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Jewish Life


The Naomi Bulka Community Mikvah is a beautiful, private, well maintained Mikvah that is open by appointment to all members of Ottawa’s Jewish community.

Evening appointments for Taharat Mishpacha or a bridal immersion can be made through the SJCC phone system, which directs to a mikvah specific booking system.

To learn more about the Naomi Bulka Community Mikvah, including how to access the mikvah, what to bring and what will take place at the mikvah, please download the PDF booklet by clicking the attachment below.

You may also visit jccottawa.com/our-facility/naomi-bulka-community-mikvah/

Eruvs in Ottawa

Ottawa has several kosher eruvim that allow Shomer Shabbas Jews to carry within their neighbourhoods. There is a “City Wide” eruv, that covers a large percentage of the city, and also three smaller, neighbourhood specific Eruvim.


The City-Wide Eruv

The City-Wide Eruv was established by the late Rabbi Reuven Bulka z"l. and encompasses a large percentage of the city. This eruv covers downtown, the Glebe and Alta Vista, and stretches to the border of Orleans in the east and Nepean in the West. Note that the northern border of this eruv is the Ottawa River. Rabbi Scher, of Congregation Machzikei Hadas, now oversees this eruv.

Jewish Education Through Torah (JET)


JET Ottawa is a dynamic outreach organization dedicated to providing inspiring Jewish experiences and engaging learning opportunities. Through personal relationships with our friendly and accessible JET staff, Jews young and old, highly affiliated and not affiliated at all, receive support, encouragement and information to enhance their Jewish journey.

At a time when people are pulled in every direction, JET’s focus on individuals, family-friendly programs, flexible scheduling, small group experiences and meetings in homes, offices and coffee shops enables each person to personalize their Jewish journey and share their excitement with family and friends.

JET provides numerous Jewish learning opportunities every week for multiple age groups as well as personalized one on one learning.  From Aleph to Talmud, from Challah Baking to Menorah building, from Facebook to Zoom, JET has a class or program for you. We also run many community initiatives such as our city wide Mishloach Manot program, Jewish Unity Live, Yarchei Kallah, Menorah Building Contest, Clean Speech Ottawa, and more. We can't wait to meet you!

People engrossed in one of the many classes available for JET's annual Yarchei Kallah

1119 Lazard St, Ottawa, ON K2C 2R5
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Rabbi Zischa Shaps, Director
(613) 291-3465

Rabbi Michael Altonaga
(613) 617-3050

JET Volunteers help package 1200 Mishloach Manot for distribution across Ottawa

Jewish comedian Ashley Blaker performs for Jewish Unity Live event

The Jewish Women's Network learns the art of flower arranging at one of their programs

Study partners at a Beis Medrash Night learning session

The community makes challah together

An Ottawa Wide Menorah Building Contest submission for the 4-8 year old category