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

  • Shemini Atzeret & Yizkor October 23, 2016 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am See more details

  • Simchat Torah celebration October 23, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm See more details

  • Talmud Class with Rabbi Garten October 26, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm See more details

  • Insight into Judaism October 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm See more details


Upcoming Duo Piano Recital at Temple Israel on Dec. 4 at 2:00 pm featuring Dina Namer and Robert Dvorkin. Thanks to our sponsor Mort Bercovitch! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sunday October 23, 2016

10:15 am - Shemini Atzeret Morning Service with Yizkor featuring our Liturgical choir

6:00 pm - Simchat Torah Celebration and Consecration
(Consecration of new religious school students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 )

Come dance with the Torah!

Be part of our "Unroll the Torah" circle. Have you ever seen an entire Torah unrolled? Simchat Torah - the joy of Torah is a time to celebrate and have a wonderful time. We will read the very last lines of Torah and then celebrate by beginning our Torah reading cycle once again by reading the very first lines of Torah.
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Throughout this 50th anniversary year, we will be sharing fun facts from Temple Israel's history. If you would like to contribute an idea, memory or image, please send them to

Did you know that ......
For fifty years we have celebrated Simchat Torah by dancing with our Torahs. Temple Israel has three Torah scrolls used for worship and a fourth scroll that was damaged in the James St fire and is only used for educational purposes. Our first Torah was donated by Temple Emanu-El in Montreal. According to then President David Alexandor, a dozen members were present at the ceremony in Montreal in April of 1967. Following the 1972 fire, a replacement Torah was immediately obtained from Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. Another Torah was donated anonymously during a Shabbat service taking place at the JCC on Chapel St. According to then President Irv Singer, later information revealed that Laz Loeb had taken his own plane and flown Rabbi Gerber to New York to choose the new Torah. Another of our Torahs has a direct link to modern Jewish history having come from a synagogue in a Czech village that had been destroyed during the Holocaust. The Nazis had confiscated, collected and catalogued Jewish religious items. After the War, the collection was curated by the Westminster Synagogue in London and individual scrolls were lent to congregations around the world, including Temple. In future Fun Facts we will talk about the beautiful mantles and ornaments that adorn our Torahs and the Aron Hakodesh/Ark in which they reside.
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