10235 124 St, Edmonton
Jewish Family Services (JFS) is more than a Jewish welfare organization, although it started out that way in 1942. Today JFS is a community-based counseling and support service available to anyone in Edmonton and surrounding area regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, age or financial status. Today only about half of their clients come from Edmonton’s Jewish community. The remainder come from the Edmonton community at large.
Officially incorporated in 1955, the mission of Jewish Family Services (JFS) is to promote the well-being of individuals and families in a confidential, caring environment.Before 1942, the welfare needs of the Edmonton Jewish community were met by volunteers from various organizations, including the local B’nai Brith Lodge, the Shalom Aleichem Free Loan Society, the Aznoches Orchim, the Federated Budget and the Council of Jewish Women.
Presently located on 124 Street, the current JFS activities include general counseling and services to immigrants and seniors including the SMART program (Seniors Making Age-Related Transitions). Services also include support to people in poverty, and bereavement counseling and support through the Edmonton Bereavement Centre.