The Ottawa Chevra Kadisha has announced that renovations have begun at the Jewish Community Chapel, the burial society’s facility at 1771 Cuba Avenue.
“We acquired the building in 1997,” said Henry Molot, Gabbai Rishon of the Ottawa Chevra Kadisha. “We are renewing the premises so we can continue to meet the standards and expectations of the Jewish community.”
The project will update the equipment and spaces downstairs. There are also plans to replace fixtures and refresh the décor of the chapel and entrance areas upstairs. Public washrooms and shomer facilities are to be remodelled.
The Chevra Kadisha will continue to function in its traditional capacity while renovations are being carried out, until about mid-March. However, during that time, the chapel will not be available for funeral services.
Congregation Machzikei Hadas has graciously offered its sanctuary for funeral services said Gabbai Issie Scarowsky.
“Families may also ask their rabbi about holding services in their own synagogues. The Chevra Kadisha will cover any associated costs incurred by
the shuls,” he added.
The Cwinn Chapel at the Jewish Memorial Gardens Osgoode cemetery remains an option, as usual, for funeral services.
The Ottawa Chevra Kadisha is a volunteer organization that has been providing traditional burial services to the Ottawa Jewish community since 1918. For information, contact Gabbai Issie Scarowsky at 613-729-4444.