January 27 is
International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Please stay tuned for information about ways to mark the day in Ottawa.
Quick Calendar for
Jan. 11 to Feb. 3

now to Feb 24 - Hineni Self-Care

until March 7 - SJCC, Melton: Beyond Borders, Arab-Israeli Conflict

until Feb 15 - SJCC, Melton: Adam to Abraham

Jan 11 - SJCC, Behind the Headlines

Jan 11 - SJCC, Create Your Own Ukulele

Jan 12 - CBTO, Screening of Sustainable Nation

Jan 12 - SJCC Singers! - New Choral

Jan 13 - OrH, Freylekh Friday

Jan 14 - Machzikei, Women's Torah Learning

Jan 14 - Machzikei, Cholent Cook-Off!

Jan 14 - Temple Israel, Havdallah on the ski hill

Jan 15 - Temple Israel, Books and Bagels

Jan 16 - SJCC, Funny Girls by FilmShul

Jan 17 - SJCC, Imagining Jezebel in Graphic Detail

Jan 17 - KBI, An evening with Pnina Lahav

Jan 17 - SJCC, Ukulele for Beginners

Jan 18 - SJCC, Behind the Headlines

Jan 18 - CBTO, ILead: Advocacy, Empowerment, & Leadership for Israel

Jan 20-21 - CBTO, Travelling Chassidim in Ottawa

Jan 20-21 - Machzikei, NCSY Mini-Shabbaton!

Jan 21 - Machzikei, Interactive Family Service

Jan 21 - PJ Library, Outdoor Havdallah

Jan 21 - NAC, Silent Tears

Jan 21 - JNF Ottawa, Annual Tu Bi'Shevat Campaign

Jan 21 - KBI, Tobogganing & Hot Chocolate at Carlington Park

Jan 23 - KBI, Intro to Judaism

Jan 27 - Temple Israel, Song Session Shabbat

Jan 29 - SJCC, ASL level 1

Jan 29 - Temple Israel, Mental Health 101

Jan 29-30 - JNF, Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka C.M. Tu BiShevat Telethon

Jan 30 - PJ Library, Babies & Bagels

Feb 3 - Tamir, Bring in Shabbat
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PJ Library
Outdoor Havdallah at
Centrepointe Park
January 21
6:30 - 8 pm
Celebrate Havdallah with PJ Library and the Ottawa Jewish Community School!
Experience the beauty of a winter night sky and participate in a meaningful, musical, and interactive service led by the Head of School of OJCS, Jon Mitzmacher. Enjoy hot chocolate, take-home crafts and loot bags!
260 Centrepointe Dr.

New! Babies & Bagels
January 30 
9:30 - 11:30 am
We are excited to kick off a new monthly program especially for parents and babies 0-2 years of age. Join us for fun, age-appropriate activities, bagels, coffee and great conversation in a home-setting. Registration link will be shared on our website soon.

Contact Emily Litvack at elitvack@jewishottawa.com
Community Events in alphabetical order by organization name
Congregation Beit Tikvah
Film screening: Sustainable Nation
January 12
11 am - 12:30 pm
Join CBTO and JNF for a screening of Sustainable Nation, a film about how Israel leads the world in innovative ways of water conservation and knowledge. Featuring a brunch and talk with Sharon Diamond, Executive Director of JNF Ottawa/Atlantic. Sponsor: Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program. Register

ILead: Advocacy, Empowerment, & Leadership for Israel
January 18, February 1, March 1
4 - 7:30 pm
CBTO partners with Hasbara Canada to present a monthly, educational series on important need-to-know topics.
Featuring separate sessions for teens and adults, these engaging sessions will give you the facts you need to support and advocate for Israel.

The Travelling Chassidim in Ottawa
January 20 - 21
4:30 pm - 9 pm
Experience firsthand a Chassidic celebration of Shabbat.
Sponsorships are available and appreciated.
Friday night dinner with travelling Chassidim:
Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for children (12 and under)

Contact: Aryeh Kravetz rabbi@cbto.ca15 Chartwell Ave.
Hineni Coaching
Self-Care First Aid: Even When. You. Just. Can't
Now to February 24
Flexible timing
Fully subsidized program for Jewish women in Ottawa exploring the critically important, and often elusive, concept of self-care. This self-paced program will explore such questions as: How is self-care even possible when I am so busy taking care of everyone, and everything, else? What are the most essential components of my self-care plan?
Sponsors: Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation's Women's Collective Philanthropy Program, Jewish Federation of Ottawa Microgrant
JNF Ottawa 
Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka C.M. Tu BiShevat Telethon
January 29-30
1:30 - 8 pm
This year’s telethon is named after our close friend. Please answer the call and help us build Israel together. If you are interested in volunteering at the telethon, contact Ilana at ottawa@jnf.ca or 613-798-2411. High school students will receive volunteer hours.
Kehillat Beth Israel
An evening with Pnina Lahav
January 17
7 - 8:30 pm
Pnina Lahav will speak about her new book The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir

Tobogganing & Hot Chocolate
January 21
10 am - 12 pm
Fun winter activities for Chaverim (Grades 3-5) with parents and Gesher Kids (Grades 6-8).
Carlington Park hill
Contact: Jason Green at cantor@kehillatbethisrael.com

Intro to Judaism
January 23
7 - 8 pm
Whether you're re-discovering your heritage, connecting with your partner, or considering conversion — we are eager to join you on your journey and together explore the wisdom, depth, and joy of Jewish living. On Zoom, $136
Machzikei Hadas
L'Chaim Women's Torah Learning - Parshat Shemot
January 14
10:45 - 11:30 am
We are delighted to have a group of talented women speaking about Parshat Shemot. Each woman will speak for 5-7 minutes, teaching a perspective from the parsha that was meaningful to her. No experience is necessary for this class. All women and girls 12+ are welcome. (Note that younger girls are welcome to attend if with a parent or grandparent).

