Shavuot is May 25-27!
Quick Calendar for
May 3 - May 31

May 3 - OTC, Dreams, Spirits, Astrology and Superstition in Jewish Belief

May 5 - Temple Israel, Shared Society in Jerusalem

May 7 - PJ Library, Jews of Colour Family Day

May 7 - OJCS, Community Casino Night

May 7 - TRY, Teen Info Session; semester in Israel

May 7 - SJCC, Hebrew comedian Yossi Gavni

May 9 - Ripple Effect and Chabad of Centrepointe, Lag Baomer Walk & Roll 4 Inclusion

May 11 - Federation, Periphery Film and Discussion Panel

May 14 - Mother's Day, Tribute cards

May 15 - Israel Bonds,
Israel at 75 Celebration

May 16 - Embassy of Israel, Israel at 75 Celebration

May 16 - PJ Library, Babies and Bagels

May 18 - JNF, Ottawa Pop Up Office

May 18 - JET, Unity Live

May 27 - OrH, Shavuot Ice Cream Special

May 27 - OrH, Toke n' Torah

May 28 - PJ Library, Shavuot Slumber Party

May 28 - Musica Embraica - Concert

May 28 - OrH, Swinging for Syrians Concert and Fundraiser
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Federation Events
"Periphery" Film and
Discussion Panel
May 11
7 - 9 pm
In celebration of Jewish Heritage Month, join us for an in-person screening of the documentary film "Periphery," and a discussion panel with Yonatan Belete and Akilah Allen-Silverstein, co-founders of No Silence on Race, a Jewish non-profit organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Jews from multi-ethnic and multi-racial backgrounds.
Special dessert reception with treats from around the world, to follow. All are welcome.
Tickets $10, register here
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr.
Contact: Anne Read at
Emerging Generation, Machzikei Hadas and
Glebe Shul
Coming Soon! Young Professionals Shabbat Dinner
June 2
7 pm
Get together with old friends and other young professionals and make connections that will last a lifetime.
New: sit with singles of your age and other seating options.
Early bird pricing - per person before May 16: $32
Contact: Michael at
PJ Library
Jews of Colour Family Day
May 7
2-4 pm
Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month! crafts/activities and storytime led by PJ Library, then move outside for a picnic and playdate! This is a great opportunity for families to get to know each other: facilitated discussion led by Gillian Koh (Founder of Multiracial Jewish Family Group).
Contact Emily at
Babies and Bagels
May 16
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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
Shavuot Slumber Party at TIRS!
May 28
5 - 8 pm
Grab your sleeping bag, put on your PJs and get ready to stay up late for Shavuot! We'll watch Encanto and find out if the rumours are true that the Family Madrigal is a Jewish family. Learn the cool history of Latin American Jews for Jewish heritage month. Cheese pizza and ice cream will be served. Stuffies welcome! Register here
Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Dr.
Contact Emily Litvack at
Community Events in alphabetical order by organization name
A Ripple Effect & Chabad of Centrepointe
Lag Baomer Walk & Roll 4 Inclusion & Festival
May 9
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Join us for a grand walk & roll for inclusion followed by a BBQ and carnival for the entire community! Giant inflatables, face-painting, cotton candy, popcorn & much more!
Entrance & entertainment are free, and food is for sale.
Sponsor a walker here
Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Ottawa Microgrant
Centrepointe Park, 260 Centrepointe Dr.
Embassy of Israel in Canada
Israel at 75 Celebration
May 16
9 - 5 pm
Please join us as we celebrate 75 years of the State of Israel with guest speakers, panels, and lively discussions about Canadian-Israeli relations. As well, we will endeavour to look ahead to the next 75 years for Israeli culture and society.
RSVP to Bar Kremer at with your full name.
Sir John A Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St.
Israel Bonds
Israel at 75 Cultural Celebration
May 15
7 - 9 pm
Mark Israel’s 75 years of independence and the Jewish State's relationship with Canada in one magical night! Proudly presenting Israeli Gold Record Artist Gilad Segev in this exclusive performance. While in Canada, Segev will be collaborating with local artists, including Inuk singers and the Tamir Neshama Choir. Wheelchair accessible. Sponsors: Canada Israel Securities Limited, Jewish Federation of Ottawa MicroGrant
Contact Anita Almstedt at
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
355 Cooper St.
Jewish Unity Live
May 18
6 - 9 pm
Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim with Ottawa's Jewish community at JET's annual event. Honouring the passionate and dedicated Mrs. Ellie Greenberg and featuring a special guest speaker from Israel, Rabbi Ken Spiro on Jerusalem - Then, Now and Forever, this is sure to be a dynamic night you don't want to miss. Catered by CKC, there is a sit-down dinner option as well as a dessert and shmooze following the event. Contact:
Machzikei Hadas, 2310 Virginia Dr.
JNF Ottawa 
Pop-Up Office
May 18
2:30 - 5:30 pm
Come see what's happening with JNF Canada. Meet up with staff, drop off and/or pick up a Blue Box, order tree cards for Father's Day and more. Hope to see you!
Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.
Musica Ebraica
One People, Many Melodies Concert
May 28
7:30 - 9 pm
Join us as we salute the 75th anniversary of Israel, with music echoing the many sounds of warmth, unity and hope.
Favourites in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and French and a world premiere by Conductor and well known local musician Larry Tarof. Tickets $20 available here and cash only at the door.
KBI, 1400 Coldrey Ave. Visit
Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation
Mother's Day is May 14
Honour the women in your life by sending them a card by mail or an e-card! We are delighted to launch a new tribute card design by artist Janet Dollin to help celebrate this special day.
Visit or contact the Tribute Card Coordinator at 613-798-4696 x 274 or by email at
Ottawa Jewish Community School
Community Casino Night
May 7
6:45 - 10 pm
Join us for a well-deserved night out for adults (no children please) in the Ottawa community. A fun evening of food, drinks, and casino games!
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Ottawa Microgrant
Or Haneshamah
Teddy Bear Shabbat
May 12
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Welcome Shabbat with Rabbi Zuker in this family-friendly event, held on the second Friday of each month. Sing Shabbat songs and enjoy snacks and cupcakes. This free program is geared at families with young kids. All ages and exceptionalities (and stuffies) are welcome. Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Ottawa

