Quick Calendar for
Aug. 17 - Sept. 23
Now to Oct 1 - JMG, Annual Genizah Burial
August 18 - SJCC, Virtual Tour of Memorial Sites in the Galilee
August 22 - CBTO, Annual BBQ
August 24 - Federation and AJA50+, Understanding Antisemitism
August 25 - Temple Israel, Queering our Liturgy, Dancing with the Divine
August 27 - JNF - Family Shabbat Picnic in the Park
August 27, KBI - Teddy Bear Shabbat - Pride
August 27, KBI - Pride Shabbat with speaker
August 29, CBTO, Gee Bees Honey Tour
August 29 - SJCC, Documentary Film: Sustainable Nation
Jewish Federation of Ottawa Telethon
September 1 - CMH, Rosh Hashana Cookie Bake
September 2 - JET, High Holiday Challah Bake
September 5 - CMH, Apple Picking
September 12, CBTO - L'Chaim
September 13, JFS - AGM
September 14, Babi Yar Commemoration
September 23, Tamir - Webinar Series/Inclusion
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Jewish Federation of Ottawa events
Annual Campaign Telethon
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Jewish Federation of Ottawa and AJA50+
Understanding Antisemitism & Community Based Civic Engagement
12:30 - 2 pm
This presentation will include a historical overview of antisemitism, a contemporary analysis of current events, advocating, writing campaigns, action alerts etc.
Presented by CIJA personnel Jess Burke, Director of Community Training and Sophie Helpard, Director of Government Relations (Ontario). Free. Register by noon Aug. 23, by emailing email@example.com
Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation
Rosh Hashana is around the corner!
Mark the New Year with one of our elegant card designs and send best wishes to your friends, family and loved ones. Order your Tribute cards by August 31 to ensure delivery. Visit ojcf.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-798-4696 x274.
Community Events in alphabetical order by organization name
Babi Yar Commemorative Event
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Co-Chairs: Joel Diener and Lawrence Greenspon.
This official commemoration will invite all Canadians to take a moment to reflect on the past, to mark the day of the Babi Yar Massacre in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1941, where 37,771 Jews were killed by Nazi Germany forces.
Parking is available on the street or at The Canadian War Museum. Please bring your own chairs if required.
COVID protocols will be followed.
The National Holocaust Monument
1918 Chaudiere Crossing
Congregation Beit Tikvah
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Food, friends, and fun and games for kids all in one place! Featuring both a meat and vegetarian option, the CBTO annual BBQ will be a great time for everyone to get together over some great food in a great atmosphere. $18/person, $45/family
15 Chartwell Ave.
C"Bee"TO Bee Tour
10 - 11 am
Did you hear the latest buzz? Rosh Hashana is coming and it's time to get ready! Join us at Gees Bees Honey Company to tour the Pollinator Garden, meet the different types of bees and see them in action, and learn all about honeybees and beekeeping! Cost $12.50
Gees Bees Honey Company
538 River Rd. Gloucester
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Join CBTO for an elegant evening between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur to share a "l'chaim" and hors d'oeuvres. Featuring musical accompaniment by Dr. Robert Coplan.
15 Chartwell Ave.
Congregation Machzikei Hadas
Pre-Rosh Hashanah Sing-a-Long and Honey Cookie Bake
6 - 7 pm
Please join us to celebrate the new year with a virtual sing-a-long with Morah Sari, shofar blowing with Rabbi Scher, and a honey cookie baking experience — we supply the dry cookie mix! Please register by August 28 for a package deliver to your home.
Pre-Rosh Hashanah Apple Picking
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Please join us for a pick-your-own apple picking to get into the high holidays spirit! Feel free to bring along a picnic and blanket so you can enjoy a socially distanced lunch at the orchard. Want to skip the line? Register in advance to have your bags ready at the orchard when you arrive.
Log Cabin Orchards, 6121 Cabin Rd., Osgoode
A Hybrid High Holiday Challah Bake
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Learn to make and shape round Holiday Challah. Join JET's JWN at Beit Tikvah in outdoor tents with covid safety protocols in place. Limited in-person spaces - cost $10!
Or choose the FREE Zoom option. A Zoom link, kitchen items and ingredients list will be emailed to you prior to the event. Zoomers can also pick up round challah pans and inserts for honey at locations throughout the city.
* Open to all! (men, women and teens)
Registration is required here by August 30.
