The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is providing a compilation of initiatives in support of Israel and the wellbeing of our community.

As new programs are popping up quickly with short turnaround, we ask for your help in gathering this information. Please submit new events & initiatives here. Thank you and Kol Hakavod to everyone working so hard to support each other.

Important new resource:

Earlier this week, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and Rise Up Ottawa! hosted a Q & A Webinar, "Know Your Rights" with human rights attorney Lawrence Greenspon and Ottawa Police Services Sgt. Ali Toghrol, of the Ottawa Police Hate and Bias Crimes Unit.

This session covered many pressing subjects like what a hate crime is and how to report it.

Federation has transcribed and summarized the information here.

A video of the session may be viewed here.

Support for Israelis Sheltering in Ottawa

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is working with Jewish partner organizations to help Israelis – including individuals, families, and seniors, who are sheltering in Ottawa during this crisis. Together with Jewish Family Services and others, we are assessing needs on an individual basis and providing access to a network of programs and supports including childcare, schooling, programs for seniors, counselling, and food security.

Please fill out this survey to get started.



Become a Jewish Community Advocate

Jewish community advocates play a vital role in representing and advancing the interests, concerns, and well-being of the Jewish community. 

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is seeking advocates to combat antisemitism and to support Israel.

Please fill in this form to help us identify your area of interest and we will reach out to you with a toolkit.


Crisis Counselling: Jewish Family Services is providing Single session counselling services for those who are struggling with the impacts of the terror attacks and war in Israel. Visit here.

For children: How to talk about war, and reassure, visit here.

Be vigilant: In case of an emergency, your first call should always be 9-1-1. For non-emergent threats, please call the Ottawa Police Services PS non-emergency line at (613) 236-1222 or open an online case here.

Combatting Antisemitism:

Resources and incident reporting in schools and on university campuses, visit here.

For Staff working in the Jewish community

(Jewish and non-Jewish):

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) is offering virtual support groups. They are open to all staff working in the Jewish communal organizations. Membership in the NJHSA is not necessary.


Link to learn more

MicroGRANTS are available

Federation may be able to provide funding for your program. Any organization or individual may apply for up to $2,500 ($1,800 for technology ask) in funding for local events, activities and programs including those in support of Israel.

Apply here

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Unity Shabbat for Israel

Jewish Federations, ADL, AJC

This Shabbat, November 17-18

Join Jews around the country to come together this weekend for a Shabbat of Unity. We ask that all Jews light a memorial candle in honour of those who were murdered in Israel and those who have sacrificed their lives fighting for the Jewish State. We also suggest that you light an extra pair of Shabbat candles, that you recite prayers for Israel and the hostages, and that you end Shabbat by reciting Psalm 121.

Mindfulness For Anxious Jews

Healing with Hannah via Zoom

Monday, November 20, 2023

9 am

FREE Drop in Group on Zoom

Join a supportive space where you can connect with others who want to learn skills to calm the nervous system. (Ages 18+)

Zoom Meeting ID: 895 0815 5332

Passcode: PEACE


Deidre Butler: Keeping Canadian Campuses Safe for Jewish Faculty and Students

Kehillat Beth Israel

Tuesday, November 21, 2023


$36 per person

1400 Coldrey Avenue

Dr. Deidre Butler is the Director of the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies and as Associate Professor specializing in Jewish Studies in the Religion program at Carleton University's College of Humanities. She teaches in the areas of modern Judaism, antisemitism and the Holocaust, gender and sexuality. She is the co-founder of the Network of Engaged Canadian Academics (NECA) which supports faculty in combating antisemitism, defending academic freedom, and protecting Jewish identity of Canadian campuses.

Register here

Trivia Night Fundraiser!

Ottawa Jewish Community School, Kehillat Beth Israel

Saturday, November 25, 2023

7:30 pm

Soloway JCC, 31 Nadolny Sachs Private

Join a Trivia Night Fundraiser with proceeds going to Givat Haviva, an institution in central Israel that's currently housing 260 displaced Israelis. The centre provides people with a place to live, food, and activities, especially for the kids, to help them feel some sense of normalcy. As well as mental health services by volunteer specialists. Register here.

Challah Bake

Kehillat Beth Israel

Sunday, November 26, 2023

3:30 - 5:30pm

1400 Coldrey Avenue

During these difficult times, we need each other more than ever. In that spirit, we invite you to come to a gathering where we will bake Challah and write letters to send our love and support to Israel. We will provide all the necessary ingredients to make Challah, which you can take home to bake. Our letters will be sent to our sister congregation Netzach Yisrael in Ashkelon and to IDF soldiers.

