To mark Canada’s 150th, The Ottawa Jewish Bulletin is running series of essays celebrating the contributions to our country of historically significant Jews.






Ezekiel Hart, 1767-1843, was the first Jew elected to public office in Canada. more






Samuel Bronfman, 1889-1971, founded a dynasty of business and Jewish communal leaders






Herb Grey, 1931-2014, Canada's first Jewish federal cabinet minister










Constance Glube 1931 - 2016, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia was first female justice in Canada more







Albert Mendelsohn, 1917 - 1995, first Jewish general in the Canadian Army more







Lawrence "Lorry" Greenberg, 1933 - 1999, Ottawa's first Jewish mayor








Bora Laskin, 1912 - 1984, Canada's first Jewish chief justice







Cecil Hart, 1883 - 1940, Jewish Coach of the Montreal Canadians








David Lewis, 1909 - 1981, Only Jewish leader of a federal political party


Face to Face - Vis á Vis

To mark Canada's 150th anniversary, a photography exhibition is being presented by the Ottawa Jewish Archives. 

The exhibition, Face to Face - Vis á Vis, will highlight the contributions made by notable Jewish Ottawans to Canada's public service and political landscape. Whether they were born in Ottawa or came to the city later in life, these individuals led storied lives and are part of the fabric of our community and our country.  
The Ottawa Jewish Bulletin also celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017. To celebrate this milestone, the Bulletin has been digitized and online access to the digital collection will be integrated into the gallery. The portraits presented in the exhibit are part of the Bulletin print collection, effectively placing these individuals within the context of a story and the collective memory of Ottawa's Jewish community. An accompanying exhibition catalog will provide biographical notes about these figures, their lives, and contributions.


The exhibit is set to open Sept. 6 2017 at 7 pm at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private.


List of figures:
Gerald Berger
Maxwell Cohen
Charles Dalfen
Lillian Freiman
Sylva Gelber
Sam Gitterman
Constance Glube
David Golden Hyman C. Goldenberg
Herb Gray
Lawrence Greenberg
Kalmen Kaplansky
​Leon Katz
Bora Laskin
Gil Levine
David Lewis
Abraham Lieff 
Bert Migicovsky
Geraldine Migicovsky
Bernard Ostry
Freda L. Paltiel
Louis Rasminsky
Simon Reisman
Max Wershof

Please note criteria for selection:
(1) Individuals are now deceased (as of April 2017).
(2) Individual lived / had career in Ottawa for a reasonable period of time, preferably with definite community affiliations. 
(3) Contributions were distinctive.
(4) Contributions were made in the areas of politics and public service.
(5) Individuals have existing subject files or fonds (collections) within the holdings of The Ottawa Jewish Archives.

A Federation Committee had final say in the creation of the list not The Ottawa Jewish Archvies.

The list is final.

Canada 150 - our country`s official website of events and information here

Ottawa 2017 - be a tourist in our own city here





Tuesday, April 4 - December 12
Daily, 10 am - 6 pm 

Canadian Jewish Experience (CJE) is pleased to announce the public opening of its nine-panel bilingual exhibit covering these major themes: war and peace, public service, human rights, economic growth, the arts, culture and sport. The CJE will also include lectures on related topics and a dedicated website.

The CJE invites you to visit the site, and welcomes volunteers who are willing to meet with visitors. This is an opportunity for you to meet with Canadians from across the country that will be in Ottawa to celebrate Canada's milestone. Please contact for further information or if you would like to volunteer for a few hours.
30 Metcalfe St.