Jewish Ottawa



Condolences are extended to the families of:

Ami (Arieh-Michael) Blumenthal

Evelyn May Dubinsky

Norma Moscovitz, Montreal (Mother of Jason Moscovitz)

Michael Penso

Judy Prizant, Montreal (Mother of Harry Prizant)

Bernard Ratner, Saint Louis Park, Minnesota (Father of Devor…

Remembering Ruth Soloway 1915-2020

Ruth Soloway, with her late husband Hyman Soloway, a well-known figure in Ottawa’s Jewish community and beyond, passed away on March 23 at age 104. She is remembered in this article by her son, Lawrence Soloway.

My mother Ruth Soloway was born on July 3,1915, the third child of Samuel and…

Caring for the vulnerable a top priority

Agencies and organizations that serve the vulnerable in the Jewish community are rising to the challenge of meeting their clients’ enhanced needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Louise Rachlis reports.

‘As a health care facility looking after vulnerable seniors, we have had to restrict acce…

Advice for Passover 2020: ‘Just do your best’

By Louise Rachlis

‘Guess what we got in the mail today!” enthused my daughter Naomi in Brampton over FaceTime. “PJ Library Haggadahs!”

The child-friendly sets of Haggadahs sent to PJ Library families were particularly welcome this year as everyone is faced with a different kind of …

Holocaust survivor becomes successful businessman and artist

For Maxwell Smart, Yom HaShoah is the remembrance day for his family, who were all murdered by the Nazis. He tells his story of resilience to Louise Rachlis.

‘It’s a very scary thing. My age is very high and I’m very vulnerable,” said Holocaust survivor and artist Maxwell Smart of t…