Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Welcome to New Hillel Ottawa Staff

“Your Jewish home away from home.” 

That is the motto of Hillel Ottawa, an organization that is part of an international network of Hillels that support Jewish students on college and university campuses around the world. In Ottawa, Hillel primarily works with students at the Universit…

Tu B’Av – The Jewish day for love

Did you know Jews have our version of Valentine’s Day? This year Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday for love took place on August 2nd. This is an important day for our community with ancient roots, deep meaning, and modern application.

Since the Second Temple times, Jews have had the holiday o…

What does the Jewish Federation of Ottawa do?


If you were asked “What does Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto do?”, the answer would be easy. They help sick kids. Their mission and agenda is laid out in their title. When asked what the Jewish Federation of Ottawa does, the answer requires a little more information, but the impact is no …

New Year for the Animals: An interview with Dr. Mark Froimovitch

Beginning in the evening of August 17, 2023, the Jewish people will celebrate Rosh Hashana La’Behemot, the New Year for the Animals. It is one of the four New Years on the Jewish calendar and while its practice has changed over the millennia, its significance has not. 

Think of the chick…

The Jewish connection to the Multifaith Housing Initiative

Affordable housing is a communal responsibility, and the Jewish community of Ottawa is striving to make an impact through its ongoing relationship with the Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI).

“The issue of affordable housing affects all of us in our city, including the Jewish community w…