- Life Cycle
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!
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.
Shabbat is our weekly celebration of the beauty of creation. It is meant, as Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has observed, to be "the lived enactment of the messianic age, a world of peace in which striving and conflict are (temporarily) at an end and all creation sings a song of being to its Creator."
Last week Shabbat was desecrated in Charlottesville, Virginia by the virulent anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry of white supremacists and Neo Nazis gathered there. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, murdered in a car rampage, and send wishes of refuah shleimah, healing of the body and of the spirit, to those injured and affected by the violence. In particular, we stand in solidarity with our fellow URJ Congregation Beth Israel of Charlottesville, which had been subject to intimidation and threats of violence over the course of last weekend.
In a recent interview with CNN, Rabbi Thomas Gutherz, Senior Rabbi of Beth Israel of Charlottesville quoted Rabbi Nachman of Breslov's insight "If you believe you have the power to ruin, believe you have the power to repair". There is hope. What is broken can be repaired. But it takes work.
We affirm the statement of support and call to action issued by Rabbi Yael Splansky of Holy Blossom Temple: "...The events of last weekend only reinforce the fact that injustice for some lead to injustices for all.
Elie Weisel famously taught, "We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the centre of the universe."
If people cannot be free and secure in North America in 2017, then where? We know how precious are the democracy and protection we enjoy at this time and place. We also know now how fragile they can be. Just societies are only as strong as the justice demanded by its citizens.
Vigilance is required of each of us now.
As Elie Wiesel further taught, "the opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference."
Let us come together to repair the brokenness on display in Charlottesville, and now, as we write this, in Barcelona, and elsewhere. Bring your ideas forward! We cannot afford to be indifferent.
Let us take this coming Shabbat as an opportunity to renew our commitment to Letaken Olam BeMalchut Shaddai, to repair the world to make it a place worthy of God.
Patsy Royer, President
The Executive Members of Temple Israel
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Pride Shabbat - Celebrating Inclusivity
Friday August 25th
Congregation Or Haneshamah and Temple Israel are joining together for a special Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday August 25th at 6:15pm at Temple Israel. We will celebrate our communities' shared vision of an inclusive, warm and welcoming Jewish community. The service will be led by Rabbis Liz Bolton and Rob Morais.
Sunday August 27th
Our congregations will join together again for Ottawa's Pride Parade. We will meet for brunch at 11:30 am at Jericho restaurant, 840 Bank Street. We meet up for the parade in front of Centretown United Church, 507 Banks Street, at 1:30 pm. ... See MoreSee Less
Weekly Service Times
Thursday, August 10
NO Morning Minyan
Friday August 11
6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Sevice
Saturday August 12
9:00 Torah Study
10:15 am Shabbat Morning Service
Friday August 18
6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Sevice followed by our
Bring Your Own Dinner
Saturday August 19
9:00 Torah Study
10:15 am Shabbat Morning Service ... See MoreSee Less
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