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Mental Health & Counselling

Finding Hope: Overcoming Mental Health Stigma

In recent years, the topic of mental health has been just about everywhere: in conversations, on billboards, and ...
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Community Partnership

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 ...
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Community Partnership

JFS Has a New Permanent Home

Jewish Family Services (JFS) is excited to announce the purchase of a commercial building at 2929 Commercial Drive ...
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Community Partnership

Thank you for nourishing our community!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in Project Isaiah to help bring healthy and nutritious food ...
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Mental Health & Counselling

Message from the CEO regarding Israel

This weekend, during the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, a day synonymous with spiritual healing and reflection, Hamas ...
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Community Partnership

Vancouver Jewish Community Garden

The Vancouver Jewish Community Garden is in full bloom. Click Here to Learn More
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Community Partnership

Reflections From our UBC Dietetics Interns

Among its many roles in our community, JFS is an educational hub that emphasizes skill-building and empowerment for ...
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News

Project Isaiah is coming up soon!

For years, Project Isaiah has been a community-wide food drive collecting non-perishables. Each year, you've stepped up and ...
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Community Partnership

Food Bank or Food Hub: What’s in a name?

Hunger Action Month is here again! At JFS, we are working on food access issues, hunger, and food ...
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Community Partnership

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In partnership with Jewish Family Services, Kerrisdale Oakridge Marpole Better at Home, the Jewish Community Centre of Greater ...
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Community Partnership

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 ...
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Mental Health & Counselling

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 ...
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Events

Thank you for Imagining the Future!

Together, we raised over $442,000 to support more than 3,000 people through JFS' critical programs and services, including food ...
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Events

Nourishing Bodies, Minds, and Spirits

On the sunny afternoon of May 11th, 50 people from JFS’ community joined together at the Kitchen for B’tayavon: A ...
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Stories

Uniting Communities through Food

The Bvulgari Chapter of the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW-Vancouver)  visited The Kitchen to bake 200 Hamantaschen for JFS clients ...
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Mental Health & Counselling

Social Justice Through Counselling

JFS counsellors are trained to use a social justice lens to reduce barriers affecting marginalized people in our ...
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News

Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa

Once a week, Melissa spends time at The Kitchen assisting with food prep and packaging for the Meal ...
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News

Volunteer Spotlight: Malcolm

As a UBC undergrad student originally from Kamloops, Malcolm wanted to give back to his new community and ...
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Events

Community Kitchen: Dumplings from Around the World

The Community Kitchen series bring individuals together to learn new skills, and to connect with the community through ...
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Community Partnership

City Beet Farm: Veggies for Neighbours

JFS is partnering with City Beet Farm this year! City Beet Farm is a small-scale, multi-site urban farm ...
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News

Learning from Each Other: Intergenerational Dialogues

JFS' Thriving Seniors held its first Intergenerational Dialogue program, "Learning from Each Other" last month, which brought together ...
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News

Building Bridges to Inclusion

The path to our amazing partnerships and projects has always been led by our values. We are proud ...
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Events

JFS Innovators 2023: Imagine the Future

We are excited for the 17th annual Innovators Lunch. After three years of being apart, we can't wait for ...
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News

2022: A Year in Review

Another year has come and gone - what a year of obstacles and accomplishments! For me, it has ...
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News

Breathing Underwater: A support group for adults living with anxiety

Over the course of 8 sessions, trained counsellors will guide group exercises and discussions to help participants understand ...
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JFS Board Members
News

2022 JFS Board Nominees

JFS Board Nominees DONNA CANTOR holds a Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University and is a registered ...
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News

Let’s talk Housing Issues, Together

On October 20, we held our JFS Housing event at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House.  Presentations from Shelley ...
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News

Thank You For Making Project Isaiah A Success!

Thanks to our incredible partnerships with local synagogues, schools, and YOU, over $50,000 and 6,500+ lbs of nutritious ...
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JFS Annual General Meeting

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Date: Wednesday, November 23rdTime: 1:00PMLocation: Zoom Please register in advance. Once registered, you will ...
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News

Make A Meal, Build Community

The Food Security team proudly launched the Community Kitchen program from our very own Kitchen. Naomi Kestenbaum-Evans taught ...
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News

Belmont Properties Helps JFS Provide Temporary Housing 

 “He who saves just one life, saves the world entire.”  The Talmud   JFS had been working with the ...
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News

Participate in our Parent/Caregiver Survey

A few months ago, a group of parents of children and youth with disabilities got together to speak ...
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Community Partnership

September is Hunger Action Month!

