Welcome to Jewish Family Services

We envision a world of economic and social justice; a world where individuals, families and communities care for and support themselves and one another. To this end, we provide strength and support to individuals and families in need, in a manner sensitive to Jewish values.

Most of our programs are open to the entire community

Please rest assured that the vast majority of our programs are open to the entire community, we do not discriminate on any grounds whatsoever. Religion does not play a part in our services and programs, although we are proud of our Jewish heritage and values.

Quote of the Day

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.

- Author Unknown

Client Testimonials

“I liked the possibility of being in touch with other people…Jewish spirit of the event”


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.

Announcing the New Executive Director

We are pleased and excited to introduce Robert J. Mitchell as our new Executive Director succeeding Larry Derkach who is retiring May 31, 2018.

Robert has spent his entire career in the not-for-profit sector and has over 15 years of senior executive management and leadership experience. He started his career at the Boys & Girls clubs in the UK, eventually becoming CEO of Middlesex Young People Clubs. He moved to Canada in 2003 and after completing a number of local contracts became the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Centre in Calgary. A business purchase moved Robert and his wife Jill to Central Alberta and after Parkland Beach General Store was established, Robert had his first Edmonton experience by working for Volunteer Alberta as a Knowledge Connector consultant. His last position was as the CEO of United Way Central Alberta which he productively managed for over 6 years.

Robert is looking forward to continuing and expanding the great work of JFSE.

An event to celebrate the work and contribution Larry has made to JFSE will be held in July, details to follow.

Are you the adult child of a Holocaust Survivor?

If so, you are a Second Generation Survivor and your parent’s experiences may have impacted you. We are pleased to offer a two-session group for Second Generation Holocaust Survivors. Topics geared to your concerns will be explored and discussed with a skilled facilitator. This program is funded by the Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation.

Where: Jewish Family Services

When: July 10th and July 12th 6:30- 8:30 pm

Please call Megan at
780-454-1194 or
email mops@jfse.org
for more information
or to register.

Arttec & Grimco Gift

Our friends at Arttec Advertising Inc. directed a $500 gift to JFS from their supplier Grimco Gives Back 2017 Sweepstakes. Thank you!


Group Psychotherapy Opportunity

Facilitator: Elizabeth Eaton, BA Psych, MPS candidate…

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