Welcome to the JFED e-weekly
March 20th, 2020
24th of Adar
Candle lighting times;
Friday, March 20th - 7:31 pm Shabbat begins
Saturday, March 21st - 8:43 pm Shabbat ends

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Programs of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton
Important Notice

All in-person events of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton have been cancelled until further notice.

Dear Community Members:

With the increasing gravity of the situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that our team at the Jewish Federation of Edmonton is closely monitoring the situation and preparing as well as we can for any eventuality which will affect our community, staff and programming. The health and safety of all of our participants, especially of our elderly members, is paramount to us.

We are receiving and monitoring information from many sources, including our community partners JFNA, CIJA and JFC-UIA. Information and guidelines have been sent out to our Registered Organizations, our staff, and others. Our emergency plans are in place, and are being constantly monitored and updated. We will attempt to keep the lines of communication open, and will inform you of any and all changes to our programs and services.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the events listed in the JFED, including our own and others, may be cancelled on short notice. In the event of a cancellation, we will notify the community via every means available. However, if you are unsure if an event is still taking place, please check our website, or contact the office. We are working closely with our community partners to help them also plan for the developing situation.

For more information on the current pandemic please see the Alberta Health website: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx ; the Health Canada website: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html ;  or the JFNA website: https://jewishfederations.org/jfna-coronavirus-resource-page.

Federation staff are still working out of the office. If there is something you feel they can help you with, please call them at (780) 487-0585, or email them at:  info@edjfed.org.

Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time.

We wish health, safety and happiness for us all as we weather the coming days.


Steve Shafir

Debby Shoctor

The Jewish Federation of Edmonton

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.
Your UJA
UJA Coronavirus Update

Dear Donors,

We hope you are healthy and doing well during this very challenging time.
As a valued UJA donor, you have chosen to invest in strengthening our community. As events are rapidly evolving, we wanted to update you on all that UJA is doing to help our community navigate this unprecedented crisis.
Holocaust Education Committee
CANCELLED - Yom HaShoah memorial Service, Tuesday, April 21st, 12:00 Noon at the Federal Building . See below for more information.

POSTPONED - The Girl from Treblinka Sunday, April 26th at 7:15pm at Beth Israel Synagogue

Russ Joseph, z’l Memorial Fund Established
Thanks to a generous donation, a fund has been established at the Edmonton Community Foundation in memory of former Federation CEO and community member, Russ Joseph, z’l.

Support the Anne Frank Memorial Statue in Edmonton by making a donation.
The Dutch Canadian Community is erecting a statue of Anne Frank in Light Horse Park on May 5th.

Canadian Society for Yad Vashem
Cancellation Notice : National Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
J.CORE - Jewish Community Outreach Reconnect Edmonton
POSTPONED - Comedian Giora Zinger Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00pm at the Comic Strip.

For more information about JCORE
Stay Tuned for The Virtual Edmonton Jewish Film Festival

Though the Jewish Federation of Edmonton made the difficult decision to cancel the live Edmonton Jewish Film Festival, all is not lost. Film is a very adaptable format and we will soon announce the launch of The Virtual Edmonton Jewish Film Festival . Several of the great films in our lineup will be made available to our audiences on their computers and Smart TVs, right in the comfort of their own homes. We plan to have this up and running sometime in May. Dates, schedules and prices will be announced on our website as soon as they are available. For more information please email Susan at susans@edjfed.org
Integrated Bursary Program
Applying for funding? 2020 application is now available online.
Click here for more information on IBP.
Hillel @ Home a new way to connect with Hillel

Hillel supports Jewish students on campus.
Click here for more information on Hillel.

Click here for our latest International Newsletter.
PJ Library
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.
The March and May Birthright Trips have been cancelled.
A Message from the President of Israel

JFNA Corona Virus resources click here
JDC Coronavirus Update
We are living at a time of great uncertainty, with the entire global community managing a public health crisis unprecedented in most of our lifetimes. The impact brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is profound, but JDC is committed to mobilizing and responding to the crisis.
Israel Consulate General
Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, and following the decision of the Government of Israel, the Consular Department at the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada will adopt a special work procedure, effective immediately. 
Until further notice, only limited consular services will be provided at the Consulate. Urgent consular services will be provided by mail. 
All appointments will have to be approved ahead of time by phone by Consular officials. Note: appointments that have already been scheduled will also have to be approved by phone. DO NOT COME TO THE CONSULATE UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO DO SO BY PHONE BY CONSULAR OFFICIALS.
For urgent matters, contact the Consulate by email only. Provide the details as well as your phone number and Israeli ID number. Please write to one of the following emails:
The Jewish Agency for Israel
Carrying on Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Personal letter from Isaac Herzog and
Michael Siegal Click here to read more
COVID-19 Update - Statement Regarding Passover Food
Newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton . Click here to read our latest edition Look for the current edition in the March EJN. There are more copies available at the Jfed Offices.
The Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation (EJCCF) helps people support Jewish causes that are important to them.
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.
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Community Organizations
Camp BB Riback
Join us in support of Camp BB-Riback at the Chebur Fundraiser Events (chebur = connect)
Calgary - March 14th - POSTPONED
Edmonton - April 25th

Click here to check out the Camp website.

