Rachel Sheryaev Vancouver

Rachel attends social groups and receives care from Jewish Family Service Agency of Vancouver through a grant from the Claims Conference for Holocaust survivor programs.


Direct compensation payments are made from the Article 2 Fund, the Hardship Fund and the Child Survivor Fund.


Claims Conference grants to home care provider, Circle of Care enable Holocaust survivors to remain in their own homes. Services provided include home care, case management, medical programs, transportation for medical appointments and kosher meal delivery.

Jewish Family and Child Service (JFCS) served approximately 800 Holocaust survivors in 2020, providing case management and emergency assistance.

The Claims Conference also supports socialization programs run by B’nai B’rith Canada which transitioned to virtual programs during COVID.


The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS) is the central location for services to Jewish elderly in Montreal and the surrounding area. Claims Conference funding enables CJCS to develop and maintain services specific to the needs of Holocaust survivors including home care, food cards, food packages, financial assistance with medications, medical equipment, dental care and case management. A national program run by CJCS and supported by the Claims Conference provides aid to Holocaust survivors living in smaller communities throughout Canada. These agencies are Jewish Child and Family Service Winnipeg, Windsor Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services of Victoria and Vancouver Island, Jewish Social Services of Hamilton, Atlantic Jewish Council of Halifax and Jewish Family Service Calgary.


Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Edmonton provides client transportation, dental care, food vouchers and packages, case management, medicine, medical program and equipment, home care and emergency assistance to Holocaust survivors.


Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Ottawa provides financial assistance for medical equipment, medical programs, dental services, home care services and case management to Holocaust survivors.

Partner agencies in Canada quickly adapted and transitioned service delivery models when the country went into lockdown as a result of COVID-19 in March 2020. The agencies continued providing ongoing services to Holocaust survivors. Circle of Care, JFCS, CJCS, and JFS of Edmonton, applied for and received additional financial support through the Claims Conference’s COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund to provide assistance with PPE, personnel cost, remote socialization, food program and technology for staff. Additionally, JFS Ottawa started providing food programs, PPE for clients and employees, and remote socialization programs.


The Holocaust survivor social service program of the Jewish Family Service Agency of Vancouver provides home care, food vouchers, case management, funds for dental services, medical assistance and equipment and adult day programs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency applied and was awarded funding from the Claims Conference’s COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund to assist Holocaust survivors with food programs.

With the help of Claims Conference funds, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, coordinates educational programs on the Holocaust, and provides services to Holocaust survivors such as virtual socialization, case management and restitution assistance.

In 2020, the Education Centre coordinated virtual socialization events for survivors, to ensure they were staying connected and supported during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In 2020, the Jewish Child and Family Service of Winnipeg operated a virtual Café Europa program for Holocaust survivors. In addition, the agency benefited from Claims Conference funding through the national program administered by the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors for essential social services, such as home care.