Since its founding, Temple Israel has established for itself a significant niche in the Ottawa Jewish Community as the standard bearer of Liberal Judaism in the nation’s capital. The Congregation can look back with satisfaction on its growth from a marginal group, meeting for Friday evening worship services on the premises of the old Montefiore club, to an active and ital congregation of over 385 families with a building of its own and ambitious plans for the future.
Some Significant Dates In Our History
• Friday, December 2, 1966 – The Jewish Reform Congregation of Ottawa held its first religious service and Oneg Shabbat at the W.E. Gowling Public School. The membership numbered 17 families.
• March 12, 1967 – The constitution was ratified and the name, Temple Israel, chosen. The membership numbered 29 families.
• 1967 – Temple Israel Religious School was started; the choir was formed; and the first consecration service was held.
• September 1971 – The congregation moved into the James Street Synagogue.
• 1974 – Membership now numbered 80 families.
• April 27, 1975 – A ground breaking ceremony took place at 1301 Prince of Wales Drive, and construction began on the first permanent home for Temple Israel.
• 1980 – The construction of the Bimah and Ner Tamid was completed.
• 1988 – Membership reached 300 families.
• 1991 – Temple Israel celebrated 25 years.
• 2006 – Temple Israel celebrated 40 years.