Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

YidLife Crisis to star in online event for Annual Campaign

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

YidLife Crisis, created by and starring Eli Batalion as Leizer and Jamie Elman as Chaimie, began as a web series in 2014 about two Yiddish-speaking friends in Montreal who would meet over food in Mile End, the city’s old Jewish neighbourhood that’s now a m…


Condolences are extended to the families of:

Phyllis Cleiman

Marle D’Amico

Rachel “Rae” Freedman

Esthel Huniu

Zina Ilvitsky

Ruth Nadler

Denise Paroli

Zelda Shore

Dave Smith

May their memory be a blessing always.

The Condolence Column is offered as a public service to the com…

Canada’s Jewish federations join together for online Rosh Hashanah party

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

It’s been a tradition for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa to kick off the New Year – and the Annual Campaign – with a major event shortly before Rosh Hashanah featuring prominent speakers or entertainers.

A year ago, for example, a sold-out Algonquin Co…

Hillel Ottawa prepares for new academic year on campuses

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Hillel Ottawa – which serves Jewish students attending the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Algonquin College – is preparing for a year unlike any other.

Among the changes this year is the appointment of Sa…

Remembering Seymour Mender

By Mitch Miller

Pirkei Avot teaches us the Crown of a Good Name is the most important crown to wear. Seymour Mender wore that Crown. Seymour Mender earned that Crown. On August 11, at the age of 67, our community lost a generous, selfless and kind person who was a loving husband, father, za…