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Quick Calendar for
May 4 - June 1

May 3-4 - Soloway JCC, Yom Hazikaron

May 5 - SJCC, Yom Ha'atzmaut, Federation and others, Flag Raising at City Hall

May 6 - KBI, Post Passover Shabbat Dinner (For Adults)

May 7 - OrH, Machaneh Shabbat Nature Walk

May 8 - Adath Shalom, The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in North America

May 8 - SJCC, Comics workshop for Yom Ha'atzmaut

May 9 - SJCC, The Journey of Sefer Torah 1336 Part Two

May 9, 10 - Israeli Emissaries visit

May 10 - Federation, J-Fellows Speaker Series, Reproductive Technology

May 11 - Federation, Antisemitism workshop for teens

May 11 - Temple Israel, Virtual Fireside chat

May 12 - Temple Israel, Gardening in Small Spaces

May 12 - SJCC, Success, Prosperity and Their Discontents in Literature

May 13 - KBI, USY Israeli Shabbat Dinner

May 15 - KBI, USY Leadership Workshop with Sylvie Moscovitz

May 15 - Limmud, Rethinking Social Justice Jewishly

May 16 - SJCC, Vancouver School of Yiddish Translators

May 17, 24, 31 June 7 - KBI, Debates and Dinner

May 17 - Temple Israel, Virtual Self Care Workshop

May 18 - SJCC, Basic Space Science

May 19 - Chabad of Centrepointe, Lag Baomer Party

May 25 - August 6 Auxiliary of Hillel Lodge Telethon

May 25 - JYL, Well Connected course

May 26 - Temple Israel,
Art & Decor Auction

May 26 - SJCC - Virtual Tour of the Old City for Yom Yerushalyim

May 26 - Temple Israel, Interactive Poetry Creation

May 29 - JET Ottawa, 30 Years Celebrating Jewish Unity!

May 29 - Limmud, Misconceptions on Israel

May 30 - SJCC, The Journey of Sefer Torah 1336 part 3

June 1 - Chabad of Centrepointe, Cooking Demo
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Jewish Federation of Ottawa events
Flag Raising at City Hall
May 5
10 - 11 am
Please join us for a special flag-raising ceremony with His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa. Registration is required for security purposes; Please visit
110 Laurier St. West
J-Fellows Speaker Series: Reproductive Technology and Inclusive Jewish Families
May 10
7 pm
In-person event with wine & cheese reception. Join the conversation on the ways that new reproductive technology supports families of all kinds. Our guest speakers are Dr. Doron Shmorgun, a fertility specialist and leader in the field of reproductive technology, and Rabbi Deborah Zuker, Associate Rabbi of Kehillat Beth Israel, who benefited from reproductive technology to have her children.
Contact Anne Read at
Location: reResidences 101 Queen Street West
Facing Antisemitism, a practical workshop for teens
May 11
7 - 8 pm
Join the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa for a Zoom session for teens. (Parents are welcome to join.) Share experiences, hear about the atmosphere in high schools and university, and gain practical tools to self-advocate. This program will feature a student leader who will talk about campus antisemitism, and how to challenge it.
Contact David Sachs at
Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation
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Community Events in alphabetical order by organization name
Adath Shalom Congregation
The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in North America
May 8
10:30 - 12:30 am
Rabbi Ari Goldberg will explore three remarkable activists and the organizations they led. He will also explore the crisis in Ukraine, considering Soviet Jewish history and the Jewish identity of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Contact Sherill Besser at 
Auxiliary of Hillel Lodge
May 25 - August 6
The Auxiliary provides services and raises the money required to help bring the many important extras that bring comfort and enjoyment to the residents. Your support is appreciated!
Chabad of Centrepointe & A Ripple Effect 
Lag Baomer Party
May 19
4 - 6:30 am
Join us for a family fun day! Delicious BBQ dinner, music, magician, juggler, jumping castle, crafts carnival booths & more!
Outside the JCC by the OJCS parking lot.
RSVP appreciated to Rabbi Chaim Mendelsohn at

