March 4 - April 4
Mar 4 - SJCC/OrH,Jewish Experience Survey presentation
Mar 7 - Israeli women in Ottawa, International Women's Day Celebration
Mar 10 - EG, Winter Cocktails
Mar 13 - CSN: Shabbat 180
Mar 15 - Limmud, Day of Learning
Mar 15 - Temple Israel, Talk with Rabbi Moskowitz
Mar 17 - Bora Laskin Society, 50th Anniversary
Mar 18 - SJCC, Can. Friends of Peace, The Oslo Diaries film
Mar 25 - Rare Book Collection
Mar 27 - Shabbat Downtown
Mar 28 - Federation, EG Casino Night
Mar 29 - KBI, Family Chocolate Seder
Mar 31 - Federation, J-Fellows Session 3
Mincha: Mon. through Thurs. until Feb 27
1 - 1:30 pm
Thursdays 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Beginners and experienced players welcome. Bring sets and cards if you have them. $2 per session.
Teddy Bear Shabbat
Twice per month on Saturdays
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
For familes with children aged 5-10.
Saturdays 10:30 - 11:30 am
Jewish Bereavement Support Group
Second Wednesday of every month, 7 - 8:30 pm
Women's Torah Study
Join Rabbi Zuker at her home on Wednesday's 7 pm. near Rosh Chodesh
Kol Miriam Choir
Weekly on Tuesdays Oct. 29 to June 9, 2020.
7 - 8:30 pm
Hillel Lodge, 10 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.
Motzei Shabbat Video Torah Lecture
7 - 8:30 pm
weekly until April 25
Guf Va’Nefesh – Body-Mind-Spirit Integration Classes
7:30 - 9 pm monthly on 1st Wednesday.
30 Cleary Ave. Room 5
Ottawa Israeli Dance
Tuesdays at OJCS gym
6:30 - 10 pm
$5 pay at the door
Jbaby Oneg Shabbat at Hillel Lodge
weekly 10:30 - 11 am
Ages 0-4, contact
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Every month on the 4th Friday until June 26. Please contact to confirm
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 Anne Read by email or 613-798-4696 x355
Thank You to our Corporate Partners
Jewish Federation of Ottawa Events
Community Service Awards
Do you know an awesome volunteer? Please nominate them for special recognition! This year, the Jewish Federation has three awards to recognize our community’s outstanding volunteers.
Members of the Jewish community are invited to nominate worthy individuals.
Visit our web page for nomination forms, instructions and info about these awards: Freiman Family Young Leadership Award, Shem Tov and Student Leadership award.
Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2020.
Leadership Development Program for Young Adults
Session 3 “Well being in the Workplace” NEW!
7 - 9 pm
Join Sabina Wasserlauf and Leah Labib and explore mindfulness, gratitude, and hatha yoga from a Jewish perspective. Develop your toolkit of stress management strategies for increased focus, and personal well being. Light reception.
Program is free of charge, but online registration required here
Contact Anne Read at 613-798-4696 x355 or email@example.com
Winter Cocktails NEW!
5:30 - 8 pm
The EG division of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa invites you to its 2020 Winter Cocktails evening.
Meet us for good times, good vibes and drinks that are sure to warm you up - let's not forget connecting with other Jewish young professionals! The first round is on us!
Flora Hall Brewing, 37 Flora St.
Roaring '20s Casino Night NEW!
Join the Emerging Generation for a glamorous evening of casino games, delicious food, drinks and guaranteed fun at this annual event! Dress in your best "Roaring '20s glam!"
Event Co-chairs:Jenna Nowlan and Lianna Krantzberg
Early Bird tickets $25 (until March 13)
General Tickets $30 (after March 13)
At the Door $36
La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins
333 King Edward St.
Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation
It’s award time!
The Foundation is proud to offer these four awards – visit the links below for applications and full info. Deadline for all applications is April 17, 2020.
Calling all artists!
We're looking for new card designs!
The Jewish calendar is filled with a rich variety of holidays. Please send us a high resolution image of your original artwork - suitable to be printed on 5" x 7" cards. Consider images suitable for celebrations, sympathy, encouragement, wishes for good health, as well as Jewish holidays. All chosen designs will carry the artist's name and will be featured on our website, on social media, and in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.
Bora Laskin Law Society
50th anniversary of Bora Laskin's Appointment to the Supereme Court of Canada (SCC) NEW!
5:30 - 8:30 pm
The Bora Laskin Law Society is an association of Jewish lawyers, dedicated to the social, professional, and intellectual development of the Ottawa Jewish legal community.
Keynote speaker: Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of the SCC. Enjoy a light meal reception with drinks and dessert catered by Creative Kosher Catering.
Sorry, no payment at the door. We look forward to seeing you!
