Welcome to the JFED e-weekly
October 16th, 2020 28th of Tishrei
Candle lighting times:
Friday, October 16th - 6:16pm Shabbat begins
Saturday, October 17th - 7:24 pm Shabbat ends


Sweet Treats and Warm Wishes from Jewish Family Services
When you think of isolation, COVID-19 probably comes to mind. Sadly, for our senior population, isolation has always been a part of everyday life. Back in March, when our city swiftly shuttered its doors against the pandemic, restrictions on visiting loved ones in care homes, or those living independently, became insurmountable. Many of our seniors were alone for far longer extended periods than ever before.

Immediately concerned by the impact on our vulnerable seniors, Jewish Family Services Edmonton (JFSE) swung into action. A task force, led by Tatiana Kastner and Rhonda Eidelman, ensured that JFSE was able to support all of its Jewish clients in need, even those not funded by the Claims Conference. The JFSE team phoned clients to check in on their welfare and organized volunteers to drop off food hampers in celebration of Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Victoria in Europe Day (celebrating the Nazi surrender). Dozens of hampers containing nutritious foods, Jewish treats, flowers and games were distributed to isolated seniors, bringing much joy, comfort and gratitude. As one of their clients said,
“It is so good to know that someone cares about us! Especially now, when we stay at home most of the time due to the pandemic. I appreciate all the gifts, even the smallest ones! I thank you for bringing me the food from the store I love! I am so grateful for all the phone calls I receive from you! It means a lot!”-JFSE Client

Your support of JFSE, through your gift to UJA, brings sweetness and warmth to our seniors at a most difficult time.

Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you for your generosity!
The 2020 UJA campaign. View Brochure
On September 15th, the UAE and Israel signed a landmark agreement normalizing relations between the two countries. This watershed moment not only promotes peace and prosperity in the Middle East but offers vast geopolitical, cultural and economic opportunities for the entire world,including Canada. Please join UAE Ambassador to the US, His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, a key architect behind the agreement and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020,for a discussion about the vision,strategic importance,and global opportunity of this historic accord.
Dr. Nachman Shai will discuss the peace agreements between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel and what they mean for the region. Read Bio
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the
Jewish Federation of Edmonton,
The Jewish Community Centre of Edmonton, and
The Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation

Will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Commencing at 7:00 pm, at

Beth Shalom Synagogue
Upper Auditorium
11916 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, Alberta

Required AHS measures will be observed. Pre-registration of attendance with
a signed COVID waiver is required. If the Government of Alberta permits us to proceed electronically at any time prior to December 9, 2020,
we will move to an online meeting.

For the purpose of:

1.     Reviewing the financial results for the fiscal year just ended.
2.     Receiving an update on past activity.
3.     Elections of slates of Directors for the organizations. 
4.     Amending the Bylaws/Articles of the various organizations.

In accordance with the Bylaws of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, the Nominating Committee is giving notice that at the upcoming Annual General Meeting, there will be up to 10 vacancies to the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, of which 6 are for a 3-year term, 2 are for a 2-year term, and 2 are for a 1-year term.

Any Member of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton (any individual 18 years of age or older who made a contribution between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 in the sum of at least $18.00, or any one individual 18 years of age or older who made a joint contribution with another person between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 in the sum of at least $36.00) who would like to submit their name for consideration by the Nominating Committee to stand for election to the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton may do so in writing to ceo@edjfed.org on or before October 24, 2020. Additional nominations must be made by three nominating Members and include the signature of the proposed nominee, who must also be a Member. Additional nominations may be made in writing and delivered to the Chief Executive Officer (in person) up to and including November 25, 2020, and must be made by three nominating Members and include the signature of the proposed nominee, who must also be a member.  Please note that the bylaws do not allow for nominations from the floor. All nominations are as set out above.

Any Member who would like to add any additional business to be conducted at the Annual General Meeting may do so in writing to the Chief Executive Officer up to and including November 25, 2020. Any request must be endorsed by signature of 20 Members.

