Hi Jewish Ottawa!
I’m Jordan Waldman, the new Director of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Emerging Generation division, taking over from Ariel Aronson.
I am really new to the city.
I was born and raised in Calgary, and while I studied in Toronto (I went to York University, getting a BA in Political Science & Communications and a Masters in Communications & Culture), this part of the country is still new to me. I haven’t even decided the best area of the city to live in (suggestions and recommendations are welcome!)
I have several years’ experience in the Jewish professional world; I managed Hillel Calgary and was the Young Adults Director with the Calgary Jewish Federation, responsible for the Hillel, Birthright and Young Leadership portfolios, but I know to be successful here I will need your help getting connected.
So more about me: I attended Jewish day school, overnight summer camp and took an active role in local youth groups. Outside of work, I like to stay active – I play soccer, golf and snowboard, (best ski hill suggestions?) and occasionally try to keep up at the rink. I also like to travel (highlight destinations have been Morocco, Israel and China) and to spend time with friends and family.
As a Comms major, I am a social media fan and welcome you adding me on Facebook and Instagram.
I am excited to work with the EG and PJ Library families, and to contribute to Jewish Ottawa.  
Please reach out! I look forward to getting to know you all and to being part of the community.
Director Emerging Generation
613-798-4609, ext. 240

Emerging Generation

The Emerging Gen is a special division of the Federation aimed at young adults under 40.


We develop exciting and innovative programs that allow young people to meet and mingle and develop their professional contacts. There are social events, workshops to hone skills and to network, mentorships, grant programs, Social Action Missions to Israel, and much more.


To find out how you can get involved and make a difference in your community, email Jordan Waldman or call 613-798-4696, Ext. 240.

Emerging Generation Fundraising Division
For just 50 cents a day, you can help support exciting and innovative young adult programs such as the Social Action Mission to Israel, jnet, Young Women’s Leadership Council, Birthright, and campus life through Hillel Ottawa. Make a difference in our community.  DONATE    

Emerging Gen grants are available!
 Do you have an innovative idea involving Jewish content? If so, you may be a suitable candidate for one of our grants! The Federation EG Grants Selection Committee accept grant applications for up to $2,000 and rank those applications based on the following six categories, in order of priority:

•    Jewish Content    
•    Impact Size
•    Action Plan / Marketing / Execution    
•    Uniqueness
•    Budget    
•    How integral the grant is to the idea
For more information, examples of past successful projects and for how to apply, visit here.

Social Action Mission – Israel    
Next dates to be determined.

Have fun and give back! Grad students and young professionals between the ages of 22 and 35 embark on a social action project in Northern Israel.  more   

Taglit Birthright Israel 
This program provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. It sends thousands of young Jews from around the world to Israel. more

Hillel Ottawa is the centre for Jewish Campus Life for Jewish students attending Carleton University, the University ofHillel Ottawa Ottawa and Algonquin College. Its mission is to enhance the lives of students regardless of religious affiliation and level of observance. Info: Dovi at director@hillelottawa.com or visit.

The Rohr Chabad Student Network (CSN) is dedicated to providing university students with a strong connection to Judaism. Programs include Lunch and Learn, Shabbat dinners, Sinai Scholars, trips, student aid, community service, holiday meals and programs. CSN serves the needs of Jewish students at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Algonquin College.

The highlight of the Glebe Shul experience is Friday night, when we gather for spirited services and delicious home-cooked Shabbat dinners. We generally meet every other week. RSVP: glebeshul@gmail.com or visit us at glebeshul.com


The Ben Gurion Society (BGS) is a donor recognition program for individuals’ ages 25 to 45 who make a minimum gift of $1000 to the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Annual Campaign. BGS was founded upon three principles: Recognition, Education and Motivation. For more information, please email Ariel Fainer or call (613) 798-4696 ext. 240.