Annual Campaign

The Federation’s Annual Campaign is the engine that drives our community.


One of the most significant ways the Jewish Federation of Ottawa makes a difference in Jewish lives is through our annual community-wide fundraising effort, the Annual Campaign.

It is with the help of our visionary and compassionate donors that the Federation can proudly pursue our mission of advancing and promoting an exceptional quality of Jewish life.

Indeed, a gift to the Annual Campaign has a far-reaching impact on the continued vibrancy of Ottawa's Jewish community. The funds raised power all our efforts and it is with your help that we succeed in ENRICHING LIVES.


Please also understand that the Campaign is about more than raising money. It is about fulfilling the basic mitzvah of tzedakah – the commandment to act righteously. We consider every donation an act of faith – faith in the Federation system, faith in community and faith in the worldwide Jewish network and its ability to remain strong and vital.

Campaign events include Kickoff, Superweek (a multi-day telethon), Lion of Judah Dinner (part of the Women’s Campaign), Choices (part of the Women’s Campaign) and our prestigious Golf Tournament.

This year, our efforts are being led by Dr. Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka, Chair of Annual Campaign, and Aviva Ben-Choreen, Chair of the Women’s Campaign. Visit  Women's Philanthropy, for more information on how Jewish women are sharing their strength and vision.

  • Donate today!

    The Annual Campaign is in full swing! Please make your gift today and help ensure the continued vibrancy of Ottawa's Jewish community - join us in enriching lives!
    Donate online, or call Jean Myers at 613-798-4696, Ext. 242.

Campaign Canvassers
and Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of our Annual Campaign. They help the Federation reach out into the community, make connections and build relationships while successfully raising the funds that allow us to enrich lives. Contact Ariel Aronson at 613-798-4696 x 272, to find out how you can get involved. 

Annual Campaign 2018

Campaign Kickoff 
The Annual Campaign is launched each fall with a special community-wide event that features a keynote speaker and an exclusive pre-event reception for top donors. Past events have featured documentary filmmaker and philanthropist Nancy Spielberg​, Fed Talks with speakers Marc Kielburger, Allison Josephs and comedian Jon Steinberg; Nobel Laureate Eli Weisel, Hollywood icon Henry Winkler, prime-time star Josh Malina, philanthropist Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's, and the late Joan Rivers.

Answer the call on Telethon
Federation hosts a multi-day annual telethon where representatives from our partner agencies and community volunteers take to the phones and urge the community to answer the call, and donate so we can generate funding for vital programs. Please answer the call — you never know when someone may need your help.

Federation Golf Tournament 
In July, Federation hosts the National Capital Region’s premier golf tournament at the beautiful Rideau View Golf and Country Club. Each year, this sold-out event brings out hundreds of golfers for 18 holes, followed by a cocktail reception, buffet dinner and live auction.