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 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

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  1. Thu 11

    Morning Minyan on Zoom

    Join Ezra Miller and Mark Holzman
    Aug 11 @ 9:00am - 10:00am
  2. Thu 11

    Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Mikelberg

    Jews and the NewsWe’ll focus a
    Aug 11 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  3. Fri 12

    Outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    Services take place behind the Bayit
    Aug 12 @ 6:15pm - 7:30pm
  4. Sat 13

    Torah Study

     Virtual Torah Study with Rabbi Mikelberg
    Aug 13 @ 9:00am - 10:00am
  5. Sat 13

    Shabbat Service, Parasha Ve-etchanan

    Watch a recorded version later on
    Aug 13 @ 10:15am - 11:45am
  6. Thu 18

    Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Mikelberg

    Aug 18 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  7. Fri 19

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    This service is available in person
    Aug 19 @ 6:15pm - 7:30pm
  8. Sat 20

    Torah Study

    Virtual and in-person Torah Study with Rabbi
    Aug 20 @ 9:00am - 10:00am
  9. Sat 20

    Shabbat Service, Parasha Eikev

    Watch a recorded version later on
    Aug 20 @ 10:15am - 10:15am
  10. Thu 25

    Morning Minyan on Zoom

    Join Ezra Miller and Mark Holzman
    Aug 25 @ 8:00am - 9:00am
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

We're Hiring!

Join our team!

Temple Israel of Ottawa: Gan/Kindergarten Teacher, 1 Year Contract

Application closes July 13th, 2022.

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. 

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

The Blessings of Adult Education: Far More than Knowledge

The Blessings of Adult Education: Far More than Knowledge sdolgov August 9, 2022

Lifelong learning, however, can be easier said than done. For many, as they enter adulthood, with its competing demands and obligations, setting aside time for learning – and especially for Jewish learning – can be challenging indeed.

One of the Greatest Love Stories of My Life

One of the Greatest Love Stories of My Life sdolgov August 9, 2022

On this Tu B’Av, may we all seek out those people who are on our team through despair and delight, who can forgive and seek forgiveness, who see us for who we truly are and support us on the journey to becoming whoever we will someday be. And if your Valentine’s Day candy stash has run out, send those you love a note of sweetness and gratitude instead. Happy Tu B’Av!

Staying Connected After the B’nei Mitzvah: a Teen’s Perspective

Staying Connected After the B’nei Mitzvah: a Teen’s Perspective jemerman August 8, 2022

A common sentiment among Jewish-affiliated teens seems to be, after your b'nei mitzvah, religious school is over, right? Sure, you might come back for confirmation in a few years, but there's no real reason to stay involved. You're Jewish. You know that, your family knows that, and your friends know that. Staying involved is kind of a waste of time. Right? Actually, no. Even if you've had your b'nei mitzvah, there are benefits to staying involved with your Hebrew School and your religious education.

Magical Thinking: Superstitions and Other Persistent Notions

Magical Thinking: Superstitions and Other Persistent Notions jemerman August 3, 2022

Whether it is a lucky bracelet or a hamsa keychain amulet, superstitions believed to bring good fortune or ward off the bad are almost universal. They are the inspirations for a provocative new art exhibition: Magical Thinking: Superstitions and Other Persistent Notions.