Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Election Roundtable — Green Party

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa, along with our advocacy partner the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, (CIJA), welcomed four Green Party candidates to a roundtable discussion Monday, May 16, in the lead up to the Ontario election on June 2. All local candidates were invited to participat…

Election roundtable — Liberal Party

Six candidates from the Ontario Liberal Party joined a roundtable event on May 18, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa in partnership with CIJA. Candidates spoke about the importance of including the fight against antisemitism in the anti-racism umbrella, as well as how critical cultur…

Storm Resources

Dealing with the ‘derecho’: What you need to know after Saturday’s storm

 

At its peak, the blackout that crippled Ottawa after Saturday’s ‘derecho’ knocked power out at more than 170,000 households. Five days later, 70,000 are still without power and the city is slowly beginn…

‘Just write’: New memoir on Rabbi Simes released

A new book on “Rolling Rabbi” Simes is inspiring the Ottawa Jewish community — and took author Shaindel Simes by surprise. 

Rabbi Yehuda Simes Z”L, Ottawa’s “Rolling Rabbi,” died in 2017 — nearly seven years after he was paralyzed and left a quadriplegic after a car acciden…

A lone soldier’s experience in Israel

Temima Silver grew up in a predominantly Jewish environment in Ottawa — but when she entered public high school she realized antisemitism wasn’t as far away as she thought. 

That experience was among the reasons that made her decide to enlist as a lone soldier for the Israeli Defence F…