Jewish community mourns loss of its own

The Jewish community of Ottawa is profoundly saddened by the recent murder of Adi Vital-Kaploun, a 33-year-old beloved mother of two, at the hands of Hamas terrorists in Israel. Adi’s family is from Ottawa and are active members of our community and her death has touched us all on a personal level. 

While the family has asked for privacy at this difficult time, they asked Andrea Freedman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, to share an official statement at a press conference Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at the Soloway JCC:

“Our family lost a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin. Her children are miraculously home and safe, she is not. She was murdered by terrorists in her home, just for being Jewish. Adi Vital-Kaploun was a beautiful person, with a warm soul that touched her family and friends with love. Her love was like rays of sunshine, warming the world around her with her smile, her warmth and compassion. 

“Adi was an amazing mother, teaching her children and nurturing them in a loving and caring way, focused on their development and place in this world. Adi was so completely moved by the love she had for her husband cherishing every day they had together making a life for her family. 

“Adi brought love, laughter, and a sense of purpose to her parents and siblings, the one always leading the way in a very close family. Adi was an amazing woman with so many talents, she expressed herself in her dance, playing saxophone, and was an amazing basketball player. Adi was driven from a young age on a path to success in everything she set her mind to do, having recently finished her Masters after completing a degree in Chemical Engineering, and had a very successful career in cybersecurity. 

“Adi loved her country, Israel, and lived on the land in a kibbutz surrounded by her mishpacha. Adi also loved Canada, was a proud Canadian, from a local Ottawa family with deep community ties, and made sure to convey this pride to her children.

“We are standing with the people of Israel in their fight against the terrorists who undertook this heinous act. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends; we are in mourning trying to process this unconscious act of terrorism in her kibbutz and across the country. 

“May her memory be a blessing.”

The funeral will take place in Israel and we wish the entire family and all who knew and loved Adi comfort at this terrible time.

The press conference and accompanying CBC report can be viewed here