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.

UN inquiry finds Israel fired on its schools, Hamas hid weapons in its buildings

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel fired on seven United Nations (UN) schools and Hamas hid weapons in at least three empty UN buildings during Israel’s operation in Gaza in 2014, according to an inquiry. [Read more…]

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Why the Boston Marathon’s last-place runner earned his medal

Maickel Melamed (in ski mask and rain poncho) running in the Boston Marathon. (Maickel Melamed Facebook page)

Maickel Melamed (in ski mask and rain poncho) running in the Boston Marathon. (Maickel Melamed Facebook page)

Maickel Melamed, in wheelchair and flanked by his supporters, receives a medal from Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, April 21, 2015. (City of Boston, Mayor's Office).

Maickel Melamed, in wheelchair and flanked by his supporters, receives a medal from Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, April 21, 2015. (City of Boston, Mayor’s Office).

BOSTON (JTA) – Twenty hours after the start of last Monday’s Boston Marathon, Venezuelan long-distance runner Maickel Melamed crossed the finish line, prompting an impromptu City Hall ceremony in his honour later that morning. [Read more…]

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Why last week’s Women of the Wall drama was a big deal – and why it wasn’t

Women of the "Women of the Wall" organization dance with the Torah scroll as they attend their monthly prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, April 20, 2015. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Women of the “Women of the Wall” organization dance with the Torah scroll as they attend their monthly prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, April 20, 2015. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

TEL AVIV (JTA) – A man was trampled. A raucous protest broke out, restrained only by police. The Western Wall’s mechitzah – a partition between men and women considered sacrosanct – was breached by those who ostensibly care about it most. [Read more…]

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Why Israeli couples have surrogate pregnancies in Nepal

The parent of a baby born to a surrogate mother in Nepal holding the child at the Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv upon returning to Israel on a Magen David Adom aircraft from the south Asian country following its devastating earthquake, April 27, 2015. Israel began evacuating the infants on the return flights of aircrafts sent to provide quake relief. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The parent of a baby born to a surrogate mother in Nepal holding the child at the Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv upon returning to Israel on a Magen David Adom aircraft from the south Asian country following its devastating earthquake, April 27, 2015. Israel began evacuating the infants on the return flights of aircrafts sent to provide quake relief. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

TEL AVIV (JTA) – While Israel mobilizes to aid victims of Nepal’s earthquake and locate missing citizens, the Jewish state is paying special attention to the safety of 26 Israeli babies born of surrogate mothers in Nepal. [Read more…]

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Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on GLBT inclusion

(From left) Mordechai Levovitz, the executive director of JQY; Naomi Mark, Community Psychotherapist; Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, chair of the Department of Talmud at SAR High School; Lynn Levy, Yeshiva University Professor; Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, former president of the RCA. (Courtesy of JQY)

(From left) Mordechai Levovitz, the executive director of JQY; Naomi Mark, Community Psychotherapist; Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, chair of the Department of Talmud at SAR High School; Lynn Levy, Yeshiva University Professor; Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, former president of the RCA. (Courtesy of JQY)

JQY Executive Director Mordechai Levovitz, center, in white shirt holding sign, co-ordinated the conference at Columbia University. (Courtesy of JQY)

JQY Executive Director Mordechai Levovitz, center, in white shirt holding sign, co-ordinated the conference at Columbia University. (Courtesy of JQY)

NEW YORK (JTA) – A group of modern Orthodox rabbis have done what advocates for Orthodox gays and lesbians say would have been unthinkable as recently as five years ago: They spoke at a conference on the treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender people in Orthodox communities. [Read more…]

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