Who We Are
Temple Israel is Ottawa’s Reform congregation where Jewish Life Happens — committing ourselves to Kehilah, K’lal Yisrael, and Tikun Olam.
We are a dynamic and welcoming congregation (Kehilah) where varied Jewish experiences offer pathways to learn and to experience God for all, respecting tradition and creating new celebrations.
We are an active liberal presence in the larger Jewish community (K’lal Yisrael).
We strive through social action to fulfill the Mitzvot of caring for others (GimilutChasadim) and repairing the world (Tikun Olam).
We also offer stimulating and relevant Jewish education for members’ children from Kindergarten to Grade 10 at our Temple Israel Religious School.
Temple Israel is a sacred community. It is a home for familes of all constellations, for individuals whose life choices are varied, and for all age groups. What unites us is a personal commitment to pursue the sacred in a community of like-minded Jews.
Baruchim Habaim! Welcome to Temple Israel!
– Rabbi Emeritus Steven Garten
A Member of the Union for Reform JudaismTemple Israel occupies a unique position in Canada’s National Capital. Founded in 1966, Temple Israel is Ottawa’s only Reform Jewish Congregation. As an active member of the Union for Reform Judaism, Temple is linked to the Reform movement in North America, Israel and around the world.
We are united with nearly one thousand congregations in North America through commitment to a progressive approach to Jewish religious life. Temple Israel is committed to Jewish worship, Jewish practices and Jewish values infused with sensitivity to our people’s traditions.