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

Yom Shlishi, 6 Tammuz 5782

  1. Fri 08
  2. Sat 09

    Torah Study

     Virtual Torah Study with Rabbi Mikelberg
    Jul 09 @ 9:00am - 10:00am
  3. Thu 14

    Morning Minyan on Zoom

    Join Ezra Miller and Mark Holzman
    Jul 14 @ 9:00am - 10:00am
  4. Fri 15

    Outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    Services take place behind the BayitWeather
    Jul 15 @ 6:15pm - 7:30pm
  5. Sat 16

    Shabbat Service, Parsha Balak

    Join us for our Shabbat service.Watch
    Jul 16 @ 10:15am - 11:45am
  6. Fri 22

    Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    This service is available in person
    Jul 22 @ 6:15pm - 7:30pm
  7. Sat 23

    Shabbat Service, Parsha Pinchas

    Join us for our Shabbat service.Watch
    Jul 23 @ 10:15am - 11:45am
  8. Thu 28

    Morning Minyan on Zoom

    Join Ezra Miller and Mark Holzman
    Jul 28 @ 8:00am - 9:00am
  9. Fri 29

    Outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    Services take place behind the BayitWeather
    Jul 29 @ 6:15pm - 7:30pm
  10. Sat 30

    Shabbat Service, Parsha Matot-Masei

    Join us for our Shabbat service.Watch
    Jul 30 @ 10:15am - 11:45am
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

Practicing Democracy

Practicing Democracy jemerman June 28, 2022

As we reflect on the United States' Independence Day, I am mindful that democracy also takes commitment and practice. Democracy takes practice because it still is not accessible to all.

Becoming BMitzvah

Becoming BMitzvah jemerman June 27, 2022

I love seeing how our students at Temple Shalom of Newton transform throughout the process of becoming BMitzvah. It's the end of my first year coordinating the BMitzvah program and my colleague Allison Lobron, an experienced leader in inclusion and social emotional learning, and I are hosting an end of year celebration for our BMitzvah students.

Reconciling the Past, Identifying a Pathway Forward

Reconciling the Past, Identifying a Pathway Forward jemerman June 21, 2022

For the past year, I have been engaged in deep reflection over my responsibility as a Canadian and proud Jew in addressing the horrors committed against Indigenous peoples.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ Remarks on Reform LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ Remarks on Reform LGBTQ+ Inclusion jemerman June 13, 2022

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), recently attended the 50th anniversary celebration of Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles, California, the world's first LGBTQ+ congregation. This is a excerpt taken from his remarks at the event.