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.

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 Shabbat services, Books and Bagels reviews, holiday celebrations and much more.

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 Events

Yom Shabbat, 27 Shevat 5782
  1. Sat 29

    Virtual Shabbat Service, Parsha Mishpatim

    Parasha MishpatimTorah ReadingExodus 23:20-30VIRTUAL Shabbat morning
    Jan 29 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am
  2. Sun 30

    Movie Time and Discussion with Temple Israel and Poteach Shearim Kiryat Shmona

    Get out the popcorn as we
    Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  3. Wed 02

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

    Come join us for an exciting
    Feb 02 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Wed 02

    Talmud Study on Zoom

    Feb 02 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
  5. Fri 04

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    Tune in to Facebook Live with Rabbi Mikelberg &
    Feb 04 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Feb 11 – To register, email tirs@templeisraelottawa.com
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

Honoring Korean Lunar New Year (Seollal)

Honoring Korean Lunar New Year (Seollal) jemerman January 28, 2022

Last year, I spent Seollal, or Korean New Year, with my family in Busan. The symbolism, the spirituality, and the elaborate order of charye remind me of Jewish holidays and rituals.

Remembrance and Beyond: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Remembrance and Beyond: International Holocaust Remembrance Day rj-admin-new January 27, 2022

What does it mean to remember? It is to live in more than one world, to prevent the past from fading, and to call upon the future to illuminate it.

Film Review: Breaking Bread

Film Review: Breaking Bread jemerman January 25, 2022

It's rare to find a documentary set in the Middle East that isn't mired in politics and discord. Rarer still is one bathed in the kind of optimism and goodwill found in Beth Elise Hawk's new film, Breaking Bread. An inside look at a three-day food festival in Haifa, Israel, pairing Israeli and Muslim Arab chefs, Breaking Bread pursues peace through the power of creating top-notch cuisine.

Going Beyond Roe to Honor its 49th Anniversary

Going Beyond Roe to Honor its 49th Anniversary jemerman January 24, 2022

Last Saturday, January 22nd, marked the 49th anniversary of the US Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The Roe decision was revolutionary, as it protected a pregnant person's right to have an abortion, without excessive government restrictions. Now, we face a grim reality that Roe may not reach its 50 th anniversary. This spring, the Court will deliver its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the case that could functionally overturn Roe. If this happens, almost half the states in the US are poised to ban abortion entirely.