Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Federation welcomes (back) Rena Garshowitz

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is excited to welcome Rena Garshowitz back into the fold as the new Vice President of Operations. Garshowitz previously served as Federation’s Event Planner and Sponsorship Coordinator before being promoted to the position of Campaign Manager. For the last f…

Rise Up Ottawa! event promises to celebrate culture, combat antisemitism

In the past year, the Jewish community of Ottawa has experienced a disturbing rise in antisemitism, particularly in public schools. In response, award-winning teacher and local activist Lisa Levitan has organized Rise Up Ottawa! The event is a grassroots movement focused on combatting discri…

iWalk app and pre-iWalk tours will guide Holocaust Monument visitors

iWalk app and pre-iWalk tours will guide Holocaust Monument visitors 

The Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) is developing a new smartphone app to help guide visitors at the National Holocaust Monument. 

Called iWalk, the app (available in 2024) will educate students, …

Survey results of candidates running for City Council

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa surveyed area candidates ahead of the October 24 municipal election asking them seven questions relating to issues such as antisemitism, security, the Ottawa Police Services and support for social services like the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank. As candidates have …

Mayoral candidate: Bob Chiarelli

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa hosted small discussion panels with three mayoral candidates to understand their perspectives on issues important to the Jewish community, such as support for the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank and Tamir, and other matters like policing and combatting antisemitism. …