It's Hunger Action Month! This is the perfect time to learn more about food insecurity, its impact on ...
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News

Healthy City for All Award

JFS receives "Healthy City for All" Award. On May 30th, JFS was honoured with the coveted "Healthy City ...
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Stories

Marc’s Story

In his clean, quiet home in Nanaimo, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, you would never know that ...
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News

Bringing Joy and Support to the Holiday Season

If you live on a low-income, access to holiday services and food can be expensive and overwhelming. This ...
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Stories

Crossing Borders to Support the Food Bank

Henry Rosenthal has been delivering food to the JFS Food Bank from Point Roberts, USA, throughout the pandemic. ...
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Stories

Building a food-secure future together

Proper nutrition plays a central part in learning, yet 1 in 8 households in Canada struggle to access ...
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Stories

Rhea’s Story: Courage to Change

It was a year before Rhea* even mentioned the abuse she was experiencing to the counsellors and caseworkers ...
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News

What You Should Know About JFS

As JFS' Board Chair, Jody Dales shares what makes JFS special, the importance of valuing our people, and ...
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News

Caring for Our Holocaust Survivors

JFS and Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) are pleased to announce a new partnership to serve Greater Vancouver's ...
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News

Preparing for Covid-19

By Mara Shnay Sadly with the Omicron variant, many of us will get Covid-19 over the next two ...
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News

JFS Covid-19 Safety Plan

JFS is working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy so we can continue to provide services to ...
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News

Meet Our New Board Members

We are delighted to welcome Eli Joseph, Madison Slobin and Sherri Wise as new board members at JFS. ...
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News

Homelessness in the Jewish Community

Hear Us, We Are Here is a project to bring awareness and understanding to Jewish homelessness in the ...
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News

Take Action on Homelessness

What Can I Do? Learn about the causes of homelessness and what it includes eg. living on the ...
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News

Experiencing Grief and Loss

Crossing the Bridge: Experiencing Grief and Loss in a Pandemic By Lily Shalev, Senior Outreach Therapist at JFS  ...
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News

Addiction Counselling Services at JFS

JFS Clients are now able to see Jewish Addiction Community Services (JACS) counsellors at The Kitchen by appointment. ...
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Stories

George’s Story

Before George came to JFS, he was struggling to make ends meet for his growing family. Finding employment ...
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News

Moishe’s Farm Retreat

Calling all Jewish young adults! Are you a socially conscious foodie & adventurer? Join us in the heart ...
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News

We Are Moving!

Our JFS office move is underway. We will be moving to two new office spaces over the next two months to ...
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News

An Outstanding Innovators 2021

Thanks to you, we raised over $270,000 for JFS Innovators 2021! To all of our donors and sponsors who made ...
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News

New JFS Van Hits the Road

JFS has been a food security advocate for decades and today is a moment we want to etch ...
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News

Thriving Seniors

Connect. Learn. Thrive. We're excited to announce the launch of a new program called Thriving Seniors. This innovative program ...
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News

New Food Hub Opens in April 2021

Last night, at our AGM, we shared an exciting announcement. In the spring of 2021, our ​Food Security ...
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News

Client Needs During COVID-19

In this JFS Client Update document compiled and written by the JFS Client Advisory Committee (CAC), we endeavor ...
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News

JFS COVID-19: What We Ask of You

What We Ask of You Wash your hands immediately upon entering the JFS building or location or your ...
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News

JFS COVID-19: Our Commitment to You

Our Commitment to You: JFS staff are being briefed regularly on measures to reduce the risk of infection ...
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Community Partnership

David Discovers the Joy of Music

Thanks to donors, a client on the autism spectrum discovers community through a local drumming circle. David was ...
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Community Partnership

A Family for Every Child

Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) has been dedicated to finding families for children since 1977. This organization ...
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Stories

Q&A: Karen Malone

INNOVATORS 2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER KAREN MALONE, FOUNDER & CEO, LITPARK Q: As the Founder and CEO of LitPark, ...
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News

2018-2019 Annual Report

At JFS, our work is only possible with you. You helped us successfully deliver our programs and services ...
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News

Jewish Food Link expands to North Shore

Jewish Family Services has expanded our healthy food program to the North Shore! Jewish Food Link provides healthy ...
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News

Hanukkah Helpers

Make this Hanukkah Memorable for a Family in Need Each donor family is reviewed and matched by our ...
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News

Making healthy food a priority

Increasing Healthy Options at the Jewish Food Bank Jacob knows how important it is to have healthy food. ...
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News

Introducing Our New CEO

The Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services (JFS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Tanja Demajo ...
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News

Farewell Message from Richard Fruchter

Dear Friends, At the end of August, I am retiring from my position as CEO at Jewish Family ...
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Stories

Housing Position Makes a Difference

Photo Above: Lina (right), Tenant Community Liaison, and Harriet, (left) tending the garden boxes at Dany Guincher's community ...
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News

The Power of Community

On May 14, 2019, over 600 people came together at our 15th annual Innovators Lunch to support the ...
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News

Jewish Food Security Task Force Report

Read the Jewish Food Security Task Force Report We're very pleased to announce the release of a report ...
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Stories

Building a New Life

Amy looks forward to starting a new life with her daughter. As a JFS client, she is among ...
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Stories

JDAIM

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion (JDAIM) month. It's an important month to take stock of how we as ...
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Stories

5 Questions with Lane Merrifield

The newest "dragon" to join CBC's hit show Dragons' Den, Lane Merrifield is one of Canada's leading tech ...
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Stories

Helping Mariam Find Meaningful Work

Mariam came to Canada two years ago from Armenia. With her education and experience in administration, she was ...
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Stories

Meet Lane Merrifield

The newest "dragon" to join CBC's hit show Dragons' Den, Lane Merrifield is one of Canada's leading tech ...
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Stories

Lucy’s Story

I am grateful to JFS for so much. I had a major health crisis when I came to ...
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