Glebe Shul is ‘walking to Israel’

By Natasha Goodman for the Glebe Shul

The Glebe Shul has been taking on Olami’s Walk to Israel challenge to raise funds for our Jewish future. 

Each member of the team is walking or running to Israel in spirit, having promised to put in the miles together before Rosh Hashanah.

Walk to Israel is a pedometer fundraising challenge. At a time when we can’t fly to Israel, teams around the world are challenging themselves to collectively travel the distance to Israel, on foot!

Now team members from the Glebe Shul have been having fun and getting fit to travel the distance from Canada to Israel. We will be walking together, for our future, to our home. 

The Glebe Shul – JET Ottawa’s program for Jewish young professionals – has taken on the Walk to Israel challenge to have fun, get fit, and to raise vital funds.  

With the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacting so many Jewish organizations, the Glebe Shul is proud to be part of Walk to Israel and to raise funds for global efforts to secure a vibrant Jewish future.

“It’s so amazing after such a long time indoors we were able to come up with a project supporting some of the pillars of Jewish values community: Torah, the Holy Land, and of course, health! I myself have lost 15 pounds since we have begun and the Walk to Israel has definitely been a part of that. Thank you so much for Olami for making this happen,” said Rabbi Kasriel Gewirtzman, co-director of the Glebe Shul.

I am excited to be involved with Walk to Israel in relation to supporting the Glebe Shul. This is an opportunity for much needed fundraising efforts and for creating awareness of a dedicated Ottawa community consisting of young vibrant Jewish professionals that learn, gather and grow – b’yachad,” said walker Alex Sarna.

“I’m participating in the Walk to Israel as my way of giving back to the Glebe Shul. It is important to help the Glebe Shul continue to operate and offer more programs for young professionals. I encourage everyone to donate as much as they can,” said participant JJ Benzaquen.

Visit or call 819-923-0315 for more information about the Glebe Shul.

Visit for more information about the Walk to Israel or to join the team or support the Glebe’s Shul Walk to Israel.

Photo: Glebe Shul co-directors Pessie and Rabbi Kasriel Gewirtzman.