15 Chartwell Avenue
Jewish Memorial Gardens
Annual Genizah Burial
Now until October 1
We will be accepting boxes (limit 3 per household.) All Shaimos (religious items) must be in sealed cardboard boxes so they can be easily stacked. Box size should NOT exceed 3'x 2' and weigh more than 20 lbs. For a list of what can and can't be buried, click here. Boxed Shaimos may be dropped off at the specially marked area at the Jewish Memorial Gardens Osgoode cemetery, 6549 Herberts Corners Road Greely.
Jewish National Fund
Ottawa Pre-Shabbat Picnic in the Park
5 - 7 pm
Join JNF Ottawa's new Families initiative at our launch party. Our Pre-Shabbat Picnic in the Park is an easy way to get together, enjoy a meal, and connect with each other, without having to dirty up your kitchen!
$36/family of 4. Register here.
OJCS field, 31 Nadolny Sachs Private
Kehillat Beth Israel
Teddy Bear Shabbat
5:30 - 7:30 pm
In celebration of Ottawa Pride, join us for a casual family dinner, a tot-friendly service, and "Drag Queen Story Hour" with Adrianna Exposée, winner of 2019/2020 Miss Capital Pride!
7 - 9 pm
Let's celebrate diversity in our community! Join us for a conversation with Cameron Jette a non-binary community activist, and co-chair of the Capital Pride Youth Committee.
7 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat Service - A warm and inclusive prayer experience.
8 pm - Dessert Reception & Speaker
Book Festival in Your Living Room
Enjoy a stellar line-up of virtual Book Festival events including author talks featuring the year’s hottest writers
Daniel Levin, Proof of Life – August 18, 8 pm
Francine Prose, The Vixen: A Novel – August 23, 8 pm
Jake Cohen, Jew-ish: A Cookbook – August 26, 8 pm
Billie Jean King, All In: An Autobiography – September 12, 8 pm
Find all the details and buy your tickets here
Sponsor: The Greenberg Families Library in concert with the National JCC Literary Consortium
Virtual Tour of memorial and independence sites in the Galilee
Join Noam Tamir, a tour guide and former pilot in the IDF for a tour focusing on courage, heroism and battle heritage. Follow fighters, commanders, generals and fallen people who tell the story of the defence of the Land of Israel and the State of Israel. Covers the War of Independence to the battles and wars experienced in recent years.
Sponsors: JNF Canada, Vered Israel, SJCC, JNF Ottawa, Embassy of Israel
Documentary Film: Sustainable Nation
7 - 8:30 pm
Introduction by Eli Lipshitz, Head of Public Diplomacy at Embassy of Israel followed by a screening of the documentary. The film follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. Using solutions developed in water-poor Israel, they are working to change the status quo of a world where one in ten people lacks access to safe drinking water. But water is just the beginning; the work of this visionary trio highlights the nexus between food, energy and water and underscores how solving these enormous challenges can help free women, and the world, from life-threatening poverty, illness and lack of opportunity.
Sponsors: JNF Canada, Vered Israel, SJCC, JNF Ottawa, Embassy of Israel.
State of Israel Bonds
Virtual Event - Documentary
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Join us virtually for our High Holy Day appeal featuring a special panel discussion and screening of UPHEAVAL. The film will be available to anyone who has registered and is inspired to purchase an Israel Bond of $36 and higher. Evites go out the week of August 23.
Contact Marcia Cantor at 613-792-1142
Webinar Series: Turning Our Good Intentions Toward Actions That Lead to Belonging and Inclusion.
11 - noon
We believe that including people with disabilities and mental health conditions across the lifespan is an important part of our Jewish values. In this webinar, Jewish Inclusion expert Shelly Christensen will discuss opportunities and strategies to embrace a growth mindset so important to belonging and inclusion.
Queering our Liturgy, Dancing with the Divine
noon - 1 pm
Liturgy, of whatever faith, is an attempt to connect us to the Divine. Over the past few decades liturgies have been created and have evolved to include and embrace members of the LGBTQ2+ communities. Join Rabbi Dara Lithwick and Rabbi Daniel Mikelbelberg of Temple Israel Ottawa, and the Reverend Gary van der Meer, rector of St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, for a dive into examples of queer liturgy from our traditions. Together let's inspire and uplift!
Partners: CIJA, Jewish Federation of Ottawa, Beit Simchat Torah, Capital Pride
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