J-Fellows • Speaker Series

Learn the guiding principles and practices of Jewish communal leadership from experts in the field while building connections and networking.



Young professionals in their late 20s to early 40s who are either newly involved, or who do not currently hold leadership positions in the Ottawa Jewish community.

Program outcomes:

• Acquire new skill sets for agile leadership
• Build individual capacity and leadership skills
• Build Jewish community
• Access service opportunities in Jewish Ottawa organizations
• Understand and apply leadership principles and practices


January 26, 2021 at 8 pm 

“How to Navigate Difficult Conversations”

with Misha Glouberman

As a professional. you know that communication can be tricky. Critically important conversations happen every day, often with no warning. Misunderstandings arise all the time, especially when stakes and emotions are high, or people have to make important decisions together. Being able to navigate these important conversations is at the heart of influence and leadership.

Misha Glouberman will present a short workshop on difficult conversations. Called a “mix of Peter Mansbridge’s smarts and Conan O’Brien’s wit” by The Globe and Mail, Misha will lead a highly engaging workshop that dives deep into the challenges we face in tough conversations, and practical strategies for better outcomes.


March 4, 2021 at 7 pm

"Jewish Women Leaders and the Power of Resilience"

with Andrea Freedman, CEO Jewish Federation of Ottawa; Sarah Caspi, ED Jewish Family Services Ottawa; Dahlia Milech, Manager, Ottawa Kosher Food Bank
As the world faces grave challenges brought on by an unprecedented global pandemic, honing resilience, both individually and collectively, has never been more important. Join three Jewish women leaders, who have overcome the gender gap, as they discuss the role of resilience in developing thriving Jewish community organizations. 



Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm
“Ask the Rabbi”: Trust and Presence in the Face of Deep Uncertainty
Anxious? Fearful? Unsure about our collective future? Join fellow young adults for an informal night of questions and discussion with local guest rabbis, Rabbi Eytan Kenter (Kehillat Beth Israel) and Rabbi Menachem Blum (Ottawa Torah Centre), as they share their own leadership challenges, and discuss how we can learn to cultivate trust and steadfast presence in the face of deep uncertainty.


Wednesday, May 26 at 7 pm

"Taking Risks with local entrepreneur Corey Sauve"
Join fellow young adults for a candid discussion with local entrepreneur Corey Sauve, founder of Flapjack’s Canadian Diner and Pudgyboy’s, on the vital role risk-taking plays in leadership development. 
Chairs: Arielle Goldberg and Simone Davis
Free event. 


For more information about J-Fellows or leadership opportunities, contact our Director of Community Collaboration, Anne Read by calling 613-798-4696 x355 or email aread@jewishottawa.com