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Purim is almost here! For a full listing of Purim events, visit our website here.
Quick Calendar
February 21 - March 21  
Feb 21 - SJCC, Dr. Zohar Kerem, Healthy Eating
Feb 25 - KBI Movie Night  
Feb 26 - KBI, Klez 10
Feb 26 - SJCC, Lior Raz/Fauda
Mar 3 - CSN, Shabbat Dinner and Guest Speaker
Mar 4 - KBI Movie Night
Mar 4 - Machzikei, Wine Tasting
Mar 5 - SJCC, Israeli Sing Along 
Mar 5 - Young Israel, Kosher Love
Mar 7 - KBI, Book Group Meeting
Mar 19 - HU Alumni, Hockey Game 
Upcoming Federation Events
April 23 - Federation, Yom Hashoah Commemmoration
Recurring Events
Tea and Torah: Weekly Parasha Study. Tuesdays, year round!
Ottawa Talmud Circle 
bi-weekly, Mondays 7-9 pm
Cheshbon HaNefesh, An Introduction to Mussar 
bi-weekly, Mondays 7-8:30 pm
Seudah Shlishit Study and Dinner 
monthly 5 - 8:30 pm

Vegetarian Shabbat Dinner
monthly 6 - 9 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner
monthly 6 - 9 pm

Thursdays beginning Oct 15
"Read Hebrew Now"

Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa
Simple Truths - Pivotal Jewish Insights for Centered Living
Wednesdays, December 7 - May 3
7:30 pm to 9 pm
Thursdays, December 8 - May 4
9 am - 10:30 am
Contact Devora Caytak at 613-729-7712 or
Kol Miriam Ladies Choir
Wednesdays until April 7
7:15 - 9 pm
RSVP to 613-715-9004 or
Hillel Lodge
Ottawa Israeli Dance
Tuesdays at OJCS gym
7-10 pm

Shabbat Shalom at the SJCC
Fridays 9:15 - 10:45 am
Join us every week in the Ganon preschool. Enjoy story time in both English and Hebrew, sing, play and more. Perfect for kids 4 and under. Open to all Jewish and Interfaith Families. Cost $5 Info
Quick Links
Are you interested in making a difference in the Ottawa Jewish community? Do you have a particular skill? Check out Federation's Volunteer Centre here.
For more information, contact Sarah Beutel at or 613-798-4696 x253
Ottawa Jewish Archives
Jack Smith's 50th birthday party, January 14, 1982.
Jewish Federation of Ottawa
News and Events
Jewish Federation of Ottawa Employment Opportunities
Community Engagement Specialist
As a key member of the Community Building Team, the Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for key Federation initiatives including Holocaust education, March of the Living, volunteer engagement, welcoming newcomers and the virtual Jewish Ottawa Info-Centre. This position is ideal for someone passionate about helping to foster a warm, inclusive Jewish community, and requires someone outgoing and self-motivated, who loves working with people and has the skills to engage them in programs and volunteering in order to strengthen the community. A friendly, warm disposition with a strong customer service orientation is a must. See the full job posting here. Apply by Feb. 20 to Sarah Beutel, at

Event Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation. The Event Coordinator oversees the planning and implementation of multiple complex events throughout the year to ensure they run smoothly and professionally. The Event Coordinator works collaboratively with staff and volunteer committees, and builds excellent working relationships with stakeholders including volunteers, donors, speakers, vendors and sponsors. This full-time position requires excellent communication skills and exceptional attention to detail. For more information please contact Sarah Beutel at or at 613-798-4696, ext. 253.
Scholarships for Teachers
The Montreal Holocaust Museum offers scholarships to Social Sciences and Languages teachers from Quebec and Ontario to attend the Belfer Conference at the USHMM in Washington. This conference provides teachers with resources and guidelines to teach about the history of the Holocaust. Call for applicants.

An Evening With Lior Raz - SOLD OUT!
An evening with Lior Raz, co-creator and main character in the hit TV series, Fauda.
No tickets will be issued, but your name will be on a list at the entrance. All guests should bring photo ID to enter the building. Tickets $10
Contact: Sarah Beutel at
Sponsors: Jewish Federation of Ottawa, SJCC, Vered Israel Cultural & Educational Program, and CIJA
Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.

