Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

New leadership for our community

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa and the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation just competed their Annual General Meetings. At that time both Boards welcomed new chairs who will guide and support the operations of each organization for the next two years. 

Karen Palayew is a practicing primary…

Indigenous History Month – A time to connect with roots

June marks Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to learn about the unique cultures, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. It's a time to honour the stories, achievements, and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial and…

Ottawa synagogue communities celebrate gender diversity

How gender inclusive language is being used in Torah call-ups and rites of passage

In honour of Pride month in Canada the E-Bulletin set out to explore what exists to increase inclusivity within prayer spaces for people identifying as non-binary. 

The Hebrew language and Jewish prayer are…

Meet the school board’s new first-ever Jewish equity coach

Brian Kom, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s (OCDSB) new Jewish equity coach officially began his work on June 8, 2023. He sat down with Jodi Green, the Communications and Advocacy Specialist at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa for a chat about his new role, his vision, and his potent…

A Place for Everyone: Jewish education available to all

Tuition incentive available for supplemental schools

Ottawa is fortunate that, for its size, it can boast two Jewish day schools and five supplementary schools to meet the educational Jewish philosophies of any family. It’s a setup that has taken each institution years to cultivate and de…