Register here

Together Shabbat

Ottawa Torah Centre

Friday, December 1, 2023


OTC - 111 Lamplighters Drive

Join Ottawa Torah Centre for a delicious gourmet dinner in a warm and elegant atmosphere as we united and strengthen each other. A celebration of Jewish identity with uplifting and inspiring messages.

Register here

Run for their Lives - Ottawa

Weekly on Sunday, early afternoon

Alternating between Westboro and Alta Vista locations

Our goal is to join together and run or walk for 18 minutes, once a week while the hostages are still in captivity.

To Register email Stacy Goldstein or Serdj Toporov

Please refer to the following for more information

Run for their Lives

Ottawa Facebook Page

Collecting Supplies and Essentials for Israel

Federation CJA

As the war continues, many of us are looking for ways to show our support and solidarity with our Israeli family. The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is supporting this initiative from Federation CJA in Montreal. There is an urgent need for 300 rain jackets and rain pants.

Donated items will be delivered directly to the thousands of families affected by the war in Israel.

Please send new items from the attached list or purchased through the following sites.

Israel Collection: Items List


If you choose to purchase items on your own, please ship to:

Federation CJA - Israel Relief Collection

5151 Cote-Ste-Catherine

Montreal, QC H3W 1M6

SAR-EL CANADA: Canadian Volunteers For Israel

December 3, 2023, or later


A SAR-EL work program includes:

Free accommodation on the army base you are assigned to, Sunday morning through to noon, Thursday. Free kosher meals, work uniforms, lectures, and possible guided trips,

Plus immense satisfaction for helping Israel.

Learn more here.

Masa Volunteers


Since October 7, volunteers across Israel have been providing crucial assistance to those affected by the war, showcasing Israeli and Jewish resilience. Due to the high demand for volunteer work in Israel, Masa has created a new volunteer initiative, a six-week volunteer program in Israel, turning your compassion into action. Find out more and apply here 

BUYcott Israel

Visit this Facebook page to learn about how to shop to support Israel page. Please join and share within your personal and professional networks. We are curating a list of Jewish-owned business. If you know of any post the details on the page.

Daily webinars on timely issues

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI)

Every Sunday to Thursday

11-11:30 am ET

Institute is hosting daily webinars, sponsored by Jewish Federations and the Jewish Agency. A rotating team of analysts of Israeli military affairs, the U.S.-Israel relationship, Israel’s political system, and the country’s diverse society will speak.

Join here.

Rapid Response Legal Task Force


We need lawyers ready to be involved and to work to face the onslaught on antisemitism we are seeing.

CIJA’s Legal Task Force is already active. If you have time and expertise, please consider joining one of the following groups

•   Labour/Employment/Human rights

•   Criminal

•   Not-for-profits/charities

•   Campus

•   Constitutional/Administrative  

•   Immigration 

•   Professional Regulation

•   Schools (Primary and secondary)

•   Legal Research

•   International law

Please identify which team(s) you can contribute to and send us an email at or contact Adam Dodek to let us know.

If none of the teams present a clear selection, please don’t hesitate to send us an email and volunteer. Varied skills are welcomed and needed.

Advocate for Israeli Hostages

Canadian Red Cross

Jewish Federations worldwide are joining an urgent campaign for transparency on hostage welfare with the Red Cross. International law grants the Red Cross visitation rights to hostages, yet access has been denied, constituting a war crime. 

Help us demand action by flooding the Red Cross with messages advocating for our abducted loved ones. Amplify the call to "Bring Them Home" by sending a pre-drafted message to the Red Cross and standing together in this critical cause. Take action here.

Pajamas for Israel

There are many children in Israel who are displaced and don't have warm clothing. Please donate PJs for children ages 0-18 between November 6 - 17.

PJs collected will be sent to Kibbutz Maigav Am Hazafon

Contact Hili for the drop-off location.

Meal support for Israeli families

relocating to Ottawa

Ten Yad

Ten Yad is offering meal and other support to Israeli families relocating to Ottawa who have been directly impacted by the war. As well, they are offering support to any family whose spouse is returning to Israel to join the IDF. Support for each situation is assessed on a case by case basis. 

For more information, contact: 

Phone contact: 613- 618-0485

Please share your events & initiatives in support of Israel here.