Please pre-register for this meeting by emailing: ceo@edjfed.org
Jewish Federation of Edmonton, Jewish Community Centre of Edmonton and Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation
Announce Stacey Leavitt-Wright as new CEO
We are excited to announce that after an exhaustive search, the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, Jewish Community Centre of Edmonton and Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation have hired Stacey Leavitt-Wright as our new Chief Executive Officer. Stacey will be joining the organizations in the autumn, after Simchat Torah, in order to further familiarize herself with day to day operations, before fully taking over from Debby Shoctor, who is retiring, on January 2, 2021.
We would like to thank Debby for her dedication to our community over the past 6 ½ years as our CEO and for her decades of professional and volunteer work. We wish Debby the best in her retirement.
Stacey grew up in Montreal, Quebec and has been active in the Jewish community wherever she has lived. In 1994, she earned her Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, and in 1998 she earned a Master of Arts from Concordia University. Stacey and her husband Erin began their family in London, Ontario where she was an active lay leader. In 2007 they moved to Edmonton with their three daughters Jordyn, Abby and Zoe. Since that time, Stacey has been heavily involved as a volunteer throughout our community and has devoted her time to many different community organizations, including the Talmud Torah Society, Congregation Beth Shalom, the Aviv Israeli Folk Dance Association and the Jewish Federation of Edmonton. In addition to her volunteer work, Stacey has been a college instructor, she has acted as a consultant for leadership development and for the last 10 years has served as the Managing Editor of a medical journal.
Stacey brings with her an infectious enthusiasm to strengthen and grow our community. We look forward to introducing her formally to the community in the coming months.
Jewish Federations of North America
Election Security Preparedness, PPP Loan Update and more. Read more

2020 Virtual GA: Come Together. Read more
The Jewish Agency For Israel
Must See: Jewish Agency Performance Report. Read more

Young Emissaries Making an Impact. Read more
Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA
New Models of Thoughts in Regional Work with Ronen Sabag. Oct 20, 2020 01:00 PM ET. Ronen is an ecosystem entrepreneur builder and social policy professional with over 10 years of experience in regional and local socio - economic development. Read more
Taglit - Birthright Israel
Excel Summer 2021 Internship Application is LIVE
Holocaust Education Committee
2020 Annual Toby & Saul Reichert Holocaust Lecture | Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies. Read more

SAVE THE DATE: Kristallnacht: An uplifting and inspiring talk on‘The Life and Surprising Legacy of Anne Frank’ by Gillian Walnes Perry MBE. Sunday, November 8th 2020, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM MST.
Co-sponsored by the Dutch Canadian Club. Live stream via Zoom.

Support the Anne Frank Memorial Statue in Edmonton by making a donation.
POSTPONED: The Dutch Canadian Community is erecting a statue of Anne Frank in Light Horse Park in honor of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. The date for this ceremony has been postponed please watch here for an annoucement.
Hillel supports Jewish students on campus.

Click here for our latest International Newsletter.

Click here for more information on Hillel.

Click here for Hillel International and the college guide.
New! Newsletter of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton. Read PDF format or View Flipbook. If you would like a hard copy of Hakol, email us at info@edjfed.org
Masa - Israel Journey
Masa in The Wall Street Journal. Read more
The Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation (EJCCF) helps people support Jewish causes that are important to them. Read more
Jewish Free Loan Edmonton
Jewish Free Loan Edmonton grants interest-free loans to members of the Edmonton Jewish Community who are in need of temporary financial assistance. Read more
J.CORE - Jewish Community Outreach Reconnect Edmonton
For more information about JCORE Click here
PJ Library
Mental Health and Resilience in Children - The Power of Community Connections. October 21 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT). Read more.

Please like the PJ Library Edmonton Facebook page for interesting activities to do with your kids at home.

