Social Action

Please refer to the calendar for Social Action activities and details.

Truth and Reconciliation Task Force

Temple Israel established the Task Force to address and respond to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and most speci cally recommendation #49 which calls upon “all religious denominations and faithgroups who have not already done so to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius”. Our goal is to do so in a manner that is consistent with Jewish values and ethical commitments, as illustrated by the June 2015 Statement of Solidarity and Action prepared by several national Jewish organizations, including the Canadian Council of Reform Judaism.

In this undertaking we have been blessed with a wonderful and knowledgeable partner in Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller who is an assistant professor in Carleton University’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.

Check our calendar for upcoming events.

Our Refugee Families

February 1, 2019 – Sarah, our newcomer, and her little boy are adjusting well, although the cold weather is a challenge for them!

May 2017 – WorldLink: Canadian Jews embrace Muslim refugees from Syria
The Al Zahars settled in Ottawa after the local Jewish community offered to cover all their costs.
Listen to the audio.

Gesherim V’Kesherim – Bridges and Connections

If a tornado destroyed our Temple what would become of our congregation? We would seek new ways to congregate, to connect Jewishly, to help each other. We would build bridges over the rubble so we could connect with each other to meet our individual and communal needs – spiritual, physical, social, emotional…

The truth is we don’t need a catastrophe to create need in our Temple Israel community. And all of us at some point need a helping hand.

A new Temple Israel initiative, Gesherim V’Kesherim, will, with help from all of you, address those needs. With all that Temple has to offer, we know that many congregants are left behind or find themselves alone after being hospitalised or returning home from hospital, a respite stay or rehab or just simply because that are alone. We are looking for Temple members to commit whatever time is feasible to help build connections when announced. Volunteering to bridge with others will strengthen your connection to our community.

Please respond to Susan Fried, Merle Haltrecht-Matte or the office with expressions of interest or to learn more about this initiative.

The Baby-Quilt-to-Israel Project

June 2019 Update – Baby quilts continue to be made at Temple Israel, then taken to Israel, and delivered to daycare centres, neo natal units in hospitals, family agencies. schools, nurseries.

Read the latest thank you letter from Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, Jerusalem.
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

Temple Israel launches Palliative Care Outreach Program

OTTAWA, April 2, 2017 —  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.