Established in 1937 as “a force for constructive communal consciousness,” the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin communicates the messages of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and its agencies, and, as the city’s only Jewish newspaper, aims to inform, inspire and enrich the lives of all members of this diverse community.

Canadian rabbi challenges Israel’s Chief Rabbinate over ‘blacklist’

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A prominent Canadian rabbi told the director-general of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate that his inclusion on a so-called blacklist of rabbis from the Diaspora has “eroded” his community’s trust in him.

Rabbi Adam Scheier of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal travelled to Israel for one day to take part in a Knesset committee meeting on Monday to discuss the delay of the publication by the Chief Rabbinate of the criteria for recognizing Diaspora rabbis. [Read more…]


Canadian JCC gets anti-Semitic hate mail

(JTA) – A Jewish community centre in Windsor, Ontario, received anti-Semitic hate mail that was similar to that sent to several Canadian synagogues two months ago.

The flier, which calls to “Expel the Jews to the lake of fire!!!” and declares this is “Expulsion History Month,” was delivered to the centre by regular mail on Friday. [Read more…]


Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz made anti-Semitic, racists comments in private chat group

Nikolas Cruz after being arrested in Parkland, Florida, February 14, 2018. (Broward’s Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)

Nikolas Cruz after being arrested in Parkland, Florida, February 14, 2018. (Broward’s Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)

(JTA) – Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz made anti-Semitic and other racist comments in a private Instagram group chat.

He wrote in the group chat that he joined in August 2017 specifically that he hated: “jews, ni**ers, immigrants,” and showed that he had an obsession with violence and guns, CNN  reported on Saturday. [Read more…]


Florida synagogue holds healing service after mass school shooting; Jews among 17 dead

(JTA) – The Jewish community in Parkland, Florida, held a healing service after a mass shooting at a high school attended by many of the teenagers in the community.

Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Kol Tikvah, a Reform congregation in the town inland from Boca Raton, said he knew of at least four Jewish high-school students among the wounded, including three from his congregation. They were in area hospitals and had undergone surgery.

Local 10 News, an ABC affiliate, named one of the dead students as Jaime Guttenberg, who was Jewish. [Read more…]