50th Anniversary Celebrations

Temple Israel celebrates 50 years50th Anniversary cake

Anniversary Commemorative Shabbat Service

On June 10th as we devoted a Shabbat service to remembering, reflecting and reveling! Our service was enhanced by our 50th Anniversary Choir made up of both past and present choir members.
October 2016 marked the beginning of Temple Israel’s 50th Anniversary Year. Throughout the year we had many wonderful events to help us celebrate.

Celebrating 50 years

Concert by Josh Dolgin (aka socalled) – kickoff to Temple’s 50th Anniversary year

Josh Dolgin (aka socalled)Our kickoff began with a lively concert at Temple Israel on October 15, 2016. TI’s own Klezmer and Yiddish recording artist Josh Dolgin, aka socalled thrilled us with his music and humour. The evening began with havdalah led by our youth. The sold out concert was hosted by CBC radio personalities Alan Neal and Laurence Wall.
More about Josh
Hear Josh Dolgin on CBC’s Q

Fiftieth (50th) Fun Facts

How much do you know about Temple?
Check out our Temple Israel Fun Facts…weekly facts about Temple and its history. Tell your family and friends!

Temple Israel 50th Anniversary Panel Series, “Thinking about social action: the next 50 years”

The Aging Rebel

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Jewish Perspective on Climate Change

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Our first in the series: “Jewish Perspectives on Climate Change” and included a panel of speakers; held December 12, 2016.

Our next in the series , “The Aging Rebel: Retaining Your Power” Mini-Conference; held June 4, 2017. See our photo album on Flickr!

Temple’s Got Talent!

Temple’s Got Talent was held Sunday, April 30th. See our photo album on Flickr!

Author Presentations: Max Sternthal – My Cousin Danny and His Mysterious Box ; My Journey: Beyond  St. Urbain Street; Anne Shmelzer – A Marginally Noted Man;
David Handelman – Jimmy Meets Sam the Squirrel, a Children’s Book series;
Tonya Pomerantz – Unlock Your Future: The 7 Keys to Success
Noon musical interlude: Allison James Gang with Rick Labovitch, Jessica Labovitch & Howard Kaplan
Author Presentations: Deborah Gorham – Marion Dewar: A Life of Action, Renie Grosser – In  My Anecdotage, Allan Silburt –  A Colourful Life:  The Art and Drawings of Josh Silburt
Mid-afternoon musical interlude:     David Michaelson
Artists/ artisans: Ellen Asherman, Joan Brody, Bonnie Cooper, Hyman Cooper, Susan Gold, Susan Fisher, Merle Haltrecht Matte, Shaina Lipsey, Jordana McIlhinney, Cheryl Pagurek, Joyce Pagurek, Diane Parkin, Michael Parkin, Louise Rachlis , Margo Rosen, Lisa Rosen, Patsy Royer, Roz Tabachnick
Authors: Gabriella Goliger, Debbie Gorham, Renie Grosser, David Handelman, Tonya Pomerantz, Allan Silburt, Anne Shmelzer, Max Sternthal
Musicians: Allison James Trio with Rick Labovitch and Howard Kaplan, David Michaelson

Temple Israel Reflections

Reflections - Celebrating Temple Israel's 50 yearsReflections of Temple Israel. Listen to congregants tell their stories.

50th Anniversary Photos

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50th Anniversary Kippot50th Anniversary Kippot

We sold royal blue micro-suede Kippot in recognition of our 50th Anniversary Year. The silver engraving read “Temple Israel Ottawa celebrating 50 Years”.

50th Anniversary Quilt labelsBaby Quilts project to make 50 baby quilts for Israel

Our ongoing project of sewing baby quilts continued during our 50th year. During HHD 2017, they will all be displayed, and then taken to Israel for use in families with babies.

 Other Events

Zafra Lerman speaks at Temple Israel

June picnic


  • Reunion Choir: Current and former choir members reunited to sing at a Shabbat service.
  • Monthly Temple Lay Leaders’ Memories Shabbats.
  • Ethnic Shabbat Potluck Dinners to celebrate Temple’s diverse congregation.
  • Special Yiskor Service that focused on Temple’s founders and early members.
  • Temple Israel Religious School and FROSTY events included 50 Random Acts of Kindness, FROSTY’s Alumnae Homecoming Shul-in and FROSTY’s Regional Event.

Special thanks go out to our 50th Anniversary Co-Chairs Pat Dunphy and Margot Montgomery!