Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Plan A, B, and C in place for Ottawa synagogues heading into High Holidays

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift, synagogues across Ottawa are preparing to pivot — making the decisions to either stay virtual, move to in-person celebrations, or provide a hybrid approach.

At Congregation Beit Tikvah, Rabbi Aryeh Kravetz says the goal is always to be able to provi…

Dad jokes from our community

Father's Day is a time to honour paternal bonds, and the powerful influence of fathers in society. One of the oft-maligned gifts from our dads is the well-known "dad joke." These are the wholesome one-liners dads tell us to tease and joke and they often become part of family lore that invoke…

Choose Ottawa website launches to showcase Jewish Ottawa

Where is the best place to live your Jewish life? Ottawa, of course! And the proof is now online in a special website that showcases all Jewish Ottawa has to offer from synagogues and Jewish education to neighbourhoods and residents’ heart-felt testimonials.

Stacey Goldstein started the …

mRNA, viral vector, efficacy... What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

Relief and delight overcame the residents, families and staff connected to Hillel Lodge, back on January 13 when Ottawa paramedics delivered the first of two Pfizer vaccine doses to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many of us had tears in our eyes as we marked the beginning of the end of th…

Rockets over Tel Aviv

By Janet and Jonathan Isserlin

Tel Aviv is different from Jerusalem, and, of course, different again from Ashkelon and the area around the Gaza strip. But it's all Israel, and we are now all Israelis together.

As we sit in the shelter in the basement of our central Tel Aviv apartment block…