Worship Services

Weekly Services

Shabbat and festival mornings will be in the sanctuary unless otherwise noted. Additionally Friday night services will be offered outdoors in the tent for the month of September. Please make sure to check the e-weekly for most up to date information.

Want 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.

Not to worry if you can’t make it – these services will be broadcast on Facebook live to the best of our abilities. You can watch our services on Facebook Live. Check our calendar and weekly emails for up-to-date info on services. Not getting our weekly emails? Sign up here.

Help Support Temple

If you are enjoying our virtual programming and visiting online with our community, please consider a gift to sustain our synagogue. Learn more and find out how you can donate.

Larry Tarof leading Kabbalat Shabbat music
Larry Tarof leading Kabbalat Shabbat music

Shabbat Services

Shabbat morning is a highlight of the week for us at Temple. We combine prayer with learning and schmoozing and begin at 9 am with Rabbi led Torah study. Each week we tackle the Torah portion with stimulating conversations of the soul. At 10:15 our worship service begins. This includes Torah reading and Rabbi’s sermon. All are welcome.

Music in our Services

Music is central to the spiritual life of Temple Israel. We are known for our concerts and recitals, offered at regular intervals through the year. Our liturgical choir brings a unique level of spirituality to Yom Tov and special services and new members are welcome. Support and instruction are available for anyone who wishes to learn to chant Torah or Haftarah, the blessings, or to lead a Shiva or Havdalah service.

Members of our choir
Members of our choir

Larry Tarof

Larry Tarof

Larry Tarof leads our Kabbalat Shabbat music with his guitar, piano and voice. He offers a variety of musical styles, old and new music choices and musical surprises. Larry also provides musical leadership for Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS) and class led services.

In addition to Temple, Larry (Dr. L.) has more than a quarter century of experience with pop/musical theatre arrangements, choral arrangements, live performances and original compositions.

Daniel Geigerman

Daniel Geigerman, Student Cantor Thanks to our dear friend Daniel Geigerman for 4 years of melodies and menschlikeit that he has delivered to us with such care. We wish him luck as he embarks on the next stage of his Cantorial journey. See our tribute to Daniel in our Shabbat service.

The Oneg Shabbat Project

The Giving Committee’s  Oneg Shabbat Project aims to ensure that all onegs are provided for throughout the year.

We feel that Onegs, welcoming friends and strangers alike, coming together and caring for others, is the heart of temple.

Help us build ourselves as a community that is welcoming and hospitable by saying “Yes!

Other Services

We regularly worship together on difference occasions. Check the calendar for upcoming services.

Morning Minyan

Start your day with a strong boost of Torah and prayer. Those who need a caffeine boost, a bagel and a little conversation, can stick around and ease into the morning. Our morning minyans are twice a month. Check weekly emails as well as our calendar for dates and times.

Morning minyan
Morning minyan
Morning minyan
Morning minyan

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