Volunteer at Temple Israel

There are many volunteer opportunities to lend a hand, share a skill and support one another.

Check out our list of Temple groups which work on specific projects and mandates. For Social Action initiatives have a look at this link.

Volunteer Shabbat

Temple Israel 2021 Volunteer Award Recipients

On behalf of the Temple Israel Volunteer Awards Commit- tee, it’s my privilege to share with you the names of this year’s award recipients. I’d also like to take this moment to thank those of you who sent in nominations. It was truly inspiring to read about so many Temple volunteers who are making a difference in our sacred community and we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge them.

The Bercovitch/Singer Volunteer Award was created to honour members of Temple Israel who have provided extraordinary service to our Temple community. This year the award will be shared by Mark Holzman and Ezra Miller. While each of them has enhanced our ritual and spiritual experiences through their many individual volunteer roles, they are being recognized together for their leadership in offering bi-weekly minyan services.

The Harriet Schneider Youth Award is awarded to a member(s) whose volunteer work and example with youth is deemed exemplary. The committee has chosen to honour the Khazzam children – Emma, David, and Anne – for their volunteerism and active participation in Temple life. Together, they have been amazing role models for youth and young adults in our community.

The Rabbi’s Award is chosen by the Rabbi and is presented to a congregant who has made an exceptional contribution to Temple life in areas such as worship and ritual. This year, Jane Gordon will be recognized for her dedication and ongoing work in support of our worship experience.

Mazel tov to this year’s recipients and todah rabah!

Christine Kessler
Chair, Temple Israel Volunteer Awards

Temple Shalom Program

Temple Israel volunteers sew masks for members in need

Temple members Patsy Royer and Merle Haltrecht-Matte have been filling a community need during the COVID era. Learn how these energetic and dedicated volunteers are helping the Ottawa Jewish community and other Ottawa organizations.