Young Adult

This special division of the Federation is aimed at young adults under 40; we develop exciting and innovative programs that allow young people to meet and mingle and develop their professional contacts. There are social events, workshops to hone skills and to network, grant programs, and much more!

Meet the Campaign Co-chairs of the Young Adult division, 2023-2024

Jared and Michelle (at left)
What drew Jared to Ottawa originally in 2016 was his undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. However, the beauty of the city and the vibrant Jewish community within it led him to stay well beyond his studies. Fast forward five years, he met Michelle, a then newcomer to the city. Like Jared, she fell in love with the city and today they are thrilled to call Ottawa their permanent home. Jared is a commercial real estate broker at a local boutique brokerage, while Michelle is an economist in the federal government. Jared chaired the 2022-23 Emerging Generations campaign, and has canvassed for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa in the years prior. This year, he is excited to be joined by Michelle, who volunteered for the preceding campaign. Together, they eagerly anticipate the 2023-24 campaign, aiming to connect with more community members and build bridges for the next generation.

Noga and John (at right)
Noga and John moved to Ottawa in 2007 for work reasons and grew to appreciate the nation's capital for its relative affordability, beautiful natural landscapes and welcoming Jewish community. Since moving to Ottawa, Noga, an industrial engineer by training, has worked in the medical device manufacturing field, telecoms and at Canada Post in various analytical capacities. John is an employee at the Bank of Canada in the supervision department and previously worked in risk management and international affairs-related roles at Export Development Canada, a crown corporation, and with the federal government at the Privy Council Office. Noga and John enjoy spending time with their three children, gardening (Noga) and biking (John). They are regular attendees at their neighbourhood synagogue where John also serves as treasurer. Noga and John were inspired to support the campaign by the example set by many other community volunteers and professionals and by their co-chairs, Michelle and Jared, who are part of their extended Canadian family.

Do you have a great idea that brings people in the Ottawa Jewish community together? Does your idea connect people, meet a unique need, or fill a gap in our Jewish community?
Get $2,500 to make it happen!
MicroGRANTs are the seed money to help individuals or organizations fuel their Jewish ideas. 
Federation will provide grants towards events & activities that build affiliation and inspire Jewish identity! We want to help you create your Jewish journey!

For more information, examples of past projects in the community and how to apply, visit here.

Interested in connecting with other young adults in Ottawa? Why not start with meeting our staff members?

Young Adults & Families Manager

The Rohr Chabad Student Network (CSN) is dedicated to providing university students with a strong connection to Judaism. Programs include Lunch and Learn, Shabbat dinners, Sinai Scholars, trips, student aid, community service, holiday meals and programs. CSN serves the needs of Jewish students at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Algonquin College.

Hillel Ottawa

Hillel Ottawa is the centre for Jewish Campus Life for Jewish students attending Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. Its mission is to enhance the lives of students regardless of religious affiliation and level of observance. Info: or visit.


 J-Fellows, Federation’s young leadership development program, is positioned to engage, educate and empower those in their mid-20s to early 40s to take the lead in the Ottawa Jewish community. Stay-tuned for programming in 2024. For information, contact

The Ben Gurion Society (BGS) is a donor recognition program for individuals’ ages 25 to 45 who make a minimum gift of $1000 to the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Annual Campaign. BGS was founded upon three principles: Recognition, Education and Motivation. For more information, please email Michael Reznik or call (613) 798-4696 ext. 272.

Taglit Birthright Israel 
This program provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. It sends thousands of young Jews from around the world to Israel. more

The highlight of the Glebe Shul experience is Friday night, when we gather for spirited services and delicious home-cooked Shabbat dinners. We generally meet every other week. RSVP: or visit us at