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Collaborating to Provide Homelessness Services

For years, JFS has been working collaboratively with community members to shape programs and services. From the reports and recommendations of our Client Advisory Committee to the community dialogues that take place at our annual Homelessness Action Week events, the input of those with lived experience is vital to ensuring the efforts and donations of […]

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Fresh produce from the VJCG ready to go to the Kitchen. Rainbow carrots, kale, green onions, bok choy.

Get ready for spring with the Vancouver Jewish Community Garden

The Spring Equinox is right around the corner and the Vancouver Jewish Community Garden is officially ready for its 2024 season! With all the City of Vancouver permits and inspections now complete, Congregation Beth Israel, Jewish Family Services, and Vancouver Talmud Torah will be able to plan programming in the garden to cultivate the overlapping

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Celebrating the Holidays: Tips to Lower Stress

Whether it be Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Winter Solstice or Festivus for the rest of us, most cultures and communities have a winter celebration involving faith, bright lights, family, friends and food. Umm, lots of food. Even though I grew up in a secular family, winter holidays were one of the best times of the year

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Message from the CEO regarding Israel

This weekend, during the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, a day synonymous with spiritual healing and reflection, Hamas terrorists launched a heinous attack on Israeli civilians, murdering hundreds, injuring thousands, and kidnapping an untold number of innocent men, women and children. As a Jewish social service agency, our mission is to support the mental health

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The Grand Opening of the VJCG!

MindsEye Photography by Tybie; Nucleus Photography by Efrat Gal-Or On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the community came together to mark the grand opening of the long-awaited Vancouver Jewish Community Garden (VJCG). The event was filled with excitement and a strong sense of unity as community members, volunteers, and founding organizations gathered to witness the transformation of

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The Significance of Language in Counseling: Fostering LGBTQ2S+ Inclusivity

How do service providers such as JFS create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ2S+ clients?  It’s an important question as the LGBTQ2S+ community has and continues to experience condemnation, discrimination, and hate crimes. For many decades, counselling services have played a part in addressing the social injustices that members of the LGBTQ2S+ community have experienced. Language,

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