Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Ottawa celebrates Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Dancers celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, May 9, at the SJCC. (Howard Sandler)

Yom HaShoah commemoration: Elly Gotz warns young people to be vigilant

Holocaust survivor Elly Gotz (right) tells journalist Stephanie Levitz about Jewish life in Lithuania before the Second World War at Ottawa’s Yom HaShoah commemoration, May 1, at the SJCC. (Howard Sandler)

Israel’s fallen soldiers and terror victims remembered on Yom Hazikaron

Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism remembered on Yom Hazikaron

By Matthew Horwood

“We gather here on this difficult day to remember those who have fallen in defence of the state of Israel,” said Jonathan Ben-Choreen Freedman, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veteran and …

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein prepares to retire

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein plans to make aliyah to Israel once he retires as dean of Judaic studies at the Ottawa Jewish Community School and as spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Tikvah.