Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Community building, soft skills focus of back to school for Jewish Ottawa

As September kicks into high gear, there’s one thing on the minds of many families — back to school. While changing directives from the provincial government and the Delta variant of COVID-19 have caused problems with planning for the year ahead, both the Ottawa Jewish Community School (…

Making a connection to Israel and Jewish peoplehood through sport

Often referred to as the “Jewish Olympics,” the Maccabiah Games, organized by the Maccabi World Union, are held every four years and have become the largest regularly held international event in Israel. 

The 21st Maccabiah Games are scheduled for July 12 to 26, 2022 in Israel “two we…

Celebrating inclusion with Pride Month

The 2021 Pride Festival activities are returning to Ottawa for another COVID-affected year, this time with a city-wide celebration at Lansdowne Park on August 29, along with several celebrations taking place in the Jewish community. 

Kehillat Beth Israel has a Pride Shabbat scheduled for A…

Four fantastic road trips from Ottawa

With life opening up, many Ottawans are anxious to go and do some exploring. Here a few ideas from the Ottawa Jewish E-Bulletin for some easy getaways.


If you’re looking for a unique mix of pretty and historic, Perth — just about an hour’s drive from Ottawa — is your next day…

One big backyard — the Ottawa Community Eruv

The Daily Show’s John Stewart called it the ‘Thin Jew Line’ in a 2011 comedy sketch — but in reality, an Eruv (and in particular the 50-plus kilometre Ottawa Community Eruv) is a vital piece of the community for Orthodox or traditional Jews to observe Shabbat.

In short, an Eruv is b…