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.

Netanyahu slams Abbas over deadly rail attack in Jerusalem

The car that crashed into a Jerusalem train station, killing an infant and injuring eight, in what is being probed as a terrorist attack. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The car that crashed into a Jerusalem train station, killing an infant and injuring eight, in what is being probed as a terrorist attack. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the light rail attack in Jerusalem that killed a 3-month-old girl. [Read more...]

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Shooting incidents in Ottawa

Andrea Freedman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, released the following statement:

Today is a horrifying and tragic day for our city.  As are all Ottawans and Canadians, we are shocked, saddened and outraged by the shooting incidents downtown in our nation’s capital. We mourn the loss of a Canadian soldier and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this very difficult time, as well as with the Ottawa police and all first responders who are going to extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of all citizens. [Read more...]

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Converts say Rabbi Freundel’s abuse of power extended beyond mikvah peeping

Rabbi Barry Freundel of Kesher Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. has been charged with voyeurism after allegedly installing a hidden camera in the shower room of the synagogue's mikvah. (Photo courtesy of Towson University)

Rabbi Barry Freundel of Kesher Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. has been charged with voyeurism after allegedly installing a hidden camera in the shower room of the synagogue’s mikvah. (Photo courtesy of Towson University)

NEW YORK (JTA) – When Rabbi Barry Freundel asked Bethany Mandel to take a “really long shower” before a “practice dunk” in the mikvah prior to her formal conversion to Judaism, the whole request seemed a bit odd, she says. [Read more...]

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Israeli Chief Rabbinate: Rabbi Freundel’s conversions are valid

(JTA) – The Israeli Chief Rabbinate said it will recognize all past conversions performed by Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington, D.C. rabbi charged with voyeurism.

On Tuesday, the Rabbinate clarified that it was joining the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America in affirming the validity of the conversions.
“The Chief Rabbinate of Israel clarifies that the Rabbi Freundel affair has no effect on the policy of recognizing conversions performed by him in the past,” Rabbinate spokesman Ziv Maor wrote to JTA in a text message.

Maor also wrote that until further notice, the Rabbinate will not recognize future conversions performed by Rabbi Freundel.

“I’m pleased to see that the Rabbinate clarified the matter and acted relatively quickly in order to alleviate any further suffering on the part of Rabbi Freundel’s victims,” said Rabbi Seth Farber, director of the ITIM Jewish Life Advocacy Center, which pushed the Rabbinate to recognize the conversions.

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