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.

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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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Read the Bulletin

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

Welcome Back Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat

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.

Virtual Services and Programs

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

Yom Shishi, 18 Tishri 5782

Upcoming Events at Temple Israel

  1. Sat 25

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Shabbat morning is a highlight of
    Sep 25 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 pm
  2. Sun 26

    Books and Bagels

    Sunday, September 26 on ZOOMApeirogon by
  3. Mon 27

    Simchat Torah on Zoom

    Friends of all ages are invited
    Sep 27 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
  4. Mon 27

    Insight into Judaism

    This course will run on Monday
    Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Tue 28

    Yizkor Services

    Yizkor Services are at 10:15am and
    Sep 28 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am
  6. Wed 29

    Talmud Study on Zoom

    Sep 29 @ 12:45 am - 2:00 pm
  7. Sat 02

    Shabbat Morning Service

    Shabbat morning is a highlight of
    Oct 02 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 pm
  8. Sun 03

    Truth & Reconciliation – Shared Narratives of Hardships, United Hope for Healing

    Sunday October 3 at 10 a.m.
    Oct 03 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
  9. Mon 04

    Insight into Judaism

    This course will run on Monday
    Oct 04 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  10. Wed 06

    Talmud Study on Zoom

    Oct 06 @ 12:45 am - 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

The More Torah, The More Life

The More Torah, The More Life jstern September 23, 2021

When I became rabbi of Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, NJ, I quickly discovered that some people in our community thought we were a church. Mail was addressed to “Monmouth Reformed Temple,” and letters were addressed “Dear Pastor.”

Creation, Chaos, and Children

Creation, Chaos, and Children jstern September 17, 2021

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. God said: “Let there be light.” And there was light.

Sukkot Breads in Fall Colors

Sukkot Breads in Fall Colors jstern September 13, 2021

Decorate your Sukkot table with Ethiopian, North African, and Sephardi breads full of fall colors and tantalizing spice mixes and broaden our palates to the customs of worldwide Jewish communities. Laden with seasonal honey, pumpkin, or orange, they don’t need braiding, and they make perfect gifts.

7 Jewish Endeavors to Make 5782 a Sweet New Year

7 Jewish Endeavors to Make 5782 a Sweet New Year jstern September 13, 2021

It’s a long-standing custom for Jews to wish one another a “sweet new year” on Rosh Hashanah; to hope that this coming year will be one filled with joy, fulfillment, and an abundance of blessings. However, Judaism isn’t a path focused simply on wishing for good things; if our goal is to make each year “sweeter” than the last, we must work to make it happen.