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.

Capital Pride 2016

Temple Israel members celebrated as part of Capital Pride parade in Ottawa.


Update on the refugee family sponsored by Temple Israel – June

A Syrian refugee family sponsored by Temple Israel is starting to settle 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. Some of that support comes in the form of communication with the family and helping them through a recent visit to CHEO to help one of the youngsters improve her nutrition intake. 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.

During a Shabbat service in June, many came out to share in the celebration of Temple’s efforts and had the opportunity to meet the family and extend prayers for healing.

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.

Throughout spring and into the early summer, family members continued their school and English lessons. The father is making headway in his efforts to network and find a job in his field. He is anxious to begin working and independently support his family. He is available for general painting through the summer. Please contact Temple if you have some work that needs to be done.

Also this summer, the boys are taking swimming lessons and the entire family has been registered for a family ESL day camp.

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