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It does not matter what kind of Jew you are: a traditional Jew, a modern Jew, a “non-practicing” Jew, a secular Jew, a Jew-by-choice, a wanna-become-a-Jew, a-maybe-might-be-interested-in-Judaism kind of person - Temple Israel is for you.
At Temple Israel, the treasure trove of Judaism’s 4,000 years of history and spiritual enlightenment is accessible; come pray with us in English as well as Hebrew. Temple’s Rabbi Rob Morais and Rabbi Emeritus Steven Garten are wonderful, inspiring teachers to all generations.
For the younger set, over the last fifty years Temple Israel Religious School has helped to impart Hebrew, Jewish tradition and history to hundreds of students from kindergarten to grade 10. Junior and Senior Youth Groups offer additional opportunities for young people to learn and become involved in community. Beginning this coming fall, Temple's Religious School will extend to grade 12 and offer two high school credit courses.
Temple, conveniently located on Prince of Wales Drive, can be your refuge, your place of self-renewal and inspiration, on Shabbat (the Sabbath) and on holy days such as Rosh Hashanah (the New Year), Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), Pesach (Passover) and the many in between.
Lifecycle events are an important part of Temple Israel life. While the happy ones are celebrated joyously, the community comes together in support of those experiencing sad ones.
Temple Israel participates in many community-wide events and efforts. Many members of Temple Israel have served in positions of leadership for the broader Ottawa community. Temple Israel has an active social action effort. Our most recent initiative in Social Action has been the Forum on Living and Dying with Dignity and the beginning of our Palliative Care Volunteers initiative.
Temple Israel offers a modern, diverse and accepting way of pursuing Jewish spiritual observance, leaning and tradition. Join us for Shabbat, for an adult education event, or any of the activities listed this website. Welcome!
January 31, 2018
Yesterday, the Jami Omar mosque in Bells Corners was tragically vandalized with racist graffiti. On behalf of Temple Israel, I have reached out to Imams Owais and Anver of the of the congregation to express my shock and disgust at the bigoted vandalism that they have suffered. This display of ignorance and racism has no place in our community! As people of faith we strive to make the world a better place though love and caring. To be attacked in this way is shocking and I am sure very distressing to the congregation. I hope you will join me in offering any support or help they may require.
As we have just commemorated international Holocaust Memorial Day, I am powerfully reminded of the message of Martin Niemöller a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. He wrote:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
We must all speak out with a load and clear voice opposing these horrible acts of hatred.
Salam! Shalom, Praying for peace!
Rabbi S. Robert Morais
Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel, Steven Garten explores aspects of the Jewish religion, people, and holidays, and gives insight on the ancient scriptures from a Jewish perspective.
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