Develop your professional skills
and impact your community!

J- Fellows is a new Federation initiative meant to inspire the next generation of community volunteers and leaders. The initiative will enable participants to better understand the Jewish community and help identify their community passions, as well as provide opportunities to develop leadership skills.
J-Fellows will engage young professionals over a period of six months, enhancing their knowledge of Ottawa’s Jewish agencies and organizations, helping to identify volunteer and leadership opportunities and new ways to become more involved through six interactive sessions that: 
  • Offer a high quality program to hone skills required for leadership and success.
  • Connect participants to volunteers and professionals in leadership roles who share their passion for our Jewish community. 
  • Match participants’ skills and interests with volunteer and leadership opportunities in the community; help organizations meet their goals and objectives - be a part of strengthening the community! 

COST: J-Fellows is free of charge for participants. Registration is required.


Participants are asked to attend a minimum of four out of six sessions, which take place over a six-month period. 


REACH OUT: For more information contact our Community Engagement Specialist Lindsay Gottheil at or call 613-798-4696 ext. 355.




J-Fellows sessions


The six sessions are currently as follows, but please note they are subject to change based on the needs of the participants:

1. Intro to the Ottawa Jewish Community 

Begin to explore the breadth and scope of Jewish Ottawa; from local Jewish organizations that help vulnerable people, to those that work to strengthening Jewish identity and educate Jewishly.
2. What is your Leadership Style? – Leadership Skills Part I
Examine various styles of leadership and discuss tools for how effective leaders are able to use them to motivate people, meet their goals and achieve success. 

3. The Fundamentals of Leadership – Leadership Skills Part II

This session will provide tools to increase committee productivity and resolve conflicts that frequently arise, with a focus on effective problem solving and conflict management. 

4. Effective Chairmanship – Organizational Governance

This session will examine the different types of organizations and their boards. It will lay out the fundamentals of effective chairmanship.  

5. The Art of Balance – It’s ok to say “no” 
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. This session will open a conversation about how to find balance when there are so many demands on our time.  
6. Wrap up – Social Event
Celebrate the completion of an important step along your leadership path: having met new people, made new connections and learned new and practical tools for leading and for everyday-life, take the time to enjoy being part of the Jewish community!