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, most recently sponsoring a Syrian refugee family.

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!


High Holidays Reminder

Dear Congregants,

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 5777!

Please remember each person, including students, coming to the Services will need to show photo I.d., even if you have your tickets. Due to recent world events, we need to ensure that those coming to worship feel entirely safe and secure at our Services.

If you have not made payment arrangements in advance, when you arrive at the Hellenic Centre you will be asked to supply a credit card or bring a cheque with payment. If no other advance arrangement has been made with the Temple office you will be asked for the full fee for an adult guest ticket and will need to provide photo i.d.

Service Times - Parasha Nitzavim

Friday September 30
6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat
Pre Rosh Hashannah in Song (see below)

Saturday October 1
9:00 am Torah Study
10:15 am Shabbat Services
Our appreciation to Max Sternthal for sponsoring the
kiddush in honour of his 90th birthday.

Sunday October 2
8:00 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
(Hellenic Centre)

Monday October 3
9:30am Rosh Hashanah Children's Service (until 10am)
10:00 Juniour Congregation (grades 3-6) at Temple
10:15am Rosh Hashanah Service (Hellenic)

Next morning Minyan:
Thursday October 27

Next Birthday & Anniversary Shabbat:
(you will be invited to the bima for a special blessing)
For those with birthdays and anniversaries during the month October, please join us on October 22

New Member Shabbat
Saturday, October 22
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Remembering Shimon Peres. May his memory always be a blessing. ... See MoreSee Less

Photo: President Shimon Peres of Israel receives flowers from Ottawa Jewish Community School students during the Rideau Hall welcoming ceremony at the start of his state visit to Canada, May 7, 2012. ...

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Photo: President Shimon Peres of Israel receives flowers from Ottawa Jewish Community School students during the Rideau Hall welcoming ceremony at the start of his state visit to Canada, May 7, 2012. (Photo - Michael Regenstreif)

"You are as great as the cause that you serve, and as young as your dreams." It is a reminder that Israel, our communities, whether there or here in the Diaspora, and all of us as individuals, have hopes and dreams that we must continue to strive toward." - Shimon Peres

A message from OJF's Andrea Freedman on the loss of a great leader from Israel.

It is with great sadness that I write to you having learned of the passing of Shimon Peres, former President of the State of Israel, Israel's influential and most senior statesman. Peres suffered a massive stroke on September 13th and had remained in hospital since then.

Born in Poland, Peres immigrated with his family to Israel at the age of 11 and grew up in Tel Aviv. He became one of Israel's longest serving and most distinguished politicians. He was also the first person to have served as both Prime Minister and President of the State of Israel.

Peres served with distinction in 12 cabinets and twice as Prime Minister and became Israel's ninth President from 2007 to 2014. He retired as president in 2014 after more than half a century in public life. In 1994 he won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Peres had remained very active since retiring as president, working with the Peres Center for Peace, which he founded.

Peres came to Canada to represent Israel on many occasions in his many roles as a leading figure of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. His most recent state visit was in 2012 where students from The Ottawa Jewish Community School and community members attended a welcoming ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Michael Regenstreif, editor of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin wrote about Peres' 2012 visit in the May 21st issue of the paper saying, "...Peres is Israel's elder statesman. He has been at the very centre of Israeli political life for all of Israel's history. First as an adviser to Ben-Gurion, and his emissary, and then as a member of the Knesset, influential cabinet minister, and prime minister - he was acting prime minister for several months in 1977 and held the office officially from 1984 to 1986 and 1995 to 1996 - and now as president, Israel's head of state. When I heard Shimon Peres speak about the future and confidently envision a Middle East of peace and co-operation, the vision seemed like it really could come to be."

His passing marks that of an incomparable generation of leaders who raised the Jewish people from the ashes of European destruction. The former president's words and ideas, his optimism and his profound knowledge, have stirred us deeply. He will forever remain a symbol for all of us who hope for the prospects of a Middle East where peace and goodwill will guide relations between nations.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the people of the State of Israel. May his memory be a blessing.

Andrea Freedman
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This Week at Temple Israel

  • Kabbalat Shabbat service September 30, 2016 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm See more details

Come Celebrate Temple Israel's 50th Anniversary

Josh Dolgin

An Evening of Klezmer and Yiddish Music with Josh Dolgin and Friends

Co-hosted by Alan Neal and Laurence Wall from CBC Radio's All In A Day.

Klezmer and Yiddish concert by Josh Dolgin and friends on October 15 will be a lively launch for Temple Israel’s 50th Anniversary Year.
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Hear Josh Dolgin on CBC's Q

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1301 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa

Doors Open and Cash Bar at 6:30 pm. Concert at 7:30 pm.
$25 before Oct 5th - $30 after. Tickets at door subject to availability (Cash only)


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