- 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.
Liturgical Choir News
Summer is here which means only one thing to the Liturgical Choir- rehearsals for this year's High Holy Day services will be starting soon (tentative date Thursday, June 29th). The choir is always looking for new members. Most of our repertoire is written in 4 part harmony, so you would be placed in a section depending on the range of your voice- for women either alto or soprano and for the men, either tenor or bass. Being able to read Hebrew is not necessary since the music is written in transliteration. The ability to read music would definitely be an asset, but is not mandatory. Besides our regular rehearsal sessions, you will have access to a wonderful learning tool on the computer to help you master the music. What is required is commitment. We rehearse throughout the summer, mostly once a week, and in September as the holidays draw near, sometimes twice weekly. Also an option, by members' requests, sectional rehearsals can be added at any time.
If you are considering joining the Liturgical Choir this year, I would love to hear from you. I'll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Being part of a choir is an amazing experience, blending your voice with others, singing in harmony, with great joy and spirit- what could be better? You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me at 613-828-2288.
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Steven Garten, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel of Ottawa and Mohamad Jebara, Chief Imam, Cordova Spiritual Education Center were honoured Monday with the Wallenberg Citation for their joint work in confronting antisemitism. The ceremony took place in the newly-renovated Sir John A. MacDonald building on Parliament Hill and was emceed by the Hon. David Kilgour. The well-attended event included beautiful singing by Cantor Daniel Benlolo and Floralove Katz, Celtic Tunes by Kevin Dooley and Family and a violin performance by Ralitsa Tcholakova. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was honoured with the International Wallenberg Citation, an honour that was accepted by the Chargé d’Affairs of the German Embassy in Ottawa on behalf of the Chancellor. ... See MoreSee Less
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Garten! Please join us!
Wallenberg Citation Initiative
Confronting Anti-Semitism by Promoting Raoul Wallenberg
Invites you to our annual Award Ceremony and Concert
MONDAY, JUNE 19
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
On Parliament Hill
Room 100, Sir. John A. Macdonald Building,
144 Wellington Street
The 2017 National
Raoul Wallenberg Citation
For Moral Courage in the Face of Anti-Semitism
Imam Mohamad Jebara
Chief Imam, Cordova Spiritual Education Center
Rabbi Steven Garten
Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel
The 2017 International Awardee will be announced
Featuring, In Concert:
Chazzan Cantor Daniel Benlolo
Celtic Tunes by Kevin Dooley and Family
Golden voice of Floralove Katz, and
Melodic strings of concert violinist Ralitsa Tcholakova
MC: Hon. David Kilgour
To secure a spot on the RCMP security list for Parliament Hill please email Daniel Stringer at
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