Group Psychotherapy Opportunity

Facilitator: Elizabeth Eaton, BA Psych, MPS candidate

Proposed dates for the six-week session: September 17 to October 29, with one-week break on October 8 during Thanksgiving.

* Dates or times may shift slightly depending on participant availability

Investment: 90$ for the six-week session.

Each week, the group will engage in a discussion or exercise in support of self-awareness. As such, the group is primarily about participation, interaction, and interpersonal learning. This is not a group which focuses on a specific cluster of symptoms (i.e. depression), or uses the group as an opportunity to unload past trauma and history onto other group members (i.e. life-story disclosure). Elizabeth will facilitate the group to reflect the group process, and bring focus to the here-and-now patterns of interaction. When we cultivate the ability to be present with another’s experience, we inevitably cultivate the ability to become present with ourselves. By bringing these interactional patterns under a therapeutic lens, we may notice our ability to reflect and respond, and we soon become aware of our tendency to react from habitual patterns. This group is an opportunity to become aware of how you are received by others and how you receive others; furthermore, decide what that information means for your personal journey.

In the first session, participants will work together to discuss guidelines and group outcome goals. Participants are also invited to bring their individual goals to group therapy, and discuss their hopes and fears for those goals within the group setting.  It will be a closed group (no drop-in participants) to ensure continuity and a foundation of trust.

Call 780-454-1194 and ask for Elizabeth or email for further details. An initial session to evaluate for group suitability would be required for all participants


We are taking applications for small group INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ENGLISH classes which will start in October.  There will be  one two hour class held each week at the JFS office, and we will ask only $5 per session.  The focus will be on in-depth conversation, and polishing up grammar and writing skills.  Call Jeni at 780 454 1194 or email for details.

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
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!

Rhonda Eidelman Honoured

Our long-time Seniors Outreach Worker was fêted at a November 19 event sponsored by the Chabad organization, to celebrate her outstanding commitment to volunteering and community building.

Scholarship Awards

Two Sigma Alpha Mu Scholarships were awarded this year. Mazal Tov!

Lior Erlich began her bachelor studies at the U of Alberta this fall and hopes to study neuroscience and become a medical doctor.

Romi Levin has entered her 4th year in a Bachelor of Commerce program at the U of Alberta and has her eyes set on a VP marketing position at a company yet to be determined.