Social Action

Please refer to the calendar for Social Action activities.


Social Action Retreat at Camp George

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Social Action Retreat

Friday June 2 – Sunday June 4, 2017
At Beautiful URJ Camp George

Please RSVP no later than April 30, 2017 to Sandy Levy (

Join our Reform Jewish community for a weekend focused on social action, advocacy and community building!


Good Samaritan Food DriveThe Good Samaritans Inter-Faith Food Drive

The Good Samaritans Inter-Faith Food Drive is primarily an action of Inter-faith Solidarity in a time of increased religious intolerance.

Good Samaritans invite Ottawa believers to join us in an Inter-Faith Food Drive to feed the poor in our community and show solidarity with one another. Bring some non-perishable food to your place of worship this Mother’s Day weekend as you go to pray. We are asking the place of worship to announce the food drive several times and deliver the food donations to the Ottawa Mosque parking lot, where volunteers will load it onto Ottawa Food Bank trucks.

Through the Good Samaritans Inter-Faith Food Drive, religions are working together cooperatively for the public good. Beyond the issues arising in these troubling times, this inter-faith, cooperative activity highlights the value religious believers bring to civic life, as engaged citizens committed to Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Beloved Community”, social justice and caring for the most vulnerable among us. Non-believers are also welcome to participate.

Places of Worship can deliver their food donations to our central drop-off point at the Ottawa Mosque, 251 Northwestern Avenue @ Scott St., on Friday May 12 from 3 to 7 pm, Saturday, May 13 from Noon to 7 pm or Sunday, May 14 from 1 to 7 pm.

In deepest gratitude for your cooperation,

The Good Samaritans Leadership Mosaic: Elder A. Dumont, Imam Z. Delic, Rabbi R. Bulka, Rev. Dr. A. Bailey, Fr. J. Kabangu, Ms. M Stark, Sr. N. Tareen, Rev. J. Wilker-Blakley, Rev. J. Lam.

Project Managers: D Stringer, & B Stringer,

Temple Israel launches Palliative Care Outreach Program

OTTAWA, April 2 —  Temple Israel, Ottawa’s Reform congregation, on Sunday held a public forum on advanced care planning and announced the launch of its own volunteer-based Palliative Care Outreach Program. More information in this article.

Palliative Care public forum, Temple Israel, April 2, 2017
Palliative Care public forum, Temple Israel, April 2, 2017
L-R Temple Israel’s Pamela Cogan, RRT, CRE, Dr. Paul L Hacker, M.D., former Senator Sharon Carstairs, Temple Israel Rabbi Rob Morais, Ottawa South MPP John Fraser Photo credit: Mark Holzman, Temple Israel.
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Guide for the Members of Temple Israel Ottawa – Death and Dying Handbook
Jewish Memorial Gardens – Information Sheet
Temple Israel Bereavement Support Group – Information

Multifaith Housing Initiative’s annual fund raising walk, the Tulipathon

May 7, 3 pm

Please support Multifaith Housing Initiative’s annual fund raising walk, the Tulipathon, on May 7th to provide good quality affordable housing for low-income households in Ottawa.

Donate to the Temple Israel Team (tax receipts for $15 or more) and if you are able to do so, join the walk. It will take place starting at 3 p.m., near Commissioner’s Park at Dow’s Lake.

Donate through CanadaHelps, indicating Tulipathon Fund and noting Temple Israel Team in the message box.

Or, if you prefer, you are welcome to provide Fran Klodawsky, with a cheque or cash (as well as your contact information) and I will add it to Team Temple Israel pledge sheet and arrange for a tax receipt if applicable. You are also welcome to contact Fran with any questions you might have.


Update on the refugee family sponsored by Temple Israel

A Syrian refugee family sponsored by Temple Israel is settling in nicely in Ottawa.
Members of Temple have continued support for the family since their arrival from the civil-war torn country earlier this year. The parents have passed on their deepest of gratitude for the kindness and support they have received from Temple members – especially the committee that has been on the front line in this effort.

Members of the committee that has driving Temple’s initiative have worked tirelessly for months on this effort and the family has been deeply touched by everyone’s warmth and welcoming.

They think of our shul as their family and expressed thanks to the community, Rabbi Morais and to everyone at Temple who helped in the special event.


The Baby-Quilt-to-Israel Project

October 2016 Update – about 1100 (ELEVEN HUNDRED) baby quilts have been made and taken to Israel, and delivered to families, agencies, daycare centres, hospital nurseries. Twenty-six preemie quilts went to CHEO during the 1st week of October.

Look who is on the front page of the latest Ottawa Jewish Bulletin! It’s Temple Israel’s Merle Haltrecht-Matte – volunteer extraordinaire. Mazel tov from all of us and thank you for being such an inspiration.

Featured article in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin – April 4, 2016…turn to page 13.

Baby Quilt Project celebrates 1000 quilts

The Bayit is open on Friday mornings to work (in the sweat shop!), but if you are unable at that time to help and are interested in providing some time to the project, you can also work at home. You can cut out pieces of fabric, you can design a quilt top, you can sew together pieces to make a top, you can wash and iron fabrics, you can hand sew bindings on. ANY one can help. Cotton fabrics can be donated. We are always on the lookout for battings for the inside of the quilts; it seems to be the one thing that no one thinks of donating!
Just email