They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. This can certainly be said about the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2017. Despite changes in design, focus, content, personnel, length, and frequency of publication, for eight decades the newspaper has been the unwavering voice of Ottawa’s Jewish community.
The first edition, published on October 22, 1937 by the Ottawa Jewish Community Council, proclaimed the newspaper to be “a force for constructive communal consciousness.” This goal continues to be the Bulletin’s philosophy and motivation. Indeed, that statement still appears in the masthead of every issue, along with its mission to communicate “the messages of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and its agencies” and its aim “as the city’s only Jewish newspaper” to “inform, inspire and enrich the lives of all members of this diverse community.”
For 80 years, the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin has recorded the events and opinions of the time. In doing so, it has preserved the history of the growing and ever-changing Jewish community, documenting the lifestyles, priorities and concerns of generations of Ottawa Jews – and it has continued to be the “official” organ of Ottawa’s Jewish community. [Read more…]