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Quick Calendar
for Dec 1 - Jan 1
Dec 2 - Federation, Chanukah Cooking with
Chef Solomonov
Dec 2 - Greenberg Library, An Evening with Ina Garten
Dec 3 - CBTO, Explore Israel
Dec 7 - CJPAC, Year in Review
Dec 8 - Federation, In Honour of Rabbi Sacks Z"L
Dec 13 - PJ Library Sing Along
Dec 15 - EG Chanukah Dough Ball
Join the SJCC and the Jewish Federation of Ottawa throughout Chanukah, for virtual candle lighting. more
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Chanukah Cooking with Chef Michael Solomonov
December 2
7:45 pm Ottawa Pre-Show Schmooze & Prizes
8 pm Chanukah Cooking Demonstration
You are invited to a special Chanukah cooking demonstration with James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov. 
The Jewish Federation of Ottawa and the Soloway JCC are proud to participate in this event, along with our North American Federation partners and thanks to our friends at the Federation of Greater Portland.
Special thanks to our digital events sponsor GGFL.
Register here for the event by Dec 1 at noon and have your name entered in the draw to win one of three books by Chef Solomonov. The winners will be announced at a pre-show schmooze where we can chat, discuss recipes and catch up before we join the cooking demonstration! Free event.
In Honour of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Z"L
December 8
8:30 pm
As we contemplate Rabbi Lord Sacks’ contributions, we will hear from several renowned individuals who have been personally inspired and impacted by the life and teachings of this incredible rabbi. Among the speakers are:
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, who will speak about interfaith relations 
Irwin Cotler, who will speak about leadership and religion in the public sphere 
Rabbi Reuven Bulka, who was a personal friend 
We will also present a video message from eminent scholar Dr. Erica Brown, who studied with Rabbi Sacks as well as a video tribute from Ottawa rabbis.

Digital Events Sponsor: GGFL 
Emerging Generation
EG Chanukah Dough Ball
December 15
8 pm
Young adults (event is aimed at ages 22-44) are invited to learn to make sufganiyot (doughnuts) and connect for a casual evening of fun. The event is free of charge, and pre-registration is required. We will share a list of ingredients so you can pour yourself a glass of wine, and follow along to make your own batch of sufganiyot!
Please register here by Monday, Dec. 14, at 1 pm.
Special thanks to our digital events sponsor GGFL.
Co-chairs: Myra Wein and Micah Sienna
Contact Sarah Beutel at 613-798-4696
PJ Library, Soloway JCC and Ganon Preschool
Celebrate Chanukah!
Chanukah Craft Kits keep your children busy with holiday recipes, crafts and activity ideas for all eight nights! Kits are $5, and available for purchase while supplies last. Kits may be picked up by pre-arranged appointment, or on December 6 from 11:30 - 12:30 pm outside the Soloway JCC. Sorry, kits for ages 0-3 are SOLD OUT. There are still some kits for ages 4-8 available.
December 13
11 am
Join PJ Library families, Soloway JCC and Ganon online for a Chanukah Story and Sing Along. (15 min. in length)
Details and Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Please register by December 11 at noon.
Visit here to purchase the Chanukah Craft Kit for ages 4-8, and/or to register for the Chanukah Story and Sing Along.
For more info, contact Anne Read at 613-798-4696 x355 or
Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation
Order your Chanukah Tribute Cards today!
Share a bit of light this Chanuka with those who can’t be with you in person. Let them know you care with a personalized Tribute card and take advantage of a Chanuka Miracle - order 7 cards and you get an 8th free! Order by December 11 to make sure they arrive by the end of the holiday.  Visit here
Contact Nathaniel at 613-798-4696 x274 or
Community Events in alphabetical order by organization name
Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Year in Review with The Herle Burly
December 7
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Join us on Zoom for a fun, engaging and special year-end CJPAC event featuring The Herle Burly podcast! David Herle, Jenni Byrne and Scott Reid are not to be missed, as they look back on Canadian politics in 2020 and beyond, and where they think we’re headed next year.
Contact Rachel Iskov at
Congregation Beit Tikvah
Explore Israel and the Holidays
December 3, January 24, February 21
All at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join Israeli tour guide Shuli Mishkin as she explores Israel from the comfort of your own home. 
$14 per tour - $36 for all three
December 3 - How the Hashmonaim changed the Jews
January 24 - Tu B'Shvat - Nature in the land of Israel
February 21 - Purim - A Visual Tour of Shiloh
Please register here:
Greenberg Families Library
Book Festival in Your Living Room Series
An evening with Ina Garten
December 2
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Join Ina Garten via Zoom as she dishes up some delicious conversation with comedian and author Michael Ian Black. The two will discuss Ina’s latest, "Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook," which features a collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favourite home cook!
Contact Carlie MacPherson at 613-798-9818 x245 or or visit
Sponsor: National JCC Literary Consortium
Soloway JCC
Get inspired for the holidays with the Chanukah Gift Guide! While the SJCC is not able to host an actual Chanukah Gift Fair this year, they still want to give our regular Chanukah Gift Fair vendors an opportunity to showcase their Chanukah gift ideas and give you a place to find everything you need to make this holiday special.
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December 10 for our December 15 issue.
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