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!

This Week at Temple Israel

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Garten December 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm See more details

  • Insight into Judaism December 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm See more details

  • Shabbat Torah Morning Study December 10, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am See more details

  • Shabbat Service, Birthday & Anniversary Blessing December 10, 2016 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm See more details


Due to the absence of a quorum of members on November 17th, the AGM will now be held on December 16th at 6:00pm where we will propose a motion to ratify the reports and motions made by the members gathered on November 17.

It is hoped that all Temple members will attend this short meeting as well as the Kabbalat service and the special Chanukah dinner to follow. (See below for more information)
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Fun Facts for Temple Israel's 50th Anniversary.

Did you know that...

(161201) - The Four Hands piano concert coming up this Sunday is the latest classical music concert for Temple. Many have included performances by long time Temple member Dina Namer. Following the fire that destroyed the James St shul, a benefit concert was held at the First Unitarian Congregation on February 5, 1973.... Click for more details and images.
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A note from Rabbi Morais (please share)

Dear congregants,

On Thursday, December 1st, the Ontario Legislature will consider a motion rejecting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
BDS singles out Israel by targeting Israeli businesses, artists, and academics in an effort to delegitimize the Jewish state. BDS activities have directly impacted many in our community, particularly university students. Activists try to shut down any celebration of Israel on campus, activities that are central to nourishing a strong Jewish identity in our youth.
We recognize the importance of free and nuanced discourse on Israeli politics. There is a healthy diversity of opinion within the Canadian Jewish community, which we endorse and encourage. In contrast, BDS rejects any form of dialogue on Israel and focuses its energies on demonizing Israelis and rejecting the Jewish state's right to exist.
As leaders of our communities, we are dedicated to a pluralistic Israeli society that promotes equality and civil rights and to a Jewish state that strives for a lasting peace with its neighbours. The BDS movement's activities are antithetical to peace and hinder any form of dialogue between progressive voices on either side of the conflict.
Please take a moment today to send a note to your MPP, urging them to vote in favour of this important motion and send a clear message that BDS hatred is not tolerated in Ontario.
Rabbi S. Robert Morais
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