As chair of the Partnership 2Gether (P2G) Committee, I have had the pleasure and honour to see many important initiatives come to fruition and have seen ﬁrst-hand the progress that is being made in several of our Canadian-funded projects located in northern Israel in the Etzbah Hagalil. [Read more…]
Shalom. Although I will be back in Ottawa by the time you read this edition of the Bulletin, I am writing from the holy city of Jerusalem where I am accompanying 25 members of Ottawa’s Jewish community on an 11-day journey that began the week before Chanukah.
TORONTO – Harper made the announcement of the visit, set for early next year, on Sunday night at the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s Toronto Negev Dinner, where he was honoured. He also will visit Jordan and the West Bank. [Read more…]
Negotiations for a possible merger of Agudath Israel Congregation and Congregation Beth Shalom, Ottawa’s two largest Conservative congregations, have ended without an agreement to move forward. [Read more…]
Judith Weiszmann, who survived the Holocaust due to the extraordinary humanitarian efforts of Raoul Wallenberg, addressed students, October 4, at Merivale High School. [Read more…]
Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on,” and that’s exactly what was happening as Noah Reichstein and Abbie Mandelker joined forces for Tamir at the Chanukah Gift Fair, November 17, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.
Congregations face varied problems from declining membership to building and staffing issues, while several alternative models are succeeding
With numbers continuing to dwindle at many major Ottawa synagogues, congregations are being challenged like never before to find new models to sustain themselves. [Read more…]
In her Emerging Gen column, Ilana Belfer explains why the Bulletin’s new web edition is crucial to her generation.
Recently, much of the conversation in North American Jewish circles has been dominated by the Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews released at the beginning of October. [Read more…]
Every day, as I walk into the office, I smile and think to myself that today will be a good day for the Jews. At the end of each day – after all the phone calls, meetings, emails and more meetings – I reflect that, indeed, it was a good day for the Jews.
As publisher of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, I read each edition of the newspaper before it goes to print. Two things struck me as I absorbed this first issue published in our new format.
First, what a difference the design’s crisp and clear layout makes! Second, how much Jewish angst exists as we ponder existential questions about our shuls, schools, the PEW report, etc. [Read more…]