Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Helen Saipe looks forward to her 106th birthday

By Marcia Saipe

My mother, Helen Saipe, will be 106 years old in September, and is looking forward to another birthday. Helen was born and raised in Ottawa where she has lived her entire life. Her husband, Roy Saipe, whom she married in 1941, became the face of Dworkin Furs on Rideau Street…

Interfaith leaders gather online to denounce racism

Ottawa religious and civic leaders hold interfaith Zoom gathering in solidarity against racism

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

“The cause which brings us here tonight is an absolutely essential cause,” said Rabbi Reuven Bulka. “We, in Ottawa, are blessed to have a community in which a…

Ottawa congregations to delay opening for at least two weeks

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

Although Premier Doug Ford has announced that houses of worship in Ontario can begin to open at 30 per cent capacity beginning on Friday, June 12, all of Ottawa’s major Jewish congregations will not begin to hold religious services for at least two weeks. Th…

Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation holds AGM online

The community will emerge stronger and more cohesive from the crisis “as we work together to shape a better future,” predicts keynote speaker Ian Freedman, president of Joe Fresh.

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

For the first time on June 4, the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation held i…

COVID-19 pandemic a ‘seismic event,’ says Mitch Garber

Business and Montreal Jewish community leader discusses fundraising strategies during Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation online event

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

Mitch Garber, a Montreal-based lawyer, entrepreneur, business executive and philanthropist, was the guest speaker, May 26, fo…