Lag Bomer is May 25-26

Quick Calendar for

May 1 - June 1

May 2 - Chanting and Chocolate

May 3 - CJX, Shabbat Dinner

May 3-12 - IRT Theatre, "The Cemetery Club"

May 5 - Federation, Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration

May 5 - OrH, Queering Ritual Adornment

May 6+ - JET Women's Network, five-sessions "Counting Up Count Me In!"

May 6 - National Holocaust Monument Committee, Yom HaShoah event

May 6 - CDB, Financial Abuse Prevention

May 6 - Temple Israel, 'Reckonings' screening and discussion

May 7 - CHES, "One Life" movie and Q&A

May 7 - JYL, Wellness Workshop for Jewish Parents

May 7 - KBI, Malca Pass Book Club

May 10 - OrH, Freylekh Friday

May 11 - OrH, Shabbat Camp

May 11, 25 - Adath Shalom, The Amazing Shabbat Race

May 12 - SJCC, Yom HaZikaron ceremony

May 12 - OrH, Craft & Schmooze

May 14 - OrH, Jam Session

May 14 - Yom Ha'atzmaut flag raising at city hall

May 17 - CJX, Shabbat Dinner

May 22 - Israel Bonds, Author Talk

May 26 - CJX, Lag B'Omer BBQ

May 26 - SJCC, Kosher Stand Up by Ilya Axelrod

May 26 - OJCS, Current families BBQ

May 28 - OJHS, Byward Market history

May 29 - CMH, Machzikei Cooks for Ten Yad

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Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration 

May 5

7 - 8:30 pm

Join us for a profound evening of remembrance and resilience that will feature a candle-lighting ceremony with Holocaust Survivors, and inspiring speaker, Mariette Doduck, a child survivor of the Holocaust and acclaimed Holocaust educator. Her compelling narrative will illuminate the importance of remembrance and education in shaping a more tolerant and inclusive society. All are welcome. Free event.

Advanced registration is required here.

Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.

Yom Ha'atzmaut Flag Raising at City Hall May 14

10 - 10:40 am

Join Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, officials, and Jewish community members as we raise the Israeli flag at City Hall to commemorate Israeli's 76th year. 110 Laurier Ave West.

National Holocaust Monument Committee

Yom HaShoah event

May 6

11 am - 12 pm

Join us at the Holocaust Monument. The ceremony will include speeches, videos and musical recitals.

Underground parking is available at The Canadian War Museum and limited outdoor parking on Wellington Street.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Ottawa; B'nai Brith; CIJA; NCC; Government of Canada; Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship

1918 Chaudiére Crossing

Financial security and abuse prevention for your child with disabilities May 6

5:30 - 7 pm

Join representatives from OPEN Collaboration for Cognitive Accessibility to focus on the urgent need to address the risk of financial abuse faced by persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the context of the Canada Disability Benefit Act (CDB). While the CDB aims to alleviate poverty and enhance financial security for Canadians with disabilities, the risk of financial abuse demands attention to ensure the successful implementation of this act. Contact Jodi Green at

Soloway JCC Board Room

21 Nadolny Sachs Private

Community Events in alphabetical order by organization name

Adath Shalom Congregation

The Omer: What are we counting? Why are we counting?

May 18

9:45 am - 1:30 pm

Our Adult Education event will follow Shabbat morning services and a Kiddush/lunch; Rabbi Deborah Zuker will present a study session on the ritual of Counting the Omer and delve into its various meanings. Contact:

Ottawa Jewish Community School chapel

31 Nadolny Sachs Priv.

Chabad of Centrepointe 

The Amazing Shabbat Race

May 11, 25 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.

23 Palisade St.

Register here

Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES)

"One Life" Movie with Winton descendent Q&A, post film

May 7

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Special screening of the story of Nicolas Winton and how he and others saved 669 children from Prague by bringing them to the United Kingdom during eh Second World War. Film will be followed by short talk by Claire Speed whose mother was saved through a Winton transport.

Tickets available here

Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St.

Chanting & Chocolate

May 2

7:30 - 9 pm

Join Corinne Baumgarten, Aditi Magdalena and Lorne Mallin for an evening of sacred, uplifting chanting — let’s raise our voices for peace. Chants are primarily in Hebrew with some English. No prior knowledge required. Tea and brownies served afterwards. Donations are welcome and help support the education of Jewish children in Uganda. Contact More details here.

Ottawa Baha'i Centre

211 McArthur Ave.

CJX (Glebe Shul)

May 3, 17

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

888 Broadview Ave.

Lag B'Omer BBQ

May 26

5:30 - 9:30 pm

Bring in summer in style with a gourmet BBQ for young professionals. Cost $18. Contact Rabbi Zischa Shaps at

Congregation Machzikei Hadas

Machzikei Cooks For Ten Yad

May 29

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Every year, Ten Yad of Ottawa supports the Ottawa Jewish community by sending out hundreds of delicious meals during times of need. Join us as we partner with Creative Kosher Catering to cook and package hearty meals for Ten Yad in an evening of chesed and community building. Cooking is hard work! After we complete our cooking, all the volunteers will be treated to a delicious dinner buffet, sponsored by CKC. Suggested donation: $45 tax receiptable.

Register with Stacy Goldstein at

2310 Virginia Dr.

Isle of the River Theatre

"The Cemetery Club", by Ivan Menchell

May 3, 10, 11 at 7:30 pm 

May 4 Dinner Theatre at 6 pm (not kosher)

May 5 at 2 pm

May 12 Brunch at 12 pm (not kosher)

The play is a bittersweet comedy about three Jewish widows, Doris, Lucille, and Ida. Close friends, they meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. One day they bump into their butcher, Sam, and soon, a budding romance comes under fire! 

