Quick Calendar for

March 1 - April 3

March 1 - Comfy Shabbat for Young Adults and Millenials

March 2 - KBI, Tribute to Leonard Cohen

March 3 - Hakibbutz, Supporting Children and Youth Who Experience Antisemitism

March 5 - OCS, Music by Jewish Composers

March 6 - SJCC, Canadian Blood Services Swabbing Event

March 8 - CJX (Glebe Shul), Shabbat Dinner

March 9 - KBI, Tot Shabbat - en Francais

March 10 - KBI, Malca Pass Book Group

March 10 - OrH, Craft 'n' Schmooze

March 10 - OrH, Jam Session

March 12 - PJ Library Bagels & Babies@Home

March 14, 21 - KBI, Jewish Peoplehood

March 16 - Chabad of Centrepointe, The Amazing Race

March 16 - OrH, Biblical Women

March 17 - Temple Israel, Books and Bagels

March 17, 31 - Orh, Creative Beit Midrash

March 20 - SJCC, Don Navon Concert

March 22 - CJX (Glebe Shul), Shabbat Dinner

March 29 - PJ Library, Babies & Bagels@School

April 3 - Federation and Ben Gurion University, Movie: Irena's Vow

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Ottawa Movie Premier: Irena's Vow

April 3

7 - 9 pm

Presentted by Ben-Gurion University Canada, and the Jewish Federation of Ottawa's Shoah Committee. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Louise Archambault and written by Dan Gordon, Irena’s Vow stars Sophie Neliesse, Dougray Scott, and Andrzej Seweryn. The movie is based on the true-life story of Polish nurse, 19-year-old Irene Gut Opdyke, who was determined to help 12 Jewish workers by offering them shelter in the basement of a German commandant’s home, where she served as a housekeeper. She was awarded the Righteous Among the Nations medal for showing remarkable courage. $36 includes movie, popcorn, and drink — limited tickets available.

Cineplex Cinemas, 3090 Carling Ave.

Buy your tickets here

PJ Library

Babies and Bagels @ Home

March 12

9:30 am - 11 am

Indulge in treats while your little ones explore a world of fun with various toys. It is a great chance for parents and babies to connect, learn, and grow together. This time, near Tunney's Pasture. Register here

Contact: Michael Reznik at mreznik@jccottawa.com

Babies and Bagels @ School! March 29 11:30 - 1 pm

Join PJ Library and the Ottawa jewish Community School for a unique monthly parent-baby gathering with a delightful educational twist.

Register here

Contact: Michael Reznik at mreznik@jccottawa.com

Community Events in alphabetical order by organization name

Chabad of Centrepointe 

Kosher Cooking Club for Kids

March 3

3 - 4:30 pm

Join this new awesome club to learn cooking skills, become a professional chef & have fun!

Junior Chefs ages 4-7

Master Chefs ages 8-12

$15 per session or $40 for all 3 sessions. ($5 off/sibling)

Mar 3: Hot dogs in blankets, matzah ball soup & biscotti

Also presented by: A Ripple Effect & The Irving Aaron Giving Kitchen. Register here 

The Amazing Shabbat Race

March 16, weekly

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Join this amazing new Shabbat adventure racing across the globe! Jam-packed challenges, treasures, roadblocks, routes & detours. Be a leader! Explore your love and connection to Judaism! Each week you will learn, work together, and laugh with new friends — get ready, get set, GO!

Ages 3-11. Includes prizes, snacks, and a drop-off option.

Register here, 23 Palisade St.

Comfy Shabbat for Young Adults and Millennials

March 1

7 - 11 pm

Sometimes the winter just calls for comfort food! Join us for a casual Shabbat meal featuring fresh lasagna, garlic bread, Caesar salad and roasted broccoli, all to be washed down with a nice glass of wine. As always, please be in touch with any dietary restrictions.

RSVP for the address in Nepean to rabbimkent@gmail.com

CJX (Glebe Shul)

Shabbat Dinner

March 8-22

7 - 10 pm

Young adults in Ottawa are invited to join the Gotlibs for a delicious, home-cooked Shabbat dinner!

Contact Rabbi Steven Gotlib at sgotlib@jetottawa.ca

Broadview Ave.


Supporting children and youth who experience antisemitism

March 3

4 - 5 pm

This event will be in both English and Hebrew and is intended for parents. A presenter from Jewish Family Services of Ottawa will lead a lecture about supporting children and youth who experience antisemitism.

Contact Elena Passwell at hakibbutz.coordinator@gmail.com

Register here Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.

Sponsors: Jewish Federation of Ottawa, JFS of Ottawa , Soloway Jewish Community Centre, PJ Library, Vered Israel, ישראליות באוטווה

Kehillat Beth Israel

"That's How the Light Gets In"

A Jewish Tribute To Leonard Cohen

March 2

7:30 - 10:30 pm

Featuring Dan Nadel and Shira Averbuch with appearances by our Cantor Jason Green and the KBI choir.