Yom Hashoah Commemmoration
From Generation to Generation: Remembering the Holocaust through Story and Song with Cantor David S. Wisnia and Avi Wisnia

Sunday, April 23
7 pm
Cantor David S. Wisnia was prisoner #83526 in Auschwitz. He was incarcerated for close to 3 years, saving his life by singing to entertain the Nazi SS and cell block leaders. January 27, 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. Dignitaries, heads of state, and 300 survivors attended to commemorate the event in Poland, while millions watched the live broadcast from around the world. David S. Wisnia, and his grandson Avi, traveled back to Poland at the invitation of the Auschwitz Museum and the Polish government. Together, the Wisnias spent a week in Poland for the anniversary event in Auschwitz, where Cantor Wisnia sang - as he did many times when he was a prisoner.
 Auschwitz survivor Cantor David Wisnia and his grandson Avi recount their recent travels in Poland, with stories about the Holocaust and music that they will perform together.
Free event. All are welcome.
Contact: Francie Greenspoon at or 613-798-4696 x255
Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt. 
Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation
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New Foundation Awards!
Apply today! 
The Ilana and Steven Rubin Scholarship 
Valued at $1,800, this award aims to help students, who have graduated from high school with a
B average or higher and who demonstrate financial need, attend a Canadian or Israeli post-secondary school. To apply, contact Arieh Rosenblum at or 613-798-4696, x270.

The Norman Lesh Philanthropy Award
Valued at $3,500, this award aims to help individuals or groups who have an idea for an innovative and creative philanthropic, entrepreneurial activity that offers the potential for ongoing benefits to the Ottawa Jewish community, or surrounding communities, including Montreal. To apply, contact Mike Bazuk at at, or 613-798-4696, x252.

For info on these and other awards, visit 
Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
Passover Greetings
Now is the time to place your holiday greeting in the community-wide edition of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, which publishes April 3. Send best wishes to the community on behalf of your organization or business, or place personal greetings to your family and friends. The deadline for placing a greeting is March 10. Please contact Business Manager Eddie Peltzman for more info: 613-798-4696, x 256 or

Submit your thoughts!
To help mark Canada's 150th, The Bulletin is welcoming personal essays from readers. Please share with us! What does it mean to you to be Jewish in Canada? As a Canadian Jew, what do you hope for our future? Is there anything special in our Canadian history that has impacted you as Jew? Please note, submission should be about 300 words and will be edited for style.
Send submissions to:  
Soloway Jewish
Community Centre 
Community Events
Canadian Alumni Association of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hockey Game
Sunday, March 19
4 - 6 pm
Hit the ice in Ottawa! Face-off with you friends and help send Canadian students to study at Hebrew University! Come out and join us for our first ever Hockey Madness game on ice presented by the Canadian Alumni Association of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The game will be followed by FREE family skate at 5 pm.
Barbara Ann Scott Arena, 2205 Torquey Ave.
Contact Daniel Tor at or 343-998-3451
Kehillat Beth
Israel Congregation 
Saturday Nights at the Movies with Chazzan Benlolo
Join Chazzan Benlolo for a three-part Jewish film festival featuring movies, discussions, and light refreshments. 
February 18: 'Wunderkinder'. Three musically talented children develop a deep friendship extending beyond their different religions and nationalities. A film dedicated to the 1.5 million Jewish children who died in the Holocaust. 
February 25: 'Dough'. An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice drops cannabis into the dough and send sales sky high. 
March 4: 'Once In A Lifetime'. A teacher in an urban high school tries to motivate her students by challenging them to enter a national competition. 'Once In A Lifetime' demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations. Cost: $5/movie for KBI members; $7/movie for non-members.
Contact/RSVP: Chazzan Benlolo at 613-728-3501 or
Malca Pass Library Book Group Meeting
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier will be reviewed by Gerald Halpern.
Contact: Maureen Kaell at 613-224-8649 or
Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at
1400 Coldrey Ave.
Machzikei Hadas
Wine Tasting Experience for Singles Ages 45+
Saturday, March 4
8 - 10 pm  
Come for an evening of delicious wine and hors d'oeuvres and connect with other Jewish singles in the Nation's Capital. At a private residence in Centretown. Cost: $20. 
For more info contact Alex Griller at or 613-859-6979 or 
For all agencies and community organizations wishing to suggest events and news, please do so by visiting our website's Community Calendar. ("Suggest an event" is at the top right.) We will do our best to make sure that your event also gets published in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin and the twice-monthly Federation E-news. Our E-news is also shared on Facebook and Twitter.

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Please submit your events to our website community calendar by March 2 for the next E-News on March 7. 
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