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!


The spirits of Temple Israel members were anything but dampened by the torrential downpours the precedes Sunday's Capital Pride parade downtown. Pam Cogan (foreground) snapped this selfie of the group (does that make it a groupie?). In the background are Tonya Pomerantz and Glenn Johnson. We were alongside two rabbis, a cantor and members of other Ottawa shuls, who also had a great time showing support for #OttawaPride and the LGBTQ community. ... See MoreSee Less

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Temple Israel members celebrated as part of today's Capital Pride parade in Ottawa. Members of several shuls took part. ... See MoreSee Less

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Membership Task Force (MTF) Members Needed

Lend your talents to strengthening Temple's inclusive Jewish community that welcomes all who seek spiritual connection.

Temple is looking for members to help for the next 18-24 months (June 16 to Dec 17). The committee members will tackle the challenge of developing new strategies to retain and increase membership and volunteer engagement and reduce financial obstacles to Temple membership.

Year 2 (2017) will focus on implementation. This is a key part of the first year Strategic Implementation Plan. Initially the MTF will develop a strategy to retain members. For more information, contact Glenn Johnson, Task Force Chair at or Margot Montgomery or Jim Farrow, Co-Chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee at

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