If your child is 6 months to 8 years old,
Click here to register your child for PJ Library and receive free books monthly courtesy of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Federation staff are back in the office full time. We are working to ensure that all safety precautions are in place, and requisite conditions are met. The office will, however, still be closed to casual visitors. Please continue to call or email one of our staff members if you need to speak to them, or make an appointment to see them. All visitors to the office must adhere to social distancing rules and wear a mask. All deliveries will be taken at the door. Please do not come to the office if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness related to COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping our staff and community safe.
The Jewish Federation of Edmonton mobilization around the coronavirus has been a top priority, with much attention focused on the safety and wellbeing of our community as the key objective. While we are dealing with a dynamic and challenging situation as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread worldwide. We have created an information hub to provide resources and practical advice to help you stay informed.
Our goal is to facilitate a coordinated approach to maintaining a safe environment at Jewish institutions, ensuring the continued vibrancy of Jewish life in our community during this challenging time.

The Hub will be updated regularly over the coming days and weeks, so please check back often. You are also encouraged to reach out to Tal Toubiana, Federation’s Head of Security for more information or questions.


CJPAC - Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
PSL season has arrived! Political, Savvy & Learning. Read more

Jewish High School students, this is for you! Read more

Visit our website
JDIC Seniors' Centre
17th Annual Learning in Retirement Series:

Turning Points in Jewish History. Monday, October 19 - November 23, 2020 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Register

For more info Click here

Schmooze and News Click here to read our latest newsletter.
NCJW - Edmonton

The National Council of Jewish Women - ensuring the rights of women, children, and the disabled.
Visit our website
Talmud Torah
TT Times Newsletter Vol. 1. Read more.

Click here to visit our website.
Beth Israel
Visit our website
Beth Shalom
Click here to join our Facebook page.
Beth Ora Congregation
Please check out our website or Facebook for services and upcoming programs
For more info about us Click here
If you are in grades 9 through 12 and interested in joining BBYO, please Contact us to learn more.
Jewish Family Services
Yes, we're open! Read more

Click here to view our website.
ORT - Edmonton

Providing Education and Training in communities worldwide. For more information call Sondra Grosh
at 780-483-1781 or Click here for more info
Camp BB Riback
Click here to check out the Camp website.
Our Parents' Home
Our Parents' Home has been uniquely designed to meet the needs of a new generation of seniors. Read more
Jewish National Fund
Send Tree card requests 24/6 Click here

JNF Edmonton office hours. Read more

Click here to visit our website.
Kollel - The EDJGE
CHW - Edmonton
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) - CHW 2020 Annual Campaign! Help support programs and services for Children, Healthcare and Women in Israel and Canada. Call us at 403-253-4612. or email at info@chw.ca for more information. Click here to donate
Menorah Academy
Click here to view our website.

Enriching the lives of women and children in Israel since 1925. Click here to view our website
JAHSENA - The Jewish Archives and Historical Society of Edmonton and Northern Alberta
Notice of our Annual General Meeting.
Sunday, October 25, 2020, 2:00 pm
at Beth Shalom Synagogue in the lower auditorium.
We will discuss bylaw changes due to covid-19 there will not be a speaker at this meeting.
Please wear face masks and observe social distancing.
Preserving the history of the Edmonton Jewish Community from generation to generation.

Click here to visit the website.
Click here for our Facebook page.
Community Calendar
Check out the community's upcoming events and add your organizations to the calendar. The community calendar is an important tool which helps our community organizations plan their events. Please be sure to use the calendar tool and add all of your organizations events on an ongoing basis. For more information please contact Tal at talt@edjfed.org
Chevra Kadisha
Chevra Kadisha
Important Notice - Funerals will be restricted to graveside only.

Letter to the community from the Chevra Kadisha


Sunday, October 18th at 1:00pm Reuven Flitsian

Click here for the most recent funeral announcements.

Click here for the cemetery website.
Honest Reporting Canada
You don’t want to miss Honest Reporting Canada’s next Insider Briefing webinar on Tuesday, October 27 at 1:30pm ET. Featuring distinguished authors Natan Sharansky and Professor Gil Troy on their new book: “Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People.”
There’s no registration required to participate. Join by Zoom or by Meeting ID: 972 9867 7377 or call: (647) 374-4685.
Public Health Agency of Canada
Letter to faith community leaders / Lettre aux dirigeants de groupes confessionnels. Read more