February Events in our Community

Temple Israel
Shabbat Services and Bring-Your-Own -Dinner
February 14, 6:15 - 8:15 pm

This month we welcome Tamir to our services and dinner. Join us all in honour of JDAIM.
Contact Heather Cohen at 613-224-1802 x4 or execdir@templeisraelottawa.com
1301 Prince of Wales Dr.

Limping Toward the Promised Land: How the Bible Pioneers Inclusion 
February 20, 7 - 8:30 pm

Tamir and its partners invite you to a community-wide lecture. Dr. Ora Horn Prouser will be joining us in honour of JDAIM. Dr. Horn Prouser is the CEO and Academic Dean at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial and graduate school in Yonkers, New York and author of Esau’s Blessing: How the Bible Embraces Those With Special Needs. Cost $18
Get tickets here
Sponsors: Tamir, Jewish Federation of Ottawa Microgrants, JOIN, A Ripple Effect, KBI, JFS, Soloway JCC

Jodi Green at 613-725-3519 x115 or jodigreen@tamir.ca
Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.

Esau’s Blessing: the Bible’s Embrace of Those with Special Needs
February 21, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, Tamir and KBI for a Shabbat dinner in recognition of JDAIM. Building on her Thursday night lecture, Dr Horn Prouser explores how our founding families supported each other to success even when challenges were evident.
Attendance at Thursday night is not required. All are welcome
5:15 pm services (optional), 6:30 pm dinner
$30 adults, $18 children
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Catered by A Dashing Pinch
Contact Jodi Green 613-725-3519 x115 or jodigreen@tamir.ca
Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey Ave.

JOIN Youth Leadership Award Challenge

Kids and teens grades K-12, submit your idea on how to improve inclusion of people of all abilities in the Ottawa Jewish Community. Your idea can take place in any Jewish public space. Ideas that are low cost will be favoured- think attitude over expensive renovations. Ideas will be showcased to our community and there are fabulous prizes for the top three submissions!


Work individually or as a team in the format of your choice (written, poster, video, etc.). Can be a one time or repeated concept. Adult support is permitted for writing, scribing, formatting, or submitting.


Entries will be accepted during the month of February and winners announced March 16, 2020. Winners will be selected by a special guest panel of community leaders. Please direct submissions or inquiries to Dr. Madelaine Werier at maddy128@hotmail.com.

VOICES – What does inclusion and acceptance mean to you?

“Genesis teaches us to meet people ‘where they are.’ We as a Jewish community must do the same, meeting everyone where they are and meeting their needs to the best of our ability.  To my mind, the best part of including people with special needs within our communities is that it not only enriches their lives, but all our communities’ lives as well.”

Rabbi Eytan Kenter
Kehillat Beth Israel  

“Ensuring that people of all abilities are included in our community is both our moral obligation and also our shared benefit. We shine brightest together. By modelling inclusion to our children, we are helping the next generation be stronger, kinder, and more capable.”

Dr. Madelaine Werier
Co-Founder of JOIN - Jewish Ottawa Inclusion Network

“The SJCC is welcoming and inclusive. Our accessible fitness centre allows us to work with people of all abilities. I have the honour of working with people from the community representing all levels of ability and it is inspiring. It has been a privilege working with Jeremy, as he works towards completing his personal training certification. I am grateful to call him my trainer and my friend.”


Ryan Armitage
Soloway JCC Fitness Centre Manager

“We are a community not in spite of our differences. We are a community because of our differences. Each of us has unique strengths and needs. When we include everyone, we share the strengths and address the needs. It makes us all better – now and for the future. Inclusion breeds human excellence.”

Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka,
CM, Rabbi Emeritus Machzikei Hadas

"Every human being deserves to feel included. After creating Adam, G-d said ‘it is not good for one to be alone.’ The feeling to belong is an innate craving that everyone has. To feel alone can be terrifying. When we open up our hearts and create space for others of all exceptionalities, we can make a huge difference."

Rabbi Chaim and Bassy Mendelsohn,
A Ripple Effect and Chabad of Centrepointe 

“At Ganon Preschool and JCC summer camp believe that every child regardless of age, religion or abilities has the right to have the same experiences as any other child.  We embody the values and practices that support every child in their sense of belonging, feeling accepted and included, and their well-being.  Children learn from all their peers and every child should have the chance to learn acceptance, empathy and how to be supportive at a young age.  Including people of all abilities in our program allows this to happen and makes our world a much happier place to be.”

Angela Lowe and Reesa Shinder
Ganon Preschool

“Two of our guiding North Stars at the OJCS are, ‘We work better together’ and ‘each is responsible for the other.’ These emulate the view I have on inclusion within our school and within our Jewish community. We have a diverse population of learners, each of whom bring their own special skills, talents, and unique perspectives to the school. We are so proud of all of our students and the compassion, commitment and sense of community they provide to one another, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Sharon Reichstein
Director of Special Education Ottawa Jewish Community School
BA, BEd, Special Education, DSW

“Tamir plays a vital role ensuring adults with developmental disabilities can live a meaningful life as part of the community. My brother Jordan has been supported by Tamir since 2008. He loves to laugh, listen to music, swim at the SJCC, and attend community activities and Jewish events like the Tamir Sukkah Party. Our family knows that Jordan is living a fulfilled life surrounded by friends, community, and the ability to maintain Jewish traditions.”

Josh Finn
Tamir Board and family member