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.

Shanah Tova!
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

Shana Tovah and hooray for 5783!

We can’t wait to welcome you home to Temple Israel.

Building Renewal

Temple Israel’s building has served us well for 47 years, but it’s time for a refresh. Updates to improve accessibility, security, safety and aesthetics will ensure that our building can best serve the needs of our current membership and next generations.

Building Renewal exterior image
Door to the Future

Job Opportunity:
Building Renewal Capital Campaign Administrator

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sept 20, 2022

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.

Get our weekly email...

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.

Recorded Virtual Services, Programs and Celebrations

Our video gallery contains links to past Books and Bagels reviews, holiday celebrations and much more. Past Shabbat services can be found on our Facebook page.

Innovation grants create endless possibilities

A Jewish Federation of Ottawa grant has helped us purchase high-tech equipment and allowed us to connect to congregants in their home. Read more.

Upcoming

Yom Shishi, 5 Tishri 5783

  1. Fri 30

    Shabbats with Student Cantor Ilana Mulcahy

    Sep 30 @ 12:00am - 11:59pm
  2. Fri 30

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    Sep 30 @ 6:15pm - 7:15pm
  3. Sat 01

    Torah Study

    Virtual and in-person Torah Study with Rabbi
    Oct 01 @ 9:00am - 10:00am
  4. Sat 01

    Shabbat Service

    Oct 01 @ 10:15am - 11:45am
  5. Sun 02

    Get Informed on the Building Renewal Project and Upcoming Vote in Person

    On October 13, 2022, members and
    Oct 02 @ 10:00am - 11:00am
  6. Mon 03

    Insight into Judaism

    Oct 03 @ 7:00pm - 9:30pm
  7. Tue 04

    Yom Kippur

    Oct 04 @ 12:00am - 11:59pm
  8. Tue 04

    Family Fun Yom Kippur

    Family Fun Yom Kippur (5:00-5:45 pm,
    Oct 04 @ 5:00pm - 5:45pm
  9. Tue 04

    Early Kol Nidre

    Early Kol Nidre (6:30-7:30 pm, Sanctuary):A
    Oct 04 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  10. Tue 04

    Traditional Kol Nidre

    Traditional Kol Nidre (8:00, Sanctuary): We’ll
    Oct 04 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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.

Temple Israel’s leadership is preparing for a major facility upgrade to serve our current membership and the next generations. After more than 40 years, our building has a number of structural challenges and there are new needs to be fulfilled in order to continue to serve our congregation with strength.

Temple Israel’s 47-year-old building requires updating for accessibility, aesthetics and safety reasons. Figurr Architects is designing a small addition at the parking lot side and various interior renovations. 

Renovations focus on core themes of: 

  • Accessibility 
  • Improving aesthetics 
  • Refreshed select interior spaces 
  • Safety and technical upgrades to bring the building into 2022

The project is being overseen by the Building Renovation Action Committee (BRAC) headed by Margot Montgomery and Patsy Royer. 

Door to the FutureTemple Israel’s building has served us well for 47 years, but it’s time for a refresh. Updates to improve accessibility, security, safety and aesthetics will ensure that our building can best serve the needs of our current membership and next generations.

Building Renewal exterior image

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Antisemitism Finally Hits Home for Me

Antisemitism Finally Hits Home for Me jemerman September 29, 2022

In the many years (57 to be exact) that I have been in an interfaith marriage, I felt somehow removed from antisemitism. I was raised in a Roman Catholic family, and, while there were a few comments from aunts and uncles when I got engaged, it was the 1960s, and I was in love. I believed we would figure it out as we went along.

Rebuilding After the Storms of Life: An Interview with Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Rebuilding After the Storms of Life: An Interview with Rabbi Joseph Meszler jemerman September 22, 2022

We sat down with Rabbi Joseph Meszler, author of "The Sukkah in the Storm: A Sukkot Story," to discuss the ways this story teaches children about strength, resilience, community, and asking for help.

Keeping Family Close, Regardless of Distance

Keeping Family Close, Regardless of Distance jemerman September 21, 2022

As I boarded the plane to Israel in the summer of 2002 for my first year of rabbinical school at HUC in Jerusalem, my mother said, "Please, just don't meet an Israeli." As soon as the plane touched down at Ben Gurion airport, I knew that I was home. A few months later, I met that Israeli. From our first conversation, he understood that I was studying to be a rabbi, and I understood that he wanted to live only in Israel.

A Vegan Rosh HaShanah for a Sweet New Year

A Vegan Rosh HaShanah for a Sweet New Year jemerman September 14, 2022

I am vegan because I am Jewish. Everything that led me to a vegan practice came from my childhood where I kept kosher, learned by asking thoughtful questions, and practiced daily rituals like hand washing and reciting brachot that brought intention to aspects of daily life.