Register here

Contact Jeremy Rosenberg at jeremy@kehillatbethisrael.com

Malca Pass Book Group Meeting

March 10

7:30 - 9 pm

Join us for a review and discussion of "The Promise" by Damon Galgut. All are welcome, even if you haven't read the book. Cost $5. Contact Maureen Kaell at kaellmaureen@gmail.com

Tot Shabbat - en Français March 9

Les enfants (de 0 à 6 ans) ainsi que leurs parents/ gardiens s’unissent pour chanter, prier, écouter des histoires et partager une collation. Tots (0-6) and their parents/caregivers join together for songs, prayers, stories, and a light lunch. We are excited to be offering this program in french this week!

This event is in partnership with OJCS, and has been generously funded by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Microgrants program.

Register here

Contact Sasha Kathron at sasha@kehillatbethisrael.com

Jewish Peoplehood - Adult Education

March 14, 21 / April 4, 11

7 - 8:15 pm

A KBI/Shalom Hartman Institute curriculum led by Rabbi Adina Lewittes.

Judaism is defined both by a set of beliefs and values and by identification with the Jewish people. The massacre on October 7, 2023, and the ensuing and ongoing war with Hamas have highlighted the notion of peoplehood — intensifying if for those long immersed in the Jewish community, and reawakening if for those distanced or estranged. What does peoplehood mean? What tension might emerge between them and how might we resolve them? All are welcome. 

Register here 1400 Coldrey Ave.

Or Haneshamah


2 - 4 pm

Do you knit, macrame, sew, embroider, crochet, weave, or practice another crafting hobby? Come along, schmooze, and craft away the afternoon. Bring a current crafting/yarn/hobby project, or come to learn something new. All skill levels welcome!

Register here

March 10

4 - 6 pm

Join us for our monthly OrH Jam Session. Howard Kaplan will lead a jam session circle where all voices, instruments, and song requests are welcome. Feel free to bring an instrument or just your own voice. Lead a song or follow along!

Register here 

Contact Jenny Burns administrator@orh.ca

Biblical Women: The Hidden Stories

March 16

11 - 2 pm

The Hebrew Bible recounts many stories of strong female role models who have unfortunately been misinterpreted as negative or even evil. The Biblical Miriam, for example, has been called racist and the Biblical Jezebel has come down to us as sexually promiscuous. Neither of these characterizations is necessarily accurate. Judith Maeryam will discuss her interactions with Biblical archetypes and how they are relevant to our lives today.

Register here

Queering Ritual Adornment: Creative Beit Midrash

March 17, March 31

2 - 4 pm

This series with Rabbinic Student Léah Millerwill offer opportunities to physically engage with Jewish traditions of art and ritual adornment. Historically, the world of tzitzit [fringes] and tallitot [prayer shawls] has been exclusionary of women and queer people, and spiritual technologies are not always accessible or visible as an option. This event is designed to center queer and trans Jews, though all are welcome!

Register here

The Ottawa Choral Society

Triumph of the Spirit - Music by Jewish Composers

March 5

7:30 - 9:30 pm

The concert opens with Leonard Bernstein’s irrepressibly mesmerizing Chichester Psalms. A group of enthralling shorter works drawn from the Jewish tradition, leads to the powerful Triumph of the Spirit by Canada’s Srul Irving Glick. Directed by Gabrielle Gaudreault. 

Contact Geoff White at geoffreybernardwhite@gmail.com

Tickets: $35-$55 here

Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre

355 Cooper St.

Soloway Jewish Community Centre

Canadian Blood Services Swabbing Event

March 6

3 - 7 pm

You can help patients beat the odds. Are you 17 to 35 years old and would you like to be on a life-saving stem cell registry? Hopefully, we will find a match for someone in North America. All you have to do is swab your cheek to register. It only takes 5 minutes. Join Canada's Lifeline and register at blood.ca/getswabbed.

Contact Sue Potechin at spotechin@jccottawa.com

Dov Navon Concert

March 20

8 - 9:30 pm

Amazing, sincere, and particularly captivating solo show, and a funny and immersive, biographical and imaginative evening!

Anyone who likes smart humour combined with brilliant acting performance would absolutely enjoy the show. Dov Navon turns out to be not only a successful international actor, but a successful stand-up comedian. Please join us for a great evening of Israeli Culture performed in Hebrew! Adults 18+

Tickets here

Contact Ella Dagan at edagan@jccottawa.com

Temple Israel

Books and Bagels by Zoom

March 17

10 - 11:30 am

“The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store“ by James MacBride will be reviewed by Sophie Kohn Kaminsky. Named a best book of the year by NPR, Washington Post, and Time Magazine, this book opens with the discovery of a skeleton in a well and then flashes back to explore its connection to a town’s Black, Jewish, and immigrant history This is a murder mystery described as “charming, smart, heart-blistering, and heart-healing.”

Join on Zoom here

Contact Lily Cox at lilycox@bell.net

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