Freylekh Fridays
May 12
5:30 - 9 pm
Freylech is Yiddish for fun for All ages! Join us for this multigenerational hub of food, songs, stuffies and guest speaker Pierre Anctil. Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Ottawa

Shavuot Family Program and Ice Cream Social
May 27
10 am - 12:30 pm
Join us for flower crown, Torah games and ice cream!

Toke 'n Torah
May 27
7 - 9 pm
For thousands of years, mystics and spiritualists of all kinds have used mind-enhancing substances to elevate their experiences, from wine to plants and psychedelics. In honour of Shavuot, we will gather to consume cannabis and study Torah together in search of insight and inspiration. Free. BYOC (cannabis), some munchies will be provided and more are always appreciated
Room 5 and the backyard
Contact Deborah Zuker at

Swinging for Syrians Concert and Silent Auction
May 28
6 - 9 pm
Or Haneshamah and 1st Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa are co-sponsoring a Syrian refugee family of nine to come to Canada. This fundraiser will feature the Silver Swing Band, with food provided by members of the Syrian Community of Ottawa. All proceeds will go to the family. Please join us!
Tickets are $35 from the 1st Unitarian office by emailing

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 30 Cleary Ave.
Ottawa Torah Centre
Dreams, Spirits, Astrology and Superstition in Jewish Belief
May 3, Wednesdays until May 24
7 - 8:30 pm
As we understand the natural world better, many of us have grown more fascinated by mysterious topics like the meaning of dreams; the existence of angels, demons, extraterrestrials and the power of the evil eye. This course provides Jewish perspectives and guidance for those curious about these perennial questions.
Cost: $90
111 Lamplighters Drive
Soloway Jewish Community Centre
Yossi Gavni comedy show
May 7
7:30 - 9 pm
Join us for a night of comedy in Hebrew with stand up comedian Yossi Gavni from Israel.
Sponsor: Vered Israel Cultural and Education Centre
Tickets $65 here
Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.
Temple Israel
Shared Society in Jerusalem
- How We Live Together
May 5
6:15 - 8:15 pm
Michal Shaul Vulej, Deputy CEO and Reham Abu Snineh, East Jerusalem Manager of the Jerusalem Business Development Centre will speak about their experiences and work to help empower and support under-served communities in workforce development and business opportunities. Sponsors: The Asper Foundation and The Jerusalem Foundation of Canada
1301 Prince of Wales Dr.
Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY) Teen Info Session
May 7
7 - 7:45 pm
Are you a high school student? Want to spend a semester in Israel? Join us in person, or on Zoom, to hear all about this once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience for Grade 10-12 Jewish high school students. Students explore their Jewish identity and connection to the land while travelling, exploring and making friendships of a lifetime. As a fully accredited high school, we ensure students meet all academic requirements.
Contact Nicole Dror at
Kehillat Beth Israel, 1200 Coldrey Ave.