Applying for funding? 2020 application is now available online.
Click here for more information on IBP.
Talmud Torah
All Edmonton Public School Classes have been cancelled until further notice

Update for Talmud Torah K-6 Families

Talmud Torah Early Learning Centre
Passover Flower Sale
We're sorry to announce that the ELC flower sale has been canceled. We determined that it was not in anyone's best interests to ask volunteers to make deliveries under the Covid-19 guidelines. All existing orders will be refunded in the next few days.

Click here to visit our website.
Beth Shalom
Morning minyan and Shabbat Services Cancelled
please see below
Update from Beth Shalom Click here to read more

Click here for our latest newsletter.
AIFDA - Aviv Israeli Folk Dance Association
Reel Mensch Productions is working hard behind the scenes to create the virtual Festival Hatzafon . The link will be password protected and limited to dancer families only at this time.
We will be posting a couple of Aviv dances for the whole community to enjoy. Stay tuned!
Although these aren't ideal circumstances, we appreciate your understanding and positive energy during this time.
Thank you for your continued support!
If you purchased tickets online through ticketpro, you will be reimbursed in the next month.
Order your Shmura Matzah Now!
As Pesach is fast approaching in this unprecedented time, please take a moment to re-think you Seder plans.
If you will be making your own seder for the first time, Click here  for a link with step -by-step instructions. 
In addition, you can order hand baked round Shmura Matzah to enhance your seder and the Mitzvah of eating Matzah on Pesach night.

Limited supply, place your order now!
To order:
Or text Rabbi Dovid
780 299-0066

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Kosher Pesach!  
May we merit the coming of Moshiach now!

Rabbi Dovid Pinson

For more info about us Click here
JDIC Seniors' Centre
JDIC is closed until further notice.

Schmooze and News Click here to read our latest newsletter.
Kollel - The EDJGE
Jewish National Fund
The Negev Dinner honouring Odette and Jacob Masliyah has been postponed. Contact the office for more info.

JNF Edmonton Office Hours have been adjusted :
Monday-Wednesday: 9am-3pm; Thursday-Friday: 9am-2pm. Send Tree card requests 24/6 edm@jnf.ca

Click here to visit our website.
Snoboy/MBA Sweetheart and Beau April 3-5 CANCELLED.

Applying for funding? IBP 2020 application is now available online.
Click here for more information on IBP.

If you are in grades 9 through 12 and interested in joining BBYO, please contact Dani Uretsky at
CJPAC - Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Summer Internship Opportunity
The CJPAC Internship is 35 hours per week and runs from May 2020 to August 2020 in our Toronto and Montreal offices. It is open to current or graduating post-secondary students only. It’s an opportunity to meet with elected officials, political activists and community leaders all while participating in programs to enhance your political and professional skills

Click here to view our website.
JAHSENA - The Jewish Archives and Historical Society of Edmonton and Northern Alberta
Preserving the history of the Edmonton Jewish Community from generation to generation. Click here to visit the website.
Click here for our Facebook page.
Beth Ora Congregation
Or Shalom Jewish Sunday School
Volunteers Needed!
Or Shalom is looking for a new sunday school coordinator!

Click here for a list of our upcoming programs.
ORT - Edmonton
Providing Education and Training in communities worldwide.
Rounding up ORT Day 2020

For more information call Sondra Grosh at
780-483-1781 or Click here for more info
CHW - Edmonton
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) -
CHW Edmonton Centre
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.
Beth Israel
Building closed until further notice.
Postponed - Girl from Treblinka
Rabbi and President's Message - COVID-19 Update Click here to read more

Boker Torah Sunday Mornings at BI.

Click here for our weekly update.
Jewish Family Services
JFSE Update - Service Continuation

Click here to view our website.
NCJW - Edmonton - The National Council of Jewish Women - ensuring the rights of women, children, and the disabled.
Click here to view our website.
Menorah Academy
School closed until further notice
Click here to view our website.
Enriching the lives of women and children in Israel since 1925.
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.
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 Dani at
KlezKanada - Apply now for the 2020 Azrieli Scholarship Program - For emerging artists and scholars to study at a retreat. Click here for more info

Technion Canada - Student Summer Opportunity
Chevra Kadisha
Chevra Kadisha Unveilings
Important Notice - Funerals will be restricted to graveside only
Letter to the community from the Chevra Kadisha

Sunday, April 26th at 11:00am Lillian Soroka

Sunday, May 17th at 2:30pm Miriam Rabinovitch
Sunday, May 24th at 11:00am Monica Miller

Sunday, June 7th at 1:00pm Isadore Burstyn

Tuesday, July 7th at 1:00pm Ida Antflick

Sunday, August 16th at 11:00am Mildred Ragosin
Sunday, August 16th at 12:00pm Marielle Witten
Sunday, August 23rd at 11:00am Ann Mishna

Click here for the most recent funeral announcements.

Click here for the cemetery website.