Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Hillel Ottawa prepares for new academic year on campuses

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Hillel Ottawa – which serves Jewish students attending the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Algonquin College – is preparing for a year unlike any other.

Among the changes this year is the appointment of Sa…

Remembering Seymour Mender

By Mitch Miller

Pirkei Avot teaches us the Crown of a Good Name is the most important crown to wear. Seymour Mender wore that Crown. Seymour Mender earned that Crown. On August 11, at the age of 67, our community lost a generous, selfless and kind person who was a loving husband, father, za…


Condolences are extended to the families of:

Leonora Allen

Josephine Fiksel

Veronica Ava (Vera) Grushman

Etta Karp

Joseph Levy

Fannie Markson

Seymour Mender

Arnon Miller

Gordon Roston

Anita Saslove

Stella Torontow

May their memory be a blessing always.

The Condolence Column is o…

Ottawa’s Jewish day schools prepare to reopen

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

Ottawa’s Jewish day schools – the Ottawa Jewish Community School (OJCS) and Torah Day School of Ottawa, as well as the Orthodox high school, Ottawa Torah Institute (boys)/Machon Sarah (girls) – are in the midst of preparations to welcome students back to…

Long-time director of social work at Hillel Lodge set to retire

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

Joanna Abrams is preparing to retire on July 31 after 34 years of service as director of social work, programs and support services at the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge, Ottawa’s Jewish long-term care home for the aged.

Abrams, then a mother of…