Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Community member honoured for professional and civic leadership

Long-time leader in the Jewish community, Lawrence Silber, was awarded the Abe Feinstein Solicitor Award by the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA). The annual award is given to a solicitor who has distinguished themselves throughout their career by exemplary service to the legal profe…

Kosher Korner – All the news that’s fit to eat

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is happy to launch a new E-Bullletin initiative to help share the work of the
Ottawa Vaad HaKashrut. Ever feel confused about kosher rules? Do you have questions about the whys and hows? The Kosher Korner aims to help shed light on the important and sometimes…

How do we make everyone feel welcome and included?

Are Jews all one race? 

The answer is a hard “no.” Jewish people come in every colour and hail from all over the world. The short film Periphery, to be shown May 11 by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa to celebrate Jewish Heritage Month, explores the ethnic diversity of the Jewish commun…

Meet our new staff: Making an impact through word and deed

The Communications team at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa is growing. Jodi Green was recently hired to fill the new role of Communications and Advocacy Specialist. To help introduce her and share the vision for this new position, Jodi chatted with Community Relations and Antisemitism Specia…

Shavuot – Let's celebrate all things dairy

By Pauline Colwin

Shavuot commemorates the day the Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai.  Among the traditions, which include an all-night study session and the reading of the Book of Ruth, Jews customarily celebrate by eating dairy foods.


There are several explanations for th…