Upcoming Events

9:30 am Books n Bagels
Books n Bagels
May 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Sunday, May 1, 2016 City of Abraham by Edward Platt will be reviewed by Howard Alper. Howard has been a member of Temple Israel since 1975. He is spearheading the Global Research Excellence initiative by the Governor General of Canada.
9:30 am Sunday School, JK – Grade 6
Sunday School, JK – Grade 6
May 1 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
For more information, visit our school page on Temple Israel’s web site.
9:30 am TIRS JK-Grade 6 Open House
TIRS JK-Grade 6 Open House
May 1 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Everyone is welcome! Kids bring your parents! For more information about TIRS and to RSVP contact Sue Potechin, Principal at 613-224-3313 or tirs@templeisraelottawa.ca
3:00 pm Multifaith Housing Initiative (M...
Multifaith Housing Initiative (M...
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
We will be putting together a team to participate in the Tulipathon walk on Sunday, May 1 at 3pm. More information will be available soon. Click here for flyer. Click registration for pledge form. MHI Annual Meeting will be held
10:00 am
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Florence Melton School of Adult Education: Scholars Course Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah: Secret Knowledge in Judaism with Rabbi Steven Garten Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a “closed book.” This
6:30 pm Yom Hashoa Program, High School
Yom Hashoa Program, High School
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
For more information, visit our school page on Temple Israel’s web site.

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Reminder the Temple Israel Religious School Open House is this Sunday from 9:30-12:30 at the shul, 1301 Prince of Wales. A great chance to learn more about the programs and Temple Israel. ... See MoreSee Less

Open House this Sunday May 1 at Temple Israel Religious School.

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Open House this Sunday May 1 at Temple Israel Religious School. ... See MoreSee Less

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A hearty Mazel Tov to Temple Israel's Merle Haltrecht-Matte for being named among Ottawa's Jewish Community Service Award Recipients for 2016!
Here is the release from the JFO:

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is pleased to announce the Community Service Award recipients for 2016. The first recipient of the newly established Student Award goes to Arielle Ellis. The Freiman Family Young Leadership Award recipient is Debbie Scharf and the Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award for 2016 is Merle Haltrecht-Matte.

The Student Award recognizes a student currently pursuing a post-secondary degree who demonstrates leadership and outstanding commitment to the Ottawa Jewish community.

Arielle Ellis has served as citywide president of Hillel Ottawa from 2013 until 2015 and she is still very involved in Hillel Ottawa's Tikkun Olam and Holocaust education projects as well as other aspects of the organization. She joined Hillel's executive board in 2012, quickly became one of its most passionate members, and was elected president in 2013.

Scott Goldstein, Executive Director for Hillel Ottawa says of Arielle, "I have been thoroughly impressed with the outstanding qualities she has demonstrated. I can honestly state that I have never crossed paths with a more dedicated and passionate Jewish student. Arielle has fought to make our city shine as an example to others seeking to create a warm and welcoming environment for everyone!"

The Freiman Young Leadership Award is given to a young leader who has demonstrated proven leadership to the benefit of Ottawa's Jewish community.

JET was Debbie Scharf's introduction to the Ottawa Jewish community when she moved to Ottawa after completing a graduate degree in environmental economics. Debbie joined JET's board in 2008 and became its chair in 2010 providing strategic guidance and financial stewardship of the organization. Debbie has also been on the Board of Ten Yad and was very involved in their chessed activities. She joined the Board of Torah Academy of Ottawa almost two years ago as treasurer and becomes its chair in June. Debbie was also part of the working group for the unification of Torah Academy and Rambam and is chairing their transition committee.

In his nomination letter on Debbie's behalf, Ilan Metz says, "Debbie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all her volunteering positions. She is dedicated, effective and efficient, and has made a strong contribution to all the organizations for which she has volunteered."

The Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer for a lifetime of service dedicated to the betterment and enrichment of Jewish life in Ottawa.

Merle Haltrecht-Matte is a teacher by training who has worn many volunteer hats throughout her life. She has volunteered for Ottawa's Kosher Food Bank and, in 2008 initiated the Baby Quilt Project which has made over 1,000 baby quilts that are sent to Israel. Her volunteer work with Temple Israel includes a 40th anniversary gala, chairing Temple's Social Action Committee for a number of years, sitting as a member of their board for several years and currently as a volunteer. She has also spent at least three years with IsraelConnect, a program that matches mentors and Israeli students via Skype to improve their English and reading.

In her nomination letter of support on behalf of Merle, Sarah Gordon says, "Merle has volunteered everywhere and anywhere...whether driving for Jewish Family Services or making mishloach manot for JET. She is an incredibly competent and gifted leader who simple does not know the word "no" when it comes to volunteering. She has truly contributed to the Ottawa Jewish community in an impactful way."

Yasher Koach to the recipients of this year's Community Service Awards who will be recognized at Federation's Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at the Soloway JCC. Please note that the Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award will be given out every two years. Accordingly, nominations will be accepted in 2017.
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This quilt was crafted completely by congregants for the 40th anniversary of Temple Israel which was in 2006. It took a year to produce, and is hand quilted by many hands!
The background is to look like an open Torah scroll, the colours are taken from the Western Wall in Israel (The Kotel) and the four sections represent the four main festivals in Judaism, from right to left:
* Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with the torah scrolls
* Shabbat table – with the stained glass Mogen David window
* Simchat torah, dancing with the torah – with the Ner Tamid (everlasting light)
* Pesach / Passover – with the Temple Israel tree of life
* All around are squares done individually by the children of the religious school
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