Volunteer Spotlight


Our Jewish community's strength comes from the collective dedication of those willing to give back by offering their valuable time, skills and their very own two hands to get things done.


The volunteer spotlight is one way that we can say thank you, celebrate your kindness as well as inspire others. If you’d like to recommend someone who is doing amazing things for the community, contact Anne at aread@jewishottawa.com or call, 613-798-4696 ext. 355


  • Sabina Wasserlauf

    Sabina Wasserlauf has donated much of her time to a wide range of community services from coordinating holiday celebrations to serving on the Executive Board of Beth Shalom, Co-Chair of YRHS, working on the amalgamation of Hillel and YRHS, Board Co-Chair of OJCS, to being the current Chair of the Board for the SJCC.

  • Isabelle Benhamou

    Isabelle Benhamou moved to Ottawa from Montreal in November 1994. Her husband was offered a position with Nortel and they had a plan - move to Ottawa for a year, make a million dollars and go back to Montreal. Needless to say, that never happened.

  • Jenny Roberge

    A world traveler, cartographer, scuba diver, mashgicha, and among many other things, Jenny was also the first Jewish woman to work in Punjab. Making Ottawa her home since 2008, she has been an active member of the Jewish community from countless volunteering projects to being the founder of LIMMUD Ottawa.

  • John Jackson

    John Jackson and his family have been living in Ottawa since 1974. Born and raised in Montreal, he was always active in the community, volunteering at Ottawa Modern Jewish School (OMJS), Jewish Family Services (JFS) and more.

  • Charles Schachnow

    Charles Schachnow's involvement started at a very young age as a volunteer at synagogue events. He eventually went on to volunteer for various community organizations including Tamir and the Chevra Kadisha.

  • Brenna Rivier

    Brenna Rivier was born and raised in Ottawa. She can be spotted adding a dose of positivity to any endeavor she takes on. Her passion for helping people communicate and connect with their Jewish heritage has led her to the boards of JFS, OMJS and more.

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Landau

    Michael Landau was born and raised in Ottawa. After living in Toronto for nine years, he decided to come home to Ottawa to settle down. A seasoned fundraiser, Michael dedicates most of his efforts to raising money to help the community as a whole. Michael has extensive history Chairing major community fundraisers such as Golf Tournaments and the community Walk-a-Thon.

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Byron Pascoe

    Byron Pascoe was born in Ottawa. He moved to Waterloo for his undergraduate degree in business and later to Windsor for law school, but always returned to Ottawa. Byron currently lives in Stittsville with his wife Elissa, and children, Jake and Eden, and practices law at an entertainment law firm in Westboro.