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Bite-size acts of kindness for first-ever Mitzvah Days of Summer

If you’ve been in the Ottawa Jewish community for a while, you know about the big Mitzvah Day usually held in February. With the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, that wasn’t possible this year — so the Jewish Federation of Ottawa has come up with a new version of the day to engage famil…

OJCF 50th annual general meeting

After a year like no other, the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation held their 50th annual general meeting last week, celebrating five decades of success, announcing grant and scholarship recipients, as well as looking back at past chairs — and of course, looking ahead to the future.

The v…

Virtual fitness classes filled a gap during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns

Last March, faced with a two-week shutdown of fitness classes at the Soloway JCC, Carla Gencher just wanted to make sure her members were looked after — and that they could stay healthy in both body and mind.

“At first we decided we wouldn’t do Zoom classes … we figured it would be …

Enjoy award-winning Israeli films for free from the comfort of your home

by Pam Rosenberg

Just when you’ve finished watching everything there is to see on Netflix comes a whole month of award-winning films, all available to stream for free.

The Israeli Film Festival, now in its 18th year (second virtual edition), features award-winning Israeli movies delivere…

AGM marks Board changing of the guard

Photo: Alice Retik and Gillian Presner

On June 16, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa will host its second virtual Annual General Meeting, which is the time when Federation not only honours the Community Service Winners, but marks a changing of the guard for the Board of Directors with two mem…