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Quick Calendar for
Mar. 1 - April 1

March 3 - PJ Library,
PJ in PJs Shabbat

March 3 - SJCC, Music of Gabriel Fauré

March 3 - JET, Young Adult Shabbat Dinners

March 7 - OrH, Tuesday Night Shirah Music Circle

March 8 - Federation, Celebrating Indigenous and Jewish Women Entrepreneurs of Ottawa

March 9 - MOMentum Israel Trip for Women

March 10 - OrH, Freylekh Friday

March 16 - PJ Library, Babies and Bagels

March 17 - CBTO, Pre-Shabbat Concert and Family Dinner

March 18 - OrH, Jewish End-of-Life Practices

March 19 - Books and Bagels by Zoom

March 21 - Ottawa Jewish Comedy Festival, Jews on the Roof

March 23 - OJCS, La Franco fête

March 26 - Pop Up Restaurant - Sushi

March 26 - SJCC, Humans of Tel Aviv
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Ottawa Jewish Community Service Awards 2023
Nominations are now open!
Do you know someone who goes above-and beyond, and is frequently volunteering? Give that special person the recognition they deserve - nominate them for one of three awards. Awards will be presented at our Annual General Meeting on June 14, 2023.
Celebrating Indigenous and Jewish Women Entrepreneurs
March 8
7 pm
This International Women’s Day, Federation is teaming up with Adaawe Indigenous Business Hub to showcase and celebrate the success of local Jewish and Indigenous Women entrepreneurs.
Join us for an in-person networking event, panel discussion with four fascinating business women, and light reception.
338 Somerset Street West, Suite #1
NEW! POP UP Restaurant Experience
Coming soon!
Five days, five cuisines and five locations. Federation and OVH are teaming up to bring you a new tasting experience, starting with a Sushi Night in a still-secret location on March 26.
Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
PJ Library
PJ in PJs
March 3
5 - 6:30 pm
Hop into your PJs with PJ Library to welcome Shabbat with songs, stories, yummy challah, pizza dinner and grape juice. Special musical guest David Kogut!
Free event!
Soloway JCC,
21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.
Babies and Bagels
March 16
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Whether you are new to parenthood, looking to make new friends for you or your little one, or you just love a good bagel with shmear... this is the place for you!
Join us monthly for fun age-appropriate activities, bagels, coffee and great conversation in a home-setting.
Contact: Emily at
PJ Parent Night Out!
March 29
7-9 pm
PJ Parents, take a night off on us! Come out to meet other PJ Ottawa parents, be treated to dinner and dessert and have some kosher craft beer made by our very own PJ Family, the Shillows! First 25 couples to register will get a special giveaway!
$10 per person (single ticket) or $15 per couple (2 tickets)
Shillow Brewery, 1458 Cyrville Rd
Community Events in alphabetical order by organization name
Congregation Beit Tikvah
Pre-Shabbat Concert and Family Dinner
March 17
5:45 - 7:45 pm
Parents and children are invited to join CBTO for a wonderful homestyle family shabbat with Rabbi and Adina Kravetz! Get in the spirit with a pre-shabbat concert, enjoy a family candle lighting, and then celebrate with Kabbalat Shabbat and a homestyle, kid friendly dinner! Cost $15
Contact: Aryeh Kravetz
15 Chartwell Ave.
JET Ottawa
Young Adult Shabbat Dinner
March 3
6 - 8:30 pm
Join JET Ottawa's young adults (in their 20s and 30s) for a traditional, home-cooked Shabbat meal! Generally held at Rabbi Zischa and Lauren Shaps's home in Centrepointe, enjoy delicious foods like freshly made challah, potato kugel, chicken, and more.
Email if you are interested in attending.
MOMentum Israel Trip for Women  
March 9
7:30 pm 
Recharge your soul! Learn more about this year-long Jewish journey for women who have children under the age of 18 living at home. Includes an eight-day trip to Israel. Trip leaders: Nikki Shapiro, Jenny Shinder and Evelyn Silverman
Trip dates are Oct. 23 - 30, 2023.
In-person at Soloway JCC or via Zoom. 
Or Haneshamah
Tuesday Night Shirah Music Circle
March 7
7 - 8:30 pm
Join us for informal liturgical music making. It's a chance to learn and practice melodies for our Shabbat and festival services, to build our harmonizing muscles, and to enjoy some musical company. No Hebrew or music reading skills required.
Room 5

Freylekh Friday
March 10
5:30 - 9 pm
Freylekh Fridays is a monthly, multigenerational Shabbat evening, complete with a family-friendly Teddy Bear Shabbat, a potluck dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat and a guest speaker ready to spark discussion and introduce new ideas to mull over all weekend! Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Ottawa

Jewish End-of-Life Practices
March 18
1 - 2 pm
End-of-life issues are never easy to talk about, let alone experience. Yet advocates in this field hear over and over how preparing beforehand can be a meaningful experience, for the person who dies, for the family and friends who are left behind and for the community. Led by Judith Wouk, this two-part series will focus on customs and rituals in the Jewish community. You do not need to attend both parts. If you missed part 1, there is still plenty to learn.
Contact Jenny Burns at

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 30 Cleary Ave.
Ottawa Jewish Comedy Festival 
Jews on the Roof
March 21
8 - 10 pm
Hosted by Ben Bankas and a hilarious line-up of Jewish comedic talent from all over Canada. When your history is full of pogroms and persecution, what else can you do but laugh? Join us for a night of laughs and chutzpah – though we can’t promise it’ll all be kosher! Headlined by: Jackie Mason's Daughter "Sheba Mason"
Sponsors: Israel Bonds, Soloway JCC, Jewish Federation of Ontario Microgrants
Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St.
Soloway Jewish Community Centre

The Music of Gabriel Fauré
March 3
1 - 2:30 pm
Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924) was the foremost French composer of his generation. He wrote many instrumental masterpieces, but is particularly known for his vocal works, both choral music and art songs. We will present some of his most beautiful songs, many of which will be familiar. Pianist, Katherine Addleman and Soprano, Sophie Bertrand. Cost $15
Humans of Tel Aviv
March 26
1 - 2:30 pm
Photojournalist Erez Kaganovitz, will share what he has learned from taking over 2,000 photographs. It's actually 'Tel Aviv 101" for those who want to better understand one of the most liberal cities in the world. On Zoom. Powered by Jewish Federation of Ottawa Microgrants.
Sponsors: Greenberg Families Library, Vered Israel Centre
21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.
Unless otherwise noted, please contact Sue Potechin at for further information.
Temple Israel
Books and Bagels by Zoom
March 19
10 - 11:30 am
Professor Deidre Butler, Director of the Zelikovitz Centre at Carleton University, will review “People Love Dead Jews” by Dara Horn. According to Kirkus Reviews, this is “a guided tour of the hypocrisy that serves as the mechanism by which antisemitism rages on unchecked.”
All are welcome, no registration is required.
Contact Lily Cox at
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