Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Ottawa teacher honoured with teacher’s union equity activism award

Jewish community member and teacher Lisa Levitan is the recipient of the 2022 Anti-Racist and Equity Activism Award from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, representing 85,000 Ontario Educators (ETFO). 

This annual award recognizes an ETFO member or group of members for thei…

Pride celebrations return after two years with Shabbat dinner

Pride Shabbat is back! This wonderful event, held in partnership with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Jewish Federation of Ottawa, Kehillat Beth Israel, Temple Israel, and CJPAC, celebrates our diverse and inclusive community and allows Jewish Ottawa to build allyship with L…

Jews remain most targeted religious group in 2021

New data shows Jews remain the religious group most targeted by hate crimes. 

Locally, 2021 data from Ottawa Police Service show that hate crime motivation against Jews is up 60 per cent, with 64 reported incidents. In total, local hate crimes are up 43.6 per cent, to 280 incidents from 18…

Ganon preschool receives microgrant for outdoor classroom

You’ve likely heard of forest school, an outdoor education delivery model in which students visit natural spaces to learn various skills, and we’re sure you’re familiar with some of the benefits of outdoor learning, but did you know this exciting addition is coming to Ganon Preschool a…

Federation’s new antisemitism web page helps advocates, provides resources

As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in one of the most free and tolerant countries in the world, with layers of institutional protection for minority and religious life. 

Yet, we still experience antisemitism.

That’s why the Jewish Federation of Ottawa has created a new web page and…