Temple Israel is Ottawa’s Reform congregation where Jewish Life Happens — committing ourselves to Kehilah K’lal Yisrael, and Tikun Olam.

We are a dynamic and welcoming congregation (Kehilah) where varied Jewish experiences offer pathways to learn and to experience God for all, respecting tradition and creating new celebrations.

We appreciate at Temple Israel that there are so many ways to partake in Jewish life. Some of us like to sing and pray, some of us like to engage in traditional texts, and of course some of us live to schmooze and nosh. Temple Israel can be your spiritual hub to gather as one.

Chanukah 2021

Join us for Chanukah 2021!

Chanukah 2020

Connect with Us

Worship with us...

Live and recorded services are on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

What's coming up...

Our weekly schedule includes service and program details.

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Our weekly email includes details on services, programs and more.

Read the Bulletin

Our bi-monthly Bulletin includes worship schedules, leadership messages and much more.

Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat Service Attendance

No need to pre-register to attend in person. Capacity is limited in accordance with guidance from Ottawa Public Health and government recommendations. We ask that participants be double vaccinated (children included) plus 14 days and symptom-free; wear masks and respect social distancing. When you arrive you’ll need to sign in with your contact information.

We’ll continue to use Zoom and Facebook and are refining the best way to meet our synagogue needs, both in person and virtual.

Temple Vaccination Policy

Temple Israel has made every effort during the pandemic to keep our facilities clean and to provide a safe place for our community. In our ongoing effort to further reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and consistent with the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate Program, Temple Israel requires proof of vaccination (issued by a government entity) for all staff, members and attendees at services and events, that are 12 years old and up to gain entry to the Temple building for Temple services and events. This will be revised when vaccination is available for younger cohorts.

Temple members and guests will be asked to present proof of vaccination either via forms or through a screenshot on their phone as well as a piece of photo ID. Those who are either unvaccinated or who are unable to provide proof of vaccination will be denied access to the building. Events that include children under 12 (e.g., Bar/Bat Mitzvas) will be handled at the discretion of Temple staff and leaders.

Members or guests who are not vaccinated due to medical reasons will be asked to provide a medical exemption certificate from a physician.

As always, members and guests are asked to screen for covid symptoms, use hand sanitizer on entering the building, always wear a mask in the building and its vicinity, and observe physical distancing. Please do not come to Temple if you are feeling unwell.

Virtual Services and Programs

Our video gallery contains past Shabbat services, Books and Bagels presentations and more.

Yom Sheini, 25 Kislev 5782

Upcoming Events at Temple Israel

  1. Sun 28

    Chanukah – Honouring the Chanukah Heroes Who Represent Our Lights

    For all Chanukah programming and registration,
  2. Sun 28

    Chanukah Film Festival

    Celebrate the Hanukkah season with eight
  3. Mon 29

    Insight into Judaism

    This course will run on Monday
    Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Tue 30

    Promoting Better Health and Well-Being for Seniors Vital Living Program 55+

    Come join us for an exciting
    Nov 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Wed 01

    Talmud Study on Zoom

    Dec 01 @ 12:45 am - 2:00 pm
  6. Fri 03

    Family Fun Chanukah

    Dec 03 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  7. Fri 03

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service on ZOOM

    Dec 03 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  8. Sat 04

    Torah Study

    Torah Study with Rabbi Mikelberg or Rabbi
    Dec 04 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  9. Sat 04

    Shabbat Service

    Shabbat ServiceParsha Miketz
    Dec 04 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am
  10. Mon 06

    Junior Youth Group Kippah Making Club

    Dec 06 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
We are a home for individuals and families of all ages whose life choices are varied.

Diverse and Inclusive

We are a home for individuals and families of all ages whose life choices are varied.
Jewish life happens in a variety of ways at Temple Israel.

We Do Judaism Creatively

Jewish life happens in a variety of ways at Temple Israel.
We strive through social action to fulfill the Mitzvot of caring for others  and repairing the world.

Tikkun Olam-Social Action

We strive through social action to fulfill the Mitzvot of caring for others and repairing the world.

Temple Israel Religious School

What We Offer

  • Creating Jewish Community
  • Instilling Jewish Values
  • Building Jewish Community that grows with your child
TIRS

Community Partners

Jewish Federation of Ottawa

Jewish Federation of Ottawa

The Federation works to translate Jewish values into social action through four pillars: building, educating, helping and supporting.

Reform Jewish Community of Canada

Reform Jewish Community of Canada

The Reform Jewish Community of Canada  (formerly the Canadian Council of Reform Judaism) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world.

CIJA

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs - CIJA

Fighting anti Semitism

It’s time to push back against the world’s oldest form of hate.

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

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