Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Equity coach motion passes unanimously at OCDSB meeting

After hours of debate and discussion, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board unanimously passed a motion last night to hire a full-time Jewish Equity Coach. The vote was met with applause from the public gallery, where some attendees wore T-shirts reading "End Jew Hatred" and held signs s…

Ottawa’s beloved long-time cantor and the “Aptowitzer attitude”

Gitta and Cantor David Aptowitzer shown in an Ottawa Jewish Bulletin photo that accompanied an article about their move to Motza, near Jerusalem, in 2013.

After more than four decades of service to the Ottawa Jewish community, beloved Cantor David Aptowitzer Z”L leaves a legacy of kindnes…

‘Jewish pride is a revolution’ — Ben Freeman to speak in Ottawa

Founder of the modern Jewish Pride movement, a Jewish leader, thinker, and educator, Ben M. Freeman is the author of Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People and Reclaiming our Story: The Pursuit of Jewish Pride.

Reclaiming, his newest book, released this fall, takes readers – both Jewish and no…

Jewish community reflects for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

To honour the memory of the six million Jewish children, women, and men murdered by the Nazis, the United Nations designated January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), in 2005. There are many community events taking place for IHRD this year in Ottawa, including lighting up bu…

PJ Library reaches new milestones, creates lasting impact

Across the national capital region, more than 800 children are provided with free Jewish-themed books through the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s PJ Library program. 

PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a North American Jewish non-profit organization based in Agawam…