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.

Blair to resign as Mideast peace envoy in June

(JTA) – Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, will step down next month as the special Middle East peace envoy of the Quartet group representing the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations. [Read more…]

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Record-breaking heat wave hits Israel

Jewish and Arab young men enjoy swimming in a mountain spring outside of Jerusalem, on a hot day, May 27, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Jewish and Arab young men enjoy swimming in a mountain spring outside of Jerusalem, on a hot day, May 27, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(JTA) – A record-breaking heat wave in Israel has sparked forest fires, caused flight delays and prompted a sharp increase in reported cases of dehydration and fainting. [Read more…]

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Op-Ed: From ‘Bring Back Our Boys’ to ‘Unity Day’

Israelis lit candles in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on July 6, 2014 to mourn the death of three teenagers who were abducted and murdered in the West Bank. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Israelis lit candles in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on July 6, 2014 to mourn the death of three teenagers who were abducted and murdered in the West Bank. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

By Iris and Ori Ifrach, Rachelli and Avi Fraenkel, and Bat-Galim and Ofer Shaer

(JTA) – One year ago, our families were thrust into a nightmare beyond anything we could have ever imagined.

Our sons, Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel, had been kidnapped while making their way home from school. For 18 (chai) days, we hovered somewhere between despair and hope while we prayed for their safe return home. [Read more…]

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