounce English words correctly
– Read more fluently
– Use correct English grammar
– Expand your understanding of the English language
– Discuss current topics with a group of interested, interesting people
– Learn about Canadian culture

Please contact Jeni at 780-454-1194 ext. 223, community@jfse.org.

We can invite you into our FREE English classes within a week!

2SLGBTQ+ Support Group

Our queer support group is open to all individuals, Jewish or non-Jewish, who are 18+ and identify as 2SLGBTQ+ within Edmonton and the surrounding area. Please join us for conversation, guest speakers, activities, and more!

The group is held on Zoom on a drop-in basis, there is no commitment required to register. Please note that this support group is NOT a therapy group or process. 

To register, please fill out this Google form.

The Zoom link will be sent after completing this form and returning the signed consent form.

Seniors Support Program

Our Seniors Support Program provides case management, referrals, and resources to seniors and older adults from all backgrounds. This may include support with navigating government and health services to seniors, home support options, help with food security, social isolation, and affordable housing and placement. We also provide tailored services to Jewish seniors. Finally, we offer a friendly call to see how you are doing.

During the Covid-19 outbreak, we offer community support services by video calls, phone, and emails, as well as in-person following the latest Alberta Health Services orders.

Contact us 

For further information about Community and Newcomer Support,  Senior Support Services, please call Meital at 780-454-1194 ext 236, email meital@jfse.org. We will get back to you within two business days. 

Sigma Alpha Mu Scholarships ​

Sigma Alpha Mu (SAM) was a fraternity that provided fellowship and housing to Jewish students at the University of Alberta Campus from the 1940s till the 1970’s. After the property was soldSAM trustees used the investment earnings to support Jewish students through scholarships. SAM offers $1,000 to Jewish students attending a full-time (min. 3 full courses or equivalent) degree program at the University of Alberta. The number of scholarships awarded varies depending on the amount available for distribution (i.e., investment earnings) and the number of awards granted.  

Click here for more info about Sigma Alpha Mu Scholarships.

What Our Clients Say


“Thank you again for coaching me one on one “to survive” an interview. I kind of was more confident and I got the position in Spruce Grove with the Parkland School Board.”

– client

“I also built a social network when I took part in different gatherings and workshops. This helped me understand (by allowing me to meet other people in transition) and cope better with the barriers I was identifying in my life. These groups were a significant source of social contact for me.”


“It always make a difference for people like us to know that someone out there is always ready to help when needed”


“I don’t know if I would have “given up” without the program, but my life would have been less rich and more difficult, that’s for sure”.


“I would like to express my comment about this class. It is friendly and feel like learning with friends who come from different background. I like to go there to talk and sharing information with other.”

– client

“from brainstorming about my difficulties to help with the necessary, JFS offered me what I needed when I needed it.”

– client

“They recognized my strengths and expected me to do my own work while they supported, advocated for and informed me. This left me feeling good about myself, our interactions and the organization”