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.

End of an era as 153 Chapel Street comes down; Beth Shalom to find temporary home at SJCC in April

Demolition begins at 153 Chapel Street, the site of the former JCC. Congregation Beth Shalom will continue to hold services at 151 Chapel Street until the end of March before temporarily moving to the Jewish Community Campus.

Demolition begins at 153 Chapel Street, the site of the former JCC. Congregation Beth Shalom will continue to hold services at 151 Chapel Street until the end of March before temporarily moving to the Jewish Community Campus.

By Anita Almstedt
Congregation Beth Shalom

The redevelopment of the property at 151-153 Chapel Street – the site of Congregation Beth Shalom’s synagogue building and the former Jewish Community Centre (JCC) – began October 29 when Trinity Properties Investments Inc. and Forgestone Capital Management GP Inc., which bought the property last year, began to demolish the former JCC building at 153 Chapel. [Read more…]

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JFS outreach worker was friend and advocate for street people

Jewish Family Services StreetSmarts outreach worker Pete Cassidy is remembered for the compassion he provided to the homeless and street-involved people in Ottawa.

Jewish Family Services StreetSmarts outreach worker Pete Cassidy is remembered for the compassion he provided to the homeless and street-involved people in Ottawa.

By Andrea Gardner
Jewish Family Services of Ottawa

Jewish Family Services of Ottawa (JFS) lost a friend, a colleague and an advocate for street-involved people in our Jewish community and the broader Ottawa community when Pete Cassidy passed away, November 8, from natural causes at age 54. [Read more…]

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Farber: ‘Never again’ has become ‘again and again’

Keynote speaker Bernie Farber (second from right) at the launch of Holocaust Education Month with (from left) Jewish Federation of Ottawa President and CEO Andrea Freedman, Israeli Ambassador Rafael Barak, Shoah Committee Chair Mina Cohn, and event MC Laurence Wall. (Photo: Francie Greenspoon)

Keynote speaker Bernie Farber (second from right) at the launch of Holocaust Education Month with (from left) Jewish Federation of Ottawa President and CEO Andrea Freedman, Israeli Ambassador Rafael Barak, Shoah Committee Chair Mina Cohn, and event MC Laurence Wall. (Photo: Francie Greenspoon)

Holocaust Education Month launch event keynote speaker Bernie Farber describes Canada’s treatment of First Nations peoples as “genocide” and asks, “Is our conscience clear?” Louise Rachlis reports.

“Tonight my own thoughts are laced with tears, confusion and questions about human kind,” said Bernie Farber as he spoke about Kristallnacht and the Holocaust. “There have been things in Jewish history too horrible to be believed, but not too horrible to have happened.” [Read more…]

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