Cholent Cook Off!
January 14
11:45 - 12:45 am
Don't miss the most delicious Shabbat of the year! Several different community members will face off to be the ultimate cholent champion. Everyone in attendance will be taste-testing the different recipes and voting for a favourite.
2310 Virginia Drive

NCSY Juniors & NCSY Mini Shabbaton
January 20 - 21
4:30 - 6:30 pm
In partnership with NCSY Ottawa, Machzikei Hadas is excited to host a Shabbaton for NCSY Juniors (Grades 6-8) and NCSY Teens (Grades 9-12) from across Ottawa! Hospitality is available in Alta Vista.

Interactive Family Service
January 21
10:30 - 11:30 am
Don't miss the opportunity for children ages 3-10 and their parents & grandparents to come together for this uplifting and interactive family service run by Moreh David Kogut! Kids of all ages and abilities are invited to participate and even win prizes!
Lower Social Hall, 2310 Virginia Drive
Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango
January 21
7:30 - 9:30 pm
This award-winning program is based on poems, testimonies, and writings of women who were victims of sexual violence, human experimentation, forced sterilization, and torture during the Holocaust. Cost is $25.
More info: Jennifer Covert at jcovert@nac-cna.ca
1 Elgin St.
Or Haneshamah
Freylekh Friday
January 13
5:30 - 9 pm
Join us for a Teddy Bear Shabbat (where all stuffies are welcome), a Potluck Shabbat dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat melodies, and thought-provoking guest speakers. Let our multigenerational hub start your Shabbat with a bang!
30 Cleary Ave.
Soloway Jewish Community Centre

Bereshit From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations
January 10 – March 7
Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 am 
Explore the creation of Adam and Eve to the story of Abraham and Sarah. Learners will gain insight into the first sibling rivalry, which ended in murder, the story of the flood, the Tower of Babel, and much more.
Hybrid: In-Person or online Instructor: Rabbi Steven H. Garten Sponsor: SJCC Melton School Ottawa

Behind the Headlines: Current News and World Events
January 11 - February 15
Wednesdays, 1-3 pm
In this World Affairs lecture series, we will discuss current events making the news, and affecting our lives and our world. Come for lively discussions on the hot topics that matter, led by a veteran Carleton University political scientist and media commentator. Instructor: Dr. Elliot Tepper Cost: $180

Create Your Own Ukulele with Paintnite
January 11
6:30 - 9 pm
Aloha! Learn to make, create and tune your very own instrument. Beginners are welcome! Whether or not you become a pro, it still makes for an awesome time and fantastic home décor! Instructor: Joyce Menyasz from Joyce of Art! Cost: $64

NEW! SJCC Singers!
January 12
1:30 pm - 3 pm
Do you love to sing and want to have fun exploring all kinds of choral music? All are welcome! Conducted by soprano Rachel Eugster and accompanied by Aviva Lightstone.
SJCC Members $125 / Non-Members $140

Funny Girls by FilmShul
January 16
1 - 2:30 pm
We will explore attitudes, intelligence, style, and wit from such celebrities as Totie Fields, Joan Rivers, and Belle Barth to superstars like Fanny Brice, Gertrude Berg, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Presenters: Laurence Lerman and Irv Slifkin, in partnership with AJA 50+.
On Zoom - Cost $12

Imagining Jezebel in Graphic Detail
January 17 - February 7
Tuesdays, 1 - 3 pm
Shawna Dolansky and her research team's Women of the Ancient World (WOAW) feature the work completed to date on the biblical figure of Jezebel. Join Shawna in a walk-through over Zoom, as she discusses this new graphic and interactive approach to research and dissemination of historical information. Cost $165

Ukulele for Beginners
January 17 - March 7
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
A ukulele course for all abilities! Come learn the basics of playing and tuning the ukulele and you'll be strumming and humming along in no time! Then we'll put it all together!
Instructor: Angèle Jodoin, Cost $140

American Sign Language (ASL) Level 1
January 29 - March 5
Sundays, 1 - 3 pm
Students 16 years and over will learn to handle basic everyday communication: exchanging names, background information, making requests, giving opinions, and simple directions.
Cost $145

For further details on all events, contact Sue Potechin or visit the SJCC website.
Bring in Shabbat with Tamir
February 3
4 - 4:45 pm
Join Joel and Toby Yan for singing and dancing as we prepare to welcome Shabbat. The service will be projected for all to see and follow. All ages and abilities are welcome. Please let us know if an accommodation is needed.
Temple Israel
Havdallah on the Hill
January 14
4 - 9 pm
Join us for an evening of skiing and hot chocolate as Temple heads to Edelweiss with Student Cantor Mulcahy and our FROSTY youth leaders. Meet at the entrance of the lodge. Evening tickets at your own expense.
538, chemin Edelweiss, Wakefield, QC

Books and Bagels by Zoom
January 15
10 - 11:30 am
Rabbi Stephen Garten will review Can We Talk about Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused and Conflicted by Daniel Sokatch. Join us here
Contact: lilycox@bell.net

Song Session Shabbat
January 27
6:15 - 9:30 pm
Mark Evenchick will enchant us on guitar for an informal concert following Friday evening Shabbat services. We’ll have the chance to sing as well as nosh on coffee/tea and snacks. Our 6:15 pm service will be a Youth Led Camp Service.
Contact: Catherine Loves cathy@templeisraelottawa.com

Mental Health 101
January 29
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us for a session that will explore the myriad of ways that physical and mental health are interconnected and what you can do to improve your overall health. We welcome Annmarie Nicolson of the Royal to share words of wisdom.
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