The Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations.
Shoah (Holocaust) Committee of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa
The Shoah Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to preserving the memories and legacies of the past to educate future generations about one of the worst genocides in modern history.
The mission of the Shoah (Holocaust) Committee of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa is to teach the lessons and legacy of the Holocaust and to promote tolerance, compassion, courage and wisdom in human relations. The committee plans and organizes special initiatives that teach the lessons of the Holocaust.
For more information about the committee, please contact Anne Read at 613-798-4696 x 355.
Programs of the Shoah Committee
Holocaust Education Month: November programming that includes lectures, films, workshops, panel discussions, exhibits etc., focused on educating the Jewish and broader community about the Holocaust. A list of community events will be available on our website.
Yom HaShoah: Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is designated by the State of Israel on the Hebrew date of 27 Nisan. Ottawa’s annual commemoration remembers (zachor) those who died and those who survived the Holocaust.
The Shoah Committee has organized numerous important events highlighting critical moments in history as well as important witnesses and heroes, from Jan Karski to Raoul Wallenberg. As such we have developed a rich library of resources.
These resources are currently being transferred to the Ottawa Jewish Archives to ensure they will be accessible and preserved for future generations. We ask for your patience while this process is being undertaken.
Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants
The Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants (CJHSD) has launched a membership drive, and wishes to invite survivors and their descendants (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren) to join the organization. Founded in 1999, it is a grass-roots, independent organization with affiliation with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). CJHSD has four objectives:
• To represent and speak on behalf of Jewish Holocaust survivors with a unified voice;
• To increase public awareness about issues that concern survivors;
• To involve children of survivors in issues of importance to the CJHSD;
• To engage in activities concerning the interest and welfare of Canadian Jewish Holocaust survivors.
In addition to the above, CJHSD represents Canadian survivors at the Jewish Material Claims Conference.
Membership in CJHSD is free, please visit to sign-up. For further information about CJHSD, please contact Cindy Osheroff at email@example.com or 416-638-1991, ext. 5126.
The March of the Living
On Yom Hashoah students participate in a three-kilometre march from Auschwitz to Birkenau as a silent tribute to victims of the Shoah. Read more.