Testimonials on the impact of Microgrant-funded programs:
“As someone who is new to Ottawa, this was a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of the Jewish community. The host was very friendly and everyone at the event was very welcoming!”
"My kids learned a lot and it inspired them to explore their Jewish identity."
“I grew up in the greater Toronto area, very involved in the Jewish community. I moved to Ottawa a few years back and COVID made it hard to become immersed in Ottawa's Jewish community. This was so helpful in meeting people and making my spouse and I feel
welcome. We loved this event and hope for more community engagement like this!”
“The event was great! It is nice to be able to connect with young Jewish professionals in Ottawa, especially after the pandemic.”
"I take my hat off to the organizers and volunteers for their dedication and hard work for these wonderful programs! Many, many thanks!"
Microgrants: Last year, Federation funded more than 50 unique programs through the Jewish Experience Microgrants program, allocating a total of $91,000 to agencies and individuals in support of creative initiatives that build Jewish life in Ottawa.
The PJ Library program is an important on-ramp on to the Jewish Superhighway. Annually, more than 800 children receive PJ Library books across the Ottawa area.
Enriched Jewish education and learning: There is something for every student at day schools, Torah Day, and the Ottawa Jewish Community School, and the Ottawa Torah Institute/Machon Sarah; and supplementary schools Chabad Hebrew School, Ottawa Modern Jewish School, OTT@KBI, Temple Israel Religious School, and Torah High.
Tuition incentive: Federation has launched a two-year tuition incentive for all families raising Jewish children and who are enrolling students for the first time in supplementary schools in the fall of 2023. In the first year, Federation covers $500 of the tuition; for the second year, Federation will cover $250 of the tuition.
A gift to the Annual Campaign provides inspired Jewish experiences for all ages, with funding for agencies including: AJA 50+, Chabad Student Network, Hillel Ottawa, Jewish Youth Library Preschool, JET classes, Limmud Ottawa, NCSY Lunch Clubs, Or Haneshamah Machaneh Shabbat, Ottawa Torah Centre classes and workshops, Sephardi Association, and the Soloway JCC.