Social Action

Please refer to the calendar for Social Action activities.
See what is happening with the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism, National Social Action Committee…read the Fall Newsletter.


Temple Israel Recognized for Multifaith Housing Initiative

Temple Israel has won the Multifaith Housing Initiative’s Dr. Farook Tareen Award for the most money raised by a faith community at the 2015 Tulipathon multi-faith walk for affordable housing! Big kudos to us!!

MHI is a federally incorporated charitable organization that was established in 2002 and currently includes more than 70 faith organizations.

Temple Israel was an early member of MHI and our congregants have continued to be actively involved ever since.  MHI’s mission is to provide and promote safe, affordable housing to lower income households in Ottawa.

Currently MHI owns forty-one affordable units at three different sites and is in the midst of building a beautiful new community of 98 family units in Barrhaven.

An initiative to build a 20-unit Veterans House for formerly homeless veterans is also underway.

The award will be announced at this year’s MHI National Housing Day multifaith celebration and reception which will take place at the Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 2:30pm.

The theme is “Ottawa – a city of Compassion” with the Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) Patrons from Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i, Hindu and Christian traditions each sharing their perspectives on the meaning of compassion and importance of taking action about homelessness and affordable housing.


Update on the refugee family sponsored by Temple Israel – June

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