Jewish Ottawa

Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Jewish kids get fun shot at hockey with new Shtick Handlers program

Moshe Goldstein (pictured) is excited to finally be able to play hockey.

Shabbat-observant youth will finally have a chance to take part in a classic Canadian form of recreation: hockey.

Ice rink schedules often mean that youth hockey leagues take place on weekend mornings, which means fam…

Youth climate movement chapter comes to Ottawa

The Jewish Youth Climate Movement is coming to Ottawa, as the first non-U.S. chapter of the organization takes root in the National Capital.

The Jewish Youth Climate Movement (JYCM) was founded by Hazon, The Jewish Lab for Sustainability, in 2019. The organization is dedicated to mitigating…

Meet Yaron Deckel: Jewish Agency for Israel regional director

Since 1929, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) has worked to connect Jews around the world — and the new regional director for Canada has stepped easily into his new advocacy role.

Yaron Deckel began as the JAFI regional director at the beginning of October, moving to Toronto from the Un…

U Ottawa president denounces student union call to boycott Israel

Two weeks ago, the University of Ottawa student Union (UOSU) adopted a motion calling for the University of Ottawa to support the Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign against Israel. This past week, the University of Ottawa’s leadership denounced the decision, issuing a statement clarifyi…

New Jewish Youth Library finds long-awaited home

In 1981, the Caytak family moved to Ottawa and opened the Jewish Youth Library in their basement. In 1989, they moved into a house across the street — but other priorities like a preschool and a summer camp took over the space they had hoped to dedicate to the library.

Finally, a new dedi…