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.

Art Auction

Art Auction

Building Renewal Project

Building Renewal Project

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 Rishon, 21 Iyyar 5782

  1. Mon 23

    Morning Minyan, B’nai Mitzvah Sophie & William Albagli-Hansen

    Weekday Shacharit, Parsha BechukotaiB'nai Mitzvah Sophie
    May 23 @ 10:15am - 11:45am
  2. Wed 25

    Talmud Study on Zoom

    May 25 @ 12:45am - 2:00pm
  3. Thu 26

    Morning Minyan on Zoom

    Join Ezra Miller and Mark Holzman
    May 26 @ 8:00am - 9:00am
  4. Thu 26

    New Horizons Program on Zoom – Collective Poetry Creation with Arianne M. Matte

    RSVP. Whether you read poetry, listen
    May 26 @ 10:00am - 11:00am
  5. Thu 26

    Temple Israel Art Auction

    Visit our art auction page to
    May 26 @ 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  6. Fri 27

    Kabbalat Shabbat led by TIRS High School

    High School Let’s cheer on our
    May 27 @ 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  7. Sat 28

    Torah Study

    Virtual Torah Study with Rabbi Mikelberg or
    May 28 @ 9:00am - 10:00am
  8. Sat 28

    Shabbat Service, Parsha Bechukotai, Bar Mitzvah Isaac Casteel

    Shabbat Service, Parsha BechukotaiBar Mitzvah Isaac
    May 28 @ 10:15am - 11:45am
  9. Wed 01

    Talmud Study on Zoom

    Jun 01 @ 12:45am - 2:00pm
  10. Thu 02

    Virtual Lunch and Learn with Tema Smith on Thoughts from a Unicorn: 100% Black, 100% Jewish, 0% Safe

    RSVP required. Sponsored by our Anti-Black
    Jun 02 @ 12:00pm - 1:30pm
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

Netflix’s Russian Doll Season 2: Nesting Trauma in Three Generations of Jewish Women

Netflix’s Russian Doll Season 2: Nesting Trauma in Three Generations of Jewish Women jemerman May 18, 2022

In this season, time is immutable. It can be questioned, but not changed. Family can be understood, but not altered. The self, in this case, the result of intergenerational trauma, must be accepted. In Russian Doll, the only way to see the good in the world is to stop looking back, to stop journeying inward, and to the wake up in the present.

Q&A with Chinese Jewish Advocate and Educator Amy Albertson

Q&A with Chinese Jewish Advocate and Educator Amy Albertson jemerman May 4, 2022

Amy Albertson (she/her), 30, is a Chinese Jewish advocate and online educator living in Northern California. She works as a social media consultant for Jewish organizations.

Holy Sparks: Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate

Holy Sparks: Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate jemerman April 28, 2022

On June 3, 1972, Rabbi Sally Priesand was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion as the first woman rabbi in North America. To celebrate this milestone in Jewish and American history, HUC's Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York partnered with The Braid's Story Archive of Women Rabbis in Los Angeles to create the exhibition "Holy Sparks," presenting 24 ground-breaking women rabbis who were "firsts" in their time.

Combatting Loneliness, Poverty, and Trauma in the Lives of Holocaust Survivors

Combatting Loneliness, Poverty, and Trauma in the Lives of Holocaust Survivors jemerman April 25, 2022

Yom HaShoah is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day and occurs on the 27 th of the month of Nisan. It is a day to commemorate those who perished during the Holocaust and listen to survivors tell their stories. However, as the survivor population ages, many are needing more assistance.