For cost and tickets visit:

Osgoode Community Centre, 5660 Osgoode Main St.

Israel Bonds

Inquiring Minds Want to Grow

May 22

7 - 9 pm

Unlock the secrets to self-discovery and celebrate the full spectrum of life with Donna Karlin, the globally recognized coaching psychologist to leaders and the brilliant mind behind the book Inquiring Minds Want to Grow. Donna will use analogies, metaphors, and real-life examples to create thought provoking, self-reflective and introspective moments with her audience. Participants of all ages and stages will leave the event better equipped to navigate through their corridors of life. Contact: Anita Almstedt at

Westboro Books, 314 Richmond Rd.

Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa

Wellness Workshop for Jewish parents

May 7

6 - 8:30 pm

This workshop will feature four keynote speakers, including MP Anthony Housefather. The topics will include the rise of antisemitism in our community, strategies for coping, and stress management. Geared to Jewish parents (and grandparents) but supporters are welcome. Dinner is included at 6 pm. Guests can mingle and meet our speakers who will begin their talks at 6:30 pm. Discussion and Q&A at 7:30 pm. Cost $18 - Register here

Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Ottawa

Contact Elinore Rabin at

Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Priv.

JET Ottawa

JET Women's Network 

Counting Up? Count Me In! with Ellie Bass on Zoom

May 6, 13, 27, June 3, 10

7:30 - 8:30 pm

We are excited to welcome back Jewish Educator & Professional Mentor and Coach, Ellie Bass, for a five-session program leading up to Lag Ba'Omer, on Zoom.

Cost: $45 for all 5 classes or $10 per class

(If cost is prohibitive, please be in touch.)

Register here.

Kehillat Beth Israel

Malca Pass Book Group Meeting

May 7

7:30 - 9 pm

Review and discussion of The Postcard by Anne Berest. All welcome, even if you haven't read the book. Cost: $5.

Maureen Kaell at

1400 Coldrey Ave.

Or Haneshamah Ottawa's Reconstructionist Community

May 5

2 - 4 pm

Queering Ritual Adornment: craft your own tallis!

Register here

Freylekh Friday

May 10

5:30 pm - Teddy Bear Shabbat

6 pm - Shabbat candles and kiddush followed by community potluck 

7:15 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat led by Rabbi Liz, Ritual Coordinator Shira W. and OrH musicians 

8:15 pm - Guest Speaker - OrH Adult Bat Mitzvahs

Join three of our Or Haneshamah congregants as they discuss their preparation and journey to the Torah for Bat Mitzvah as adults. Register here

Machaneh Shabbat (aka Shabbat Camp) Open House!

May 11

9:40 am - 12:30 pm

Come and check out our Family Education program. This will be a camp-style, hands-on learning fair full of games, music and crafts. Through, songs, activities and games we'll explore Hebrew vocabulary, Shabbat melodies, Torah and the all-important question of "What makes a hero?"

Register here


May 12

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.

Register here

OrH Jam Session

May 14

7 - 9 pm

When was the last time you played with others? Join experienced musician Howard Kaplan with your instrument, your song requests (lead sheets are always appreciated) and your enthusiasm.

Register here

30 Cleary Ave.

Ottawa Jewish Historical Society

The Byward Market: The History of Jewish Life and Business

May 28

7 - 9 pm

The OJHS is excited to bring you our first in-person event since 2019! Take a trip down memory lane and join us for an evening exploring the history of Jewish life and business since the 1920's in the Byward Market with presenter John Diener.

Free event open to all! Donations greatly appreciated!

Register at or 613-798-9818 ext. 264 Machzikei Hadas, 2310 Virginia Dr.

Soloway Jewish Community Centre

Yom HaZikaron

May 12

7 - 8 pm

Community wide Yom HaZikaron ceremony - remembrance of the fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Additional security measures will be in place for this event. Please have ID ready at the door to the SJCC. Registration is required here

Sponsor: Vered Israel Cultural and Education Centre, SJCC, Embassy of Israel

Contact Ella at

Yom Ha'Atzmaut Community Wide Celebration

May 14

5 - 7:15 pm

Israel's 76th Independence Day!

Celebrate with family entertainment, Israeli music and a special Israeli menu by Village Cafe. Circus workshops, photobooth, face painting, blow ups, magic show, balloon twisters, and more.

At 6 pm, enjoy the movie "Hummus!" Special exhibition - photography exhibit of the Gaza envelope area in the spirit of hope and rebirth.

Sponsors: Vered Israel, Jewish Federation of Ottawa, JNF Canada, WZO, HaKibbutz, Tamir Tal

Contact Ella at

Kosher Stand Up by Ilya Axelrod

May 26

8 - 10 pm

Ilya runs the Israeli Comedy Club and is 2x winner of the show "Make a comedian laugh," including winning the maximum prize in the super-game.

Sponsor: Vered Israel Cultural and Education Centre, SJCC Tickets here

Temple Israel

'Reckonings' Screening and discussion

May 6

7 - 9 pm

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman, Reckonings recounts the tense negotiations between Jewish and German leaders concerning reparations in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Panel discussion following the film. Free event. Movie trailer Register here

Sponsor: The Zelikovitz Centre, JFS Ottawa, Hillel of Ottawa, Temple Israel and supported by a Jewish Federation of Ottawa Microgrant

Contact Ranit Braun at

1301 Prince of Wales Dr.

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