Welcome to the JFED e-weekly
December 14th, 2018
6th of Tevet
Candle lighting times;
Friday, December 14th - 3:56 pm Shabbat begins
Saturday, December 15th - 5:16 pm Shabbat ends

Programs of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton
Jewish Federation of Edmonton
We had a very productive and well attended AGM this past week. At the meeting, the community voted (80 in favour, 34 against) for the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton to proceed with negotiations to build a JCC at the Talmud Torah. If a final agreement can be reached with the Talmud Torah and Edmonton Public Schools, the Board has the authority to approve it. As a part of the motion, the community has directed that at least $1 million be raised by November 30, 2019. 
The Board of Directors will convene early in the new year to discuss next steps, including finalizing negotiations with the Talmud Torah and looking at details surrounding a campaign to raise funds. 
The Jewish Federation of Edmonton and its fundraising arm, the United Jewish Appeal, require a significant amount of volunteers throughout the year. The next steps to get the JCC built will require even more volunteers than we normally have. 
In order to make this work, we need your help. If you are interested in getting involved with the JCC or with any of our other volunteer opportunities, please contact Debby Shoctor at debbys@edjfed.org or Steve Shafir at steves@edjfed.org

PJ Library
Introducing PJ Our Way! Free chapter books for children ages 9-11. Limited to the first 10 applicants.

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.
Your UJA - Our Community, Our Responsibility, Our Future.

Thank you for your extraordinary generosity during the 2018/19 UJA Campaign.
With incredible support from throughout our Community, we have raised over $1m. Unfortunately, we are still short of our goal to raise $1.1 million. 

If you have not yet made your gift, we need your help! Please make it before year-end to get a 2018 tax receipt.

Awaken young hearts and minds to Judaism through bursaries to Talmud Torah, Camp BB Riback, BBYO, The Asper Program, March of the Living, and Maccabi Games.

Fulfill our promise to remember by teaching thousands of Edmonton high school students about the Holocaust and providing commemorative ceremonies on Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah.

Provide key services that keep our seniors autonomous and help our Community’s neediest through bereavement, resettlement, and advocacy support. 

Find homes and jobs for new immigrants to Israel, and bring food, medicine and shelter to impoverished Jewish communities in 70 countries around the globe.

Showcase our Jewish history and culture to thousands of Albertans through Edmonton Heritage Days and the Edmonton Jewish Film Festival.

There is still time to get a 2018 Tax Receipt!
Contact Elianna Lisan at 780-487-0585 x 207 to make your pledge today.
Thank you for your generosity!
CLICK HERE to donate today!
Holocaust Education
For the first time in 80 years, Erica Spindel returned to the country she was once forced to flee due to Nazi persecution. Her grandson's performance in Austria led them both to face her experiences during the Holocaust.  Click here to read more
Click here to read our latest newsletter.
Hold the Date! March 4th, 2019
Israel Consulate General
Click here to read our Holiday Edition Newsletter.

Please Note: People who need to renew passports or get military deferral can do so through Steve Shafir of Witten at 780-441-3222.
Newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton . Click here to read our latest edition The latest edition is in the October edition of the Edmonton Jewish News. There are more copies available at the Jfed Offices.
J.CORE - Jewish Community Outreach Reconnect Edmonton
For more information about JCORE
Hillel supports Jewish students on campus.
Click here for more information on Hillel.
The Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation (EJCCF) helps people support Jewish causes that are important to them. Click here for more info
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.
Community Calendar
Check out the community's upcoming events and add your organizations to the calendar. Click here for the calendar
The Israeli film The Cakemaker  is playing on December 20 th at 7:00 pm at the Metro Cinema - Garneau Theatre, as part of Metro’s Any Excuse for Food series.

Harvey Atkin Purim Comedy Competition . This will be an evening intended to provide an opportunity to Jewish-Canadian stand-up comedians to perform in front of a live audience and panel of star judges, and the chance to win a cash prize.
The event will take place on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 at TEMPLE SINAI, 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto.

