Are you interested in making a difference in the Ottawa Jewish community?


Whether you’re looking for a short or long term commitment, there are opportunities for you. Have a particular skill? Let us know! We’ll find a role that is rewarding and enjoyable for you.


The Ottawa Jewish Volunteer Center provides an entry point into the volunteer opportunities and resources in the community. From being a buddy to one of our community members with developmental disabilities, to donating several hours of your time to help an agency’s board redesign their marketing strategy, let us match you to a meaningful opportunity that best suits your needs and interests. Our community would not be the same without the tremendous support of our volunteers.

Not sure where to get started?

Professional Skills Donation Program

Federation Volunteer Opportunities (at right)


Click here to register your Volunteer Profile.

How Volunteer Matching Works:

Fill out a Volunteer Profile to outline your specific volunteer interests, skills and availability, and someone will contact and meet with you to find the perfect fit. Not happy with your placement? We will give you multiple opportunities until you find the most meaningful match.

Volunteering and Jewish Values: Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is an essential Jewish value. Rabbi Shimon says that there are 3 pillars that the world rests upon: Torah, Avodah (service), and Gemilut Chasidim (acts of kindness) Pirkei Avot 1:2.

Be part of the core Jewish responsibility to perform acts of “Tikkun Olam” to contribute to repairing the world, and supporting our community with action.


More events and opportunities (to be determined)



Federation Volunteer Opportunities

Federation Committees
The Federation is always seeking volunteers who would like to contribute to the Jewish community through active committee membership for a term of two years. The call is open to any interested individual. Visit our committees page for an overview, then connect with Sarah Beutel at sbeutel@jewishottawa.com or 613-798-4696 ext.253 for next steps.


Federation Community events
The Federation unites people of all ages to perform mitzvots (good deeds) on Mitzvah Day, which simply could not happen without our dedicated volunteers. To get involved, contact Rena Garshowitz at rgarshowitz@jewishottawa.com or 613-798-4698 ext.355.

Campaign events
As part of the Federation’s Annual Campaign and Super Sunday, we require canvassers and telephone volunteers. For information, contact Rena Garshowitz at rgarshowitz@jewishottawa.com or 613-798-4696 ext.355.

Jewish Federation of Ottawa Archives

Contact Saara Mortensen at smortensen@jewishottawa.com or 613-798-4696 ext.260