Ottawa’s growing Jewish community of 15,000 strong is more 100 years old and enjoys a rich heritage.
At its heart is the Jewish Community Campus, which is located in the west end at Broadview and Kerr Avenues. The campus is home to the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, the InfoCentre, Ottawa Jewish Archives, The Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge, a long-term senior's care facility, the Ottawa Jewish Community School, Tamir, the beneficiary agency assisting people with developmental disabilities, as well as offices for the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin newspaper, Jewish National Fund, Na’amat Ottawa and State of Israel Bonds.
See a full list of community organizations here.
New to Ottawa? Have a question about our community? The Jewish Ottawa InfoCentre is a perfect place to learn about Jewish life in Ottawa. Find out how to get involved and connected with the community. Cal1 613-798-4696 x 355 or email Elana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Education in Ottawa
The community is home to three preschools, three day schools, two orthodox high schools (one for boys and the other for girls), one traditional co-ed high school, six supplemental schools offering after school and Sunday programming plus several Bar/Bat Mitzvah program options. more
Emerging Generation (EG)
Young Jewish adults, between the ages of 18 to 45, are a growing and dynamic group emerging within the community. There are many programs and initiatives, from traditional Shabbat dinners to speed dating, that all provide great networking opportunities. more
Hillel Ottawa is the centre for Jewish Campus Life for Jewish students from Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. Hillel provides various social, cultural and religious experiences, and prepares students for leadership on our campuses and beyond.
Ottawa has numerous synagogues for every level of observance, including: Orthodox, Conservative, reform, Chabad and Reconstructionist. Memberships include weekly and High Holiday services, plus a wide variety of educational programs and social opportunities. see list
Ottawa Vaad Hakashrut (OVH)
The OVH under the direction of Rabbi Levy Teitlbaum, continues to expand the kosher services available to the community. The team of mashgichim work hard to ensure a high standard of excellence is maintained and internationally recognized by other kashrut agencies. More on kashering.
Ottawa Jewish Archives
The Archives is dedicated to gathering, recording and preserving the collective memory of the Jewish community in Ottawa and making the historical records accessible to all persons for their use, well-being and enjoyment.
PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America. We mail free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to subscribers on a monthly basis. We also organize programs and events aimed at encouraging children’s literacy and Jewish community involvement. more