Please join our Facebook page or follow us on twitter and instagram
Beth Israel
Beth Israel President’s Message
On December 7, 2018, the Young Adults Group of the Beth Israel Congregation held a Shabbat Dinner. The event was extremely successful with over 70 individuals attending, both adults and children. The meal was fantastic and all enjoyed a very warm and inviting atmosphere, a model shabbat dinner and celebration.
Unfortunately, even at the time of the dinner and certainly within 24 to 36 hours after the event, there were a significant number of individuals who became ill with gastrointestinal symptoms. Approximately 25 of those attending became ill, although there were family members who did not attend who were also ill around that time.
I contacted Alberta Health Services on Sunday morning, Dec. 9 when it became evident that there was a problem. AHS investigates episodes such as this when a group of individuals become ill and they have an ongoing investigation, interviewing those who attended the dinner. I spoke with the investigators today and the following is what we know so far:
We do not have a certain cause for the “outbreak” of individuals with symptoms. Based on what the investigators have found so far, the most likely cause is related to a viral infection such as (but not necessarily) Norovirus. There has been a much higher incidence if this type of infection in the Edmonton area this winter season (AHS posted a public notice of this last month), so it is not at all unlikely. They base their assumption of the cause of the Beth Israel outbreak on the onset of symptoms of 12-24 hours, the length of the symptoms of 24-48 hours and the fact that all individuals involved have basically recovered. To our knowledge, nobody was hospitalized.
The food for this event was prepared and served by a very thoughtful and careful group of volunteers from this Young Adult BI group. There was no “professional caterer” involved with this meal in any way. AHS states that Norovirus spreads typically in those who are in close contact and with one individual who was quite ill attending the dinner, that alone may have been the cause. If food which is uncooked or already cooked, is handled by an individual carrying the virus (with symptoms or recently recovered from the viral symptoms, 1-2 weeks) and then served, this could result in passage of the virus...although this is not necessary for such an outbreak.
The bottom line is that we may never know the true cause of the illness, but it is most likely viral and not related to food preparation or food source. This type of event should be a reminder for all of us that if you or members of your immediate family are ill, do not go out into the public and spread the infection. Stay home and recover!! There is the potential that you could spread the virus for at least 48 hours after symptoms clear and perhaps up to 1-2 weeks later! Wash your hands and be very careful in handling food.
Above all, stay healthy!
Shabbat Shalom
David B Vickar MD
President Edmonton Hebrew Association Beth Israel Synagogue
Tu B'Shvat Trivia Night Click here for more info

M'Dor L' Dor - from Generation to Generation. Weekly learning for parents and children, starting one hour after Havdallah. Click here for more info

Boker Torah Sunday Mornings at BI.

Click here for our weekly update.
JAHSENA - The Jewish Archives and Historical Society of Edmonton and Northern Alberta
DATE: Sunday, December 16, 2018
TIME: 2:00 pm
LOCATION: Beth Shalom Synagogue
PROGRAM: Illustrated presentation by Calgary historian and author, Trudy Cowan,
who will speak about
The “Spanish Flu” Epidemic 100 Years Later and its effect on Canadian Jewish Communities.

Preserving the history of the Edmonton Jewish Community from generation to generation. Click here to visit the website.
Beth Ora Congregation
Full Experience Shabbat Shira and Tu B'Shvat Dinner. January 18th, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Click here for more info

TBO Family Kabbalat Shabbat. Friday December 21st at 6:00 pm. Click here for more info

Click here for a list of our upcoming programs.
AIFDA is performing at the Oil Kings game January 13th. Join us for the fun! $25/ticket. Contact aifdaedmonton@gmail.com for more information
Jewish National Fund
JNF Tu Bi'Shevat Telethon - Monday, January 21st, 2019. 5-7 pm Pizza and Bowling for telethon volunteers 7-8 pm.
All Jewish Youth Invited!
Ed's Bowling at WEM.
RSVP to edm@jnf.ca

Click here to visit our website.
Camp BB Riback
Registration is NOW OPEN!
Click here to register.

Save the Date for March 16, 2019 Camp BB-Riback Kegger.
Details Coming in the New Year!!!

Please help our camp raise $70,000 by volunteering for just one shift at our upcoming casino. Tuesday March 12th, and Wednesday March 13th, 2019.

Click here to check out the Camp website.
The Jewish Federation of Edmonton provides scholarships to Camp BB. Click here to apply for next year (starting in January 2019).

International Shabbaton in New York City February 21-25. Register here to ensure your spot.

For more info about us Click here
Beth Shalom
Click here for our latest newsletter.
Kollel - The EDJGE
If you are in grades 9 through 12 and interested in joining BBYO please contact Deb Lipton at dlipton@bbyo.org
Talmud Torah
Chai Edmonton is the must-have guide to all things in the Jewish Community. Only $18. Available at Talmud Torah, the Jewish Federation, and other community offices, or by contacting TT at 780-481-3377 or information@talmudtorahsociety.com

The Jewish Federation of Edmonton provides scholarships to Talmud Torah.
Click here to apply for next year
Canadian Friends of Hebrew University of Jerusalem
National Geographic™ calls the Israel National Trail (INT) one of “20 epic hikes” in the world. Each spring CFHU walks a different section of the 1,009 km long trail.
This year’s trek starts from the Dead Sea and finishes in Jerusalem.
Join us and discover Israel differently! 
March 3-8, 2019 Click here for details, pricing and registration forms or email us at
CHW - Edmonton
Come together right now to improve the lives of women, children and families in need. Click here to order your card today!
CJPAC - Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Click here to view our website.
Jewish Family Services
Click here to view our website.
Menorah Academy
Click here to view our website.
Na'amat - Enriching the lives of women and children in Israel since 1925.
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
NCJW - Edmonton - The National Council of Jewish Women - ensuring the rights of women, children, and the disabled.
Click here to view our website.
Our Parents' Home
Our Parents' Home has been uniquely designed to meet the needs of a new generation of seniors. Click here for more info
JDIC Seniors' Centre
Schmooze and News Click here to read our latest newsletter.
Chevra Kadisha
Chevra Kadisha Unveilings
There are no unveilings until further notice.

Click here for the cemetery website.