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.

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 Shlishi, 13 Heshvan 5782

Upcoming Events at Temple Israel

  1. Wed 20

    Talmud Study on Zoom

    Oct 20 @ 12:45 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Fri 22

    In Person & Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat

    Oct 22 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
  3. Sat 23

    Virtual Torah Study

    Virtual Torah Study with Rabbi Mikelberg: Zoom
    Oct 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  4. Sat 23

    Shabbat Morning Service

    PLEASE NOTE: October 16, 2021 –
    Oct 23 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am
  5. Mon 25

    Insight into Judaism

    This course will run on Monday
    Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Wed 27

    Talmud Study on Zoom

    Oct 27 @ 12:45 am - 2:00 pm
  7. Fri 29

    In Person & Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat

    Oct 29 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
  8. Sat 30

    Virtual Torah Study

    Virtual Torah Study with Rabbi Mikelberg: Zoom
    Oct 30 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  9. Sat 30

    Shabbat Morning Service

    PLEASE NOTE: October 16, 2021 –
    Oct 30 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am
  10. Mon 01

    Insight into Judaism

    This course will run on Monday
    Nov 01 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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

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