Shavuot Cooking Demonstration
June 1
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Join Bassy Mendelsohn for this cooking demonstration.
To RSVP or if you cannot join in person and would like a Zoom link please email
23 Palisade St.
Jewish Youth Library
Rosh Chodesh Society
May 25
7:30 - 9 pm
Well-Connected is the six month course in an annual lecture series which will reveal the soul of Jewish ritual life by showing how to make each mitzvah personal, and a way to connect to something beyond ourselves. 
Kehillat Beth Israel
Post Passover Shabbat Dinner for Adults
May 6
5:30 - 7:30 pm
An elegant luxurious and cozy dinner for adults of all ages celebrating our ability to gather together for Shabbat once again. Cost $50
Contact Rena Garshowitz

Youth-led Kabbalat Shabbat & 1-Table Israeli Shabbat Dinner
May 13
5:30 - 7:30 pm
For USYers (Gr. 8-12) and their families, catered by CKC in celebration of Yom Ha’atzma’ut. Register here
Contact Cantor Jason Green at

Leadership Workshop with Sylvie Moscovitz
May 15
8:30 - 10:30 am
For USYers (Grades 8-12). Join Sylvie and Cantor Green for minyan, breakfast and icebreakers. Topics: USY leadership; what it means to evolve as a chapter; planning next year’s calendar; board positions; and Youth Engagement strategies. Volunteer hours provided. 

Beyond Dispute 2.0 - Debates That Shape Jewish Life
Tuesdays, May 17 - June 7
Dinner 6 -6:30 pm
Session 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Debates—philosophical, spiritual, ethical, and cultural—are at the heart of Judaism and Jewish life. Join Rabbi Deborah Zuker & Rabbi Eytan Kenter to explore how these debates have been manifested over the course of Jewish history, and to discuss their continued resonance for contemporary Jewish life. In-person.
$15/Session (Dinner is included and catered by A Dashing Pinch)
Limmud Ottawa 
Three free one-hour interactive online sessions on Sundays. Attend one or all three (May listings below). Topics will cover cutting-edge perspectives on Jewish social justice, Israel, Zionism and Antisemitism as well as the second installment of our ever-popular Jewish Canadian poetry slam.
May 15 • 2 pm
Rethinking Social Justice Jewishly | Yonah Lavery – Yisraeli
A discourse exploring what it means to apply and act on compelling social and economic justice issues from the Jewish lens.
May 29 • 2 pm
Misconceptions on Israel, Zionism, and the Jews | Charlotte Korchak
Join us for a one-hour hard talk on core misconceptions.
Ohev Yisroel Synagogue
20th Anniversary Gala Honouring
Rivka Kraus & Cantor Moshe Kraus on his 100th Birthday
May 29
11 am - 12:30 pm
Synagogue Ohev Yisroel is planning an event to honour Cantor Moshe and Rivka Kraus for their lifetime contributions to Jewish life around the world. Register for free to attend. Door prize tickets, $10 each. 
Or Haneshamah
Machaneh Shabbat Nature Walk
May 7
9:40 - 11:45 am
Machaneh Shabbat of Or Haneshamah will be joining the First Unitarians for a scavenger hunt around Mud Lake Trail. Trail Mix Making activity, Kiddish and HaMotzi to follow. Bring a snack and picnic blanket.
Contact Jenny Burns at
Soloway JCC
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Yom Hazikaron
May 3-4
Commemorate Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror with a special film including messages from Ottawa’s Jewish community leaders and Israeli Embassy officials. The link to view the film will be available from May 3 at 7 pm until May 4 at 7 pm. Wherever you are in the world, take a few minutes to stop and remember.

