Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Freiman Family Young Leadership Award: Allan Shefrin

Allan Shefrin, described as “kind and gentle…so genuine in his interactions with others,” will receive the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award and the Lawrence Greenberg Young Leadership Development Award.

Gilbert Greenberg Award: Steven Kimmel ‘personifies the qualities'

Steven Kimmel, described as “a true leader and a true mensch,” will receive the 2019 Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award. (Howard Sandler)

Fireside chat with Shopify’s Harley Finkelstein

Ottawa is “one of the most underrated places on the planet,” says Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein (left) in a fireside chat with Mark Sutcliffe presented by the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, May 6, at Gowling WLG. (Howard Sandler)

Sarah Caspi is new executive director at Jewish Family Services

Jewish values and the concept of tikkun olam are very important to Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, says Sarah Caspi, the agency’s new executive director.

Shem Tov Award: Charles Schachnow

“I just want to make a difference,” says Charles Schachnow, who will receive the 2019 Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award.