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Quick Calendar for
May 20 - June 30

Until May 30 - Clean Speech Ottawa

May 20 - JDAIM Community Conversation part 1

May 20 - SJCC, Live Tour of the Museum of the People

May 20 - Federation, Book Discussion on "We are the Weather"

May 23 - CBT, Virtual Date Night

May 25 - SJCC, Challenges of Quarantine Parenting

May 26 - Temple Israel, Looking...for Courage in Times of Struggle

May 26 - J-Fellows Session 4: Risk Taking with Corey Sauve

May 27 - Federation, Book Discussion on "We are the Weather"

May 28 - Temple Israel, CJPAC Shabbat

May 30 - JET, Jewish Unity Live - online!

June 2 - JDAIM Community Conversation part 2

June 3 - Foundation, AGM 50th anniversary

June 6 - CHW, Virtual Spring Tea

June 11 - Temple Israel, Family Fun Shabbat Finale

June 16 - Federation, AGM

June 17-30 - SJCC, Israeli Film Festival

June 24 -Tamir, AGM
Summer employment opportunities!
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Call to Action:
EG Canvassers 
Consider the satisfaction that comes from raising much-needed funds for our community agencies. If you can spare 2-3 hours this fall to meet-at-a-distance, Zoom, call, email or text, please volunteer to canvass for the EG Annual Campaign. Training will be provided. 
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Call to Action:
EG Canvassers 
Looking for purpose in uncertain times?
Consider the satisfaction that comes from raising much-needed funds for our community agencies.

The Annual Campaign brings people together through shared values and for the common good.

If you can spare 2-3 hours this fall to meet-at-a-distance, Zoom, call, email or text, please volunteer to canvass.

Training will be provided and your help will be sincerely appreciated. Please contact Lindsay Newman
Ottawa Jewish Archives
Do you have family photographs you're willing to share? If so, contact the Ottawa Jewish Archives at
Online synagogue resources: Please visit here and check under "spiritual" for links to various congregations' online programs.
Everything we do today, will define who we are when this crisis is over. There is a choice to be made to ensure the vibrancy of our Jewish future. Donate NOW.
The Centre for Israel
and Jewish Affairs
National Canadian Jewish Community Briefing
Learn. Mobilize. Act.
6:30 pm
Join thousands of your fellow Jewish Canadians for a National Briefing for the Canadian Jewish community on how we can move forward together in the face of growing antisemitism.
On the agenda: concrete actions we can take now.
Why? Because there is strength in unity.
Jewish Federation of Ottawa events
Annual General Meeting  
June 16
7 pm 
The Chair and Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa cordially invite the community to attend our AGM.
Agenda to include:
Honouring Community Service Award Winners: Debbie Halton-Weiss, Joel Diener, Barbara Levinson, Madelaine Hill Werier, Jonah Rabinovitch, Joelle Soriano.
Also, appreciation to our outgoing Chair Michael Polowin,
welcome to incoming Chair Ian Sherman and business updates.
Jewish Takes on Climate Change: A Book Discussion on "We are the Weather"
May 27
12 pm
Join anytime in this four-part "lunch and learn" book discussion group and explore what three millennia of Jewish wisdom have to say about the central dilemma of our time - climate change. Together, we will read We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Starts at Breakfast by contemporary Jewish author Jonathan Safran Foer and discuss our role in mitigating climate change and repairing our world. This is a free event.
Contact: Anne Read at
Emerging Generation
J-Fellows • Speakers Series
May 26
7 - 8 pm
Session 4: Taking Risks with local entrepreneur Corey Sauve.
Join fellow young adults for a candid discussion with local entrepreneur Corey Sauve, founder of Flapjack’s Canadian Diner and Pudgyboy’s, on the vital role risk-taking plays in leadership development. Free. Find out more about J-Fellows here. Chairs: Arielle Goldberg and Simone Davis
Contact: Anne Read at
Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation
A Special Annual General Meeting in honour of our 50th Anniversary
June 3
7 pm
Please join us for a special retrospective with photos, anecdotes and more to mark the past five decades;
We will also be honouring our outgoing Chair Lawrence Weinstein and welcoming our new Chair Lawrence Soloway.
Agenda to include congratulations to the G.J. Cooper Scholarship Award recipient, and the Ilana and Steven Rubin Education Scholarship recipients; Foundation business update.
Community Events in alphabetical order by organization name
CHW - Children, Healthcare and Women
Ottawa Virtual Spring Tea
June 6
2- 3:15 pm
Experience a Spring Tea on Zoom among friends, in support of the CHW Debbie Eisenberg and Gary Levine Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Shamir Medical Centre in Israel. 
The 2021 virtual tea promises a welcoming atmosphere, culinary delights, an art auction and draw. A treat for tea-goers will be a live patisserie demonstration by Ilan Dagan, the Israeli and Paris Cordon Bleu-trained chef who famously catered the Parliament Hill Canada Day celebrations. Meet the first woman to lead a governmental hospital in Israel, Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach, Director-General of the Shamir Medical Centre. This is an afternoon not to be missed! Cost: $18
Clean Speech Ottawa
Daily until May 30
"Change the world... one word at a time!" 
Over 25 Jewish organizations are participating in this groundbreaking, community project. Join us daily by email or Facebook, and gain deep insights into the Jewish wisdom of words! Find out how we can use our words to heal (and avoid causing hurt). Join us for some or all.
In just three minutes a day, learn how the power of words can upgrade your life!
Congregation Beit Tikvah
(Virtual) Date Night with Beit Tikvah
May 23
8 - 9 pm
Join other couples for a (virtual) date night! Mix your own drink, make an appi, and enjoy dessert — all while supporting local businesses! All supplies will be delivered to your door! Cost: $40
Jewish Unity Live - online!
May 30
7 - 8:30 pm
Join us online to connect through JET's annual Jewish Unity Live event, as we continue our mission to unify and inspire the Jewish community of Ottawa. Please join JET as we honour Rabbi David & Aviva Rotenberg for their countless community efforts. This evening will be complete with the amazing story and music of Nissim Black, an American-Israeli rapper and producer.
$54 - Program and dinner, catered by A Dashing Pinch and delivered to your door the day of the event.
$18, $25, $36 (suggested donation) - program only.
Place an ad in the event journal or register online at
Kehillat Beth Israel
A Fireside Chat
May 27
8 - 9 pm
Hosted by CJPAC and CIJA, this is a fireside chat between elected officials (TBC) and Rabbi Kenter about how they got their start in politics and the importance of community involvement and political engagement. Register here

A Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi
June 13
11 am
Israeli journalist Yossi Klein Halevi discusses "Being a Peacemaker: The Search for Understanding in an Era of Division."
Soloway JCC
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Live tour of the Museum of
Jewish People in Tel Aviv
May 20
3 pm
Explore highlights of the spectacular new museum to learn about the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish people. We will make stops on each of three expansive floors of the new building, where the diversity of the Jewish world is revealed through extraordinary artifacts, state-of-the-art displays, immersive video and world-class art.
Please email to receive the zoom invite.
Sponsor: Vered Israel, SJCC

Challenges of Quarantine Parenting
May 25
10:30 - 11:15 am
Family Life Centre - an informal discussion on challenges of quarantine parenting. 
Contact: Ella at to receive the zoom invite.

Ottawa Annual Israeli Film Festival
June 17-18: "Forgiveness"
June 20-21: "Asia"
June 24-25: "Peace and War"
June 27-28: "Kiss Me Kosher"
June 29-30: "Here We Are"
Contact Ella Dagan at for information.
Sponsors: Vered Israel, Embassy of Israel, SJCC, CICF
JDAIM Community Conversation - 2 Sessions
May 20 and June 2
1 - 2:30 pm
Join Tamir in Session 1 to learn, discuss and add more feedback to results from the 2021 Jewish Disability Inclusion Awareness Month (JDAIM) survey. 
Session 2: June 2, 1 – 2:30 pm will focus on moving beyond conversation to exploring and planning for steps that can be taken in both the short and long-term to address barriers to inclusion. Both sessions will be facilitated by People Minded Business, an organization that specializes in inclusive consultation, collaboration, and co-creation.
Contact: Jodi Green at

Tamir Foundation Annual General Meeting
June 24
6 - 8 pm
Please join us! You are invited to Tamir Foundation Annual General Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Contact: Francesca Davila
Temple Israel
Looking to our Texts for Courage in Times of Struggle
May 26
7:30 - 9 pm
Starting a new clergy position often entails learning the customs of a community, getting to know the congregational family, settling into a new home etc. For Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg and Rev Gary Van Der Meer, Rector at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, their new beginnings also included a global pandemic! The unique challenges of “going virtual” have been trying at times, both have had to look to faith for strength – faith in one another, themselves and the Eternal. One year in, let’s learn about the traditional textual sources that have given them hope and grounding.
Contact: to receive Zoom link.

CJPAC Shabbat
May 28
6:15 - 8:15 pm
Election fever is in the air. We welcome Lorne Geller, Assistant Director of Outreach and Engagement for CJPAC for an informative D’var Torah grounding us in the various ways we can display our civic pride. CJPAC is a national, independent, multi-partisan organization whose mandate is to engage Jewish and pro-Israel Canadians in the democratic process and to foster active political participation. Let's make our voices heard!
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Family Fun Shabbat Finale
June 11
5:30 - 6 pm
Shabbat Finale: Where did the year go? – Since Sept we’ve constructed Sukkahs out of pillows, we’ve made masks for Purim, we’ve built lego towers for Passover. So much fun, who can keep track? For this final Shabbat of the school year, let’s think about all the wonderful things we love about being Jewish!
Contact: to receive Zoom link.
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