Yom Ha’atzmaut
May 5
Israel’s Independence Day is on Thursday, and we’re celebrating all month long! Join the fun with a variety of Yom Ha’atzmaut themed programs both virtual and in-person. Storytime, arts & crafts, an Israeli folk dance workshop, Israeli food, virtual tours of Israel, educational programs and much more!
Contact Ella Dagan

Comics workshop for Yom Ha'atzmaut
May 8
2 - 3 pm
A fun, family-friendly workshop with Nadav Nachmany that teaches you how to express yourself and tell stories through the language of comics. All you need is paper, pencil, black pen and eraser. Sponsors: JNF, Vered Israel, SJCC
Contact Ella Dagan

From the Ashes of the Holocaust: The Journey of Sefer Torah 1336
The Sefer Torah in the Greenberg Families Library is often the subject of curiosity and questions about where it came from, why it’s damaged, and how it ended up here.
Part 2: May 9 • 7 - 8 pm
Join us for Commandment 613, a 23-minute documentary where Rabbi Kevin Hale joyfully practices the sacred craft of Torah restoration. Register here
Part 3: May 30 • 7 - 8 pm
Join Lois Roman as she takes you through an exploration of the Memorial Scrolls Trust collection of Torah binders; they hold over 400 making it one of the largest collections in the world.

Israeli Emissaries, Canada tour 2022
May 9, 10
Two Israeli shlihim - Doron and Netanel will arrive in Ottawa for the Small Communities Program, sponsored by the Jewish Agency and the Israeli Ministry of diaspora.
Contact Ella Dagan for programming information 

Success, Prosperity and Their Discontents in Literature
May 12
2:30 - 4 pm
The wish to achieve and enjoy success and prosperity is a common human drive. And yet, fiction shows how that drive can have unintended consequences, complicating life’s ethical and emotional dimensions. We will study six works on the theme. Instructor: Professor Gefen Bar-On Santor. Zoom or in person. Cost: $165. Visit
Please contact Sue at

Vancouver School of Yiddish Translators
May 16
7:30 - 9 pm
Ever wonder if there are still Yiddish speakers out there, let alone those capable of translating written works? Meet the members of the Vancouver School of Yiddish Translators who will share their stories, the author/s they are translating and a reading from one of their translations. Q & A. Free event. Visit
Register by email to Sue at

Basic Space Science:
May 18
1 - 2 pm
How big is the moon? How far away is the Sun? What is the distance to Mars? Astronomers answered these questions and more by 1700. In this course, students will learn astronomy the way humanity did, step by step. While the instructor will do all the math, students are encouraged to use Excel or Google Sheets to do their own calculations. Instructor: Scott Ship. Cost $90
Contact Sue Potechin at

Virtual Tour of the Old City for Yom Yerushalayim
May 26
2 - 3 pm
Experience a journey that begins with the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 CE and continues for over 2,000 years. On this journey around the globe, pass through significant events in history, and then end up at the starting point – the Western Wall.
Contact Ella Dagan to register and receive a zoom link
Temple Israel
Virtual Fireside Chat with Author David Eisenstadt
May 11
7:30 - 9:30 pm
What do Corey Hart, The Travellers, Sophie Milman, and Sharon Lois & Bram have in common? They are all notable Canadian Jewish musicians who appear in a new book, Under the Radar – 30 Notable Canadian Jewish Musicians written by David Eisenstadt. Rabbi Mikelberg will join the author for an enlightening virtual conversation. Register here

Gardening in Small Spaces - Virtual Presentation
May 12
1 - 2 pm
This workshop will explore techniques to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers in areas other than outdoor gardens. Join master gardener, Judith Cox as we talk about growing on balconies, bright sunny windows and plant stands. Register by email

Virtual Self Care Workshop, with Robyn Aaron
May 17
1 - 2 pm
Looking after yourself is a valid regular practice!
During this ZOOM workshop with Robyn Aaron, you will explore self-care, and come up with your own self-care plan, to remind you of practices that work well for you, and new practices to try out. Register by email 

Interactive Poetry Creation Workshop
May 26
1 - 2 pm
Whether you read poetry, listen to it, write it, or avoid it altogether, join author and playwright A.M. Matte for a ZOOM interactive workshop, during which participants will unite to learn about contemporary Jewish poets. We will then collaborate to collectively create a poem or two together. Register by email

Art & Decor Auction
May 26
6 - 10 pm
Join us for a silent and live auction of beautiful art and decor items, as well as memberships and tickets to cultural events and much more. Volunteer auctioneer, Robin Pridham of Pridham's Auctions and Appraisals will be on hand to help find new homes for the many items available. More information and register
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