When you make a gift to Federation’s Annual Campaign you are improving life in your community. Here some examples of how your gift empowers creates meaningful Jewish experiences, builds community, supports Jewish education, and cares for the most vulnerable.

 

• Education
582 children receive a Jewish education 
Your gift supports Jewish education. The five supplementary schools receive a total of $105,473 in operating funding supporting 276 students. The two day schools receive $797,566 each year in operating funds, supporting 306 students.
 
PJ Library
Your gift helps support the PJ Library program, an important on-ramp on to the Jewish Superhighway. More than 800 children receive PJ Library books across the Ottawa area. This past year, we welcomed 153 new children to the program. Since its inception in Ottawa in May 2011, PJ has served 1,580+ children and 1,000 families. 

• The Vulnerable
$291,388
in emergency funds

Since 2021, your gift has allowed for $291,388 in emergency funding, ensuring organizations like the Kosher Food Bank, Jewish Family Services, Tamir and the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge as well as both Jewish day schools were able to meet the needs of their most vulnerable participants. Since the onset of the global pandemic, Federation has allocated $2,318,899 in Emergency Funding. 

 

$50,000 in security enhancements
Your gift allowed Federation to match the federal government’s Security Infrastructure Program (SIP), giving three community agencies $50,000 to help enhance their security.


 

• Combatting Antisemitism through Advocacy and Education 
Safe and Secure Learning

Your gift supports our advocacy work as Federation strives to ensure that Jewish students enjoy safe and secure learning environments in public schools, on universty campuses and online. 

In the past year, your gift helped Federation implement an antisemitism workshop with resources for young people, as well as specialized programing to teach about the legacy of the Holocaust, including: an interactive exhibit accessed by more than 500 public school students; and an exhibit and talk attended by both Jewish day schools students and area high schools students on Yom HaShoah.

• Building Community
44 MicroGRANTS

Between July 2021 and June 2022, Federation funded 44 unique programs through MicroGRANTs, allocating a total of $77,500 to agencies and individuals in support of creative initiatives that build Jewish life in Ottawa.  
 

Strengthening Jewish Organizations 
In the last year, the Innovative Capacity Building fund provided 14 capacity building grants to local Jewish organizations, allocating a total of $73,234 to ensure a robust and vibrant  Jewish community. 

 

Connecting 306 unaffiliated Jews
Jewish Jumpstart, a membership incentive program, helped connect 306 previously unaffiliated Jews become members of a synagogue or the Soloway JCC.

• Jewish Experiences
1150 meals to-go

Your gift helped Hillel Ottawa and Chabad Student Network provide more than 1150 meals to-go for university students on Ottawa’s campuses for Shabbat and the Jewish holidays last school year.
 

4000+ readers

Your gift allows Federation to run specialized programs and initiatives that support meaningful Jewish experiences and connections: more than 4,000 people receive the Federation’s Ottawa Jewish E-Bulletin electronic newsletter, which helps them stay informed and connected to Jewish Ottawa.
 

56 Future leaders

The J-Fellows speaker series engaged 56 participants in discussion with experts in the fields of Law and Medicine on what it means to be a Jewish leader.