Supreme Court of Canada
301 Wellington Street
Canadian Friends of Peace Now
The Oslo Diaries - film event NEW!
7:30 - 9:30 pm
This outstanding documentary film by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan goes behind the scenes of the 1990s Oslo Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It reveals the hopes, potential and tragic collapse and offers perspective on today's situation. Based partially on the diaries of the main negotiators, the film features interviews with key players (including Shimon Peres, his last interview before his death), riveting historical footage and dramatic re-enactments. Admission free, donations welcome.
Soloway JCC, Social Hall
21 Nadolny Sachs Private
Kehillat Beth Israel
Family Chocolate Seder NEW!
3:30 - 5:30
Join us for a fun family learning experience as we prepare for Passover.
1400 Coldrey Avenue
March 15 NEW!
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Limmud invites all Jews from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages to share and learn together by providing unique learning opportunities on diverse topics in various formats. This year we have a Young Limmud March Break Program running parallel to our main program. This is to give families an opportunity to attend Limmud and participate in the magic of together as a family. Please check out our past programs at limmudottawa.ca.
View our upcoming program here
Proud beneficiary of The Jewish Federation of Ottawa.
General Admission $36 • Students free • Tickets
Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private
Rohr Chabad Student Network of Ottawa
CSN: Shabbat 180 NEW!
6 - 9 pm
The largest Shabbat dinner for the University of Ottawa and Carleton! Imagine 180 students celebrating Shabbat in a beautiful ball room, challah, piping hot matzah ball soup, chicken and your favourite dessert — all catered and top notch! Grab every Jewish friend you got and gear up for an event you won't want to miss! Table captains will be responsible to ensure a full table.
University of Ottawa, DMS 12th floor
Contact Yocheved Boyarsky at 613-601-7701
Shabbat Downtown NEW!
6:30 - 11 pm
Join us as Ottawa's Jewish young professional community celebrates Shabbat services at 6:30 pm, followed by candle lighting "Partnership Minyan" style - men and women sit separately, but share duties in leading services. Traditional Kosher Shabbat dinner - wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks included. Attendance is free thanks to generous sponsorship. A donation of $5 (via Eventbrite) to the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank is required to secure your spot. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa's Microgrants Program and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's Grassroots Events program in making Shabbat Downtown possible. Set-up and clean up volunteers needed!
185 Lyon Street North, 2nd floor party room
The Jewish Experience in Canada Today
7:30 - 9:30 pm
In 2018 a landmark survey produced the first comprehensive picture of Canada's Jewish population on such issues as identity, practices, values and experiences. This event features a presentation of the research, followed by a panel discussion to consider the significance and implications of the research generally and for the Ottawa community.
Sponsors: Soloway JCC, Or Haneshamah
21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.
Contact Maxine Miska at 613-798-9818 ext 263
Winter Israeli Film Series
'Peace after Marriage'
Doors open at 6:40 pm
Sponsors: Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program, SJCC, The Embassy of Israel, CICF
Rare Book Collection from the Montreal Jewish Public Library NEW!
1 - 3 pm
Books from the Rare Book Collection date from 1481 and will be available to view. They provide a snapshot of the Jewish literary tradition. After the Holocaust, the Jewish Restitution Organization was responsible for reuniting stolen and hidden books with their owners. Those books that could not be repatriated with their owners were distributed to libraries around the world.
7th Annual Spin and Swim Biathlon Fundraiser NEW!
8 - noon
Join us for a fun day of fitness that raises funds for the Soloway JCC! Get involved and/or DONATE NOW!
Identity Politics in Ancient Israel NEW!
10:30 - noon
From Noah's sons to Lot's daughters, some biblical stories can seem rather bizarre to us reading them today. Professor Shawna Dolansky will take you on a quick tour through the book of Genesis, with an eye toward revealing what these less well-known stories might tell us about their authors' concerns with identity politics in their larger Syro-Canaanite environment.
Unless otherwise mentioned, all events take place at
Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.
Jbaby Shabbat Playgroup - Music & Movement NEW!
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Music, Crafts, Torah march and LOTS of fun!
1301 Prince of Wales Dr
Contact Ranit Braun at 613-400-3430
Tikkun, Text, and Activism: A Talk NEW!
7 - 9 pm
Join Rabbi Mike Moskowitz in conversation with Temple member Rabbi Dara Lithwick, chair of the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism’s committee to develop a Canadian Tikkun Olam strategy and Canadian representative to the Union for Reform Judaism’s Commission on Social Action, for a stimulating and interactive discussion on tikkun olam¸ textual activism, and allyship.
Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is the Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBT synagogue. He is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBTQ inclusivity. He has written, “justice” should never be about “just us.”
Contact Dara Lithwick at 613-224-1802
1301 Prince of Wales Dr.
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