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OJD 2020 Greetings Message online


Ottawa Jewish Directory is turning 70!

Help Na'amat Canada Ottawa celebrate 70 years of the Ottawa Jewish Directory 2020-5780. Purchase a Greetings Message in the 2020 Directory to commemorate a special person or event in your life.  With the purchase of a Greetings Message, you will receive a complimentary Directory and a tax receipt for a portion of the value of your message. 

The deadline to submit your Greetings Message is March 23, 2020.  To view various rates and sizes and to purchase a Greetings Message, Click here.

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Mother's Day Cards and Donation Cards

Every year we celebrate Mother's Day by selling cards to either honor or remember our loved ones.  Whether you send a card to a mother, a grandmother, a friend or to someone you lost touch will bring a smile to their face and appreciate that your generosity will help a mother in Israel who is strugling to bring up her children.

Both Mother's day cards and donation cards are very successful fundraising projects.

Ott 2019 Spring into Health

Spring into Health 2019

• It took place at “This is healthful” (a multidisciplinary health education center) this past May 5, 2019

• We attracted 35 participants,

• program included information on cooking with zero waste and recipes for a plant-based diet.

• This is an annual fundraising event

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School Supplies for Kids

Many children in the Ottawa area, whose families have been affected by violence and have fled to domestic violence shelters, could be returning to school this fall with few or no resources to buy school supplies. Na'amat Canada has stepped up to fill this need with our School Supplies for Kids project.

Danielle Schneiderman is the program's chair for Ottawa. Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF) has provided us with a grant and plans are underway to provide children in eight Ottawa shelters a gift of new backpacks filled with the tools they need to enter school.
To volunteer for this project, please contact

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The 30-year story of our Passover Kosher Wine Sale

Each year before Passover, NA’AMAT Ottawa held a kosher wine sale to raise funds that helped women & families in Israel and Canada. We offered kosher wines from Israel, France, Italy, Chile & more, at competitive prices and with convenient pick-up. This was done in conjunction with a synagogue and a Canadian Hadassah Wizo chapter. It all took place just before Passover at the synagogue where a Passover Fair took place. The Ottawa residents supported us, and we became know in the community not only for the provision of a Jewish Directory but also for the Passover wine merchants. Unfortunately, the baby Boomer’s strength dwindled, and we had to give up this project. We are willing to advise any group who might be interested in picking up this project in any Canadian city.


Na'amat Members Facebook Group

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Our Chapters


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This Baby Boomers' group meets monthly and enjoys an array of interesting speakers and activities. Their numbers are increasing, and they are always ready to help with many projects such as the Jewish Directory, Chanukah Fair, Spring into Health or bringing in new members. While they no longer do the Passover wine sale, they are proud of the 30 years of providing the Ottawa community with Kosher for Passover Wine (see detailed story)

Chana Senesh


While this chapter no longer exists and many of its members are no longer with us, these senior members inspired us in many ways. Their long-time experience and dedication to Na’amat’s goals strengthened our organization. We celebrate and are proud of these amazing ladies.



This talented group of women, aged from the 40-50, meet occasionally for social programs and a game of Mah Jongg. As volunteers and working mothers they participate in our council projects such as Spring into Health and the School bag project.

President's Message

Marilyn Schwartz Ottawa

Two years have gone by since I have taken this position and I am happy to report that it has been busy but very rewarding.

I shared the presidency for the first year with Toby Herscovitch (as co-presidents) and it was a pleasure to have Toby as my better half. Her dedication to Na’amat Ottawa has been very much appreciated by me, our council members and the Aviva Chapter.

We were all sad to see Toby leave Ottawa, but Ottawa’s loss was Toronto’s gain where I am sure she will continue her unwavering dedication to Na’amat and will continue working to improve the lives for women, children and families both in Canada and in Israel.

Our important fundraising activities include the Ottawa Jewish Directory (which has transitioned from a just telephone Directory to more of an encompassing community reference), our Spring into Health event, and a few smaller projects which bring all our working women and volunteers together toward our common goal of providing social services for disadvantaged women and children of all religions and ethnicities

I am proud to be president of Na’amat Canada Ottawa, an amazing organization that sets the bar high for women's rights and opportunities.

Na’amat Ottawa always welcomes new members and supporters. We offer programs that include speakers on popular issues, unique fundraising events, and socializing with other talented women. Come experience for yourself how great it feels to be part of a woman’s group that has the power and influence to improve lives!

In Israel, Na’amat runs the country’s largest network of daycare centres, safe shelters for preventing domestic violence, innovative vocational schools for troubled teens, legal counselling, women’s health centres and more.

Across Canada, Na’amat manages various projects that have been helping women and families in need for more than 90 years. Here in Ottawa, for example, each year we produce a growing number of backpacks filled with school supplies for children in local women’s shelters. Come and help us with this local project every August.

That’s why our passionate members and generous supporters are so important. Together, we help make these projects and services possible. In return, Na’amat lets us connect with new friends, participate in many social activities, and, of course, meaningful volunteer work that makes a positive difference for women and families.

Let’s connect,

Marilyn Schwartz, President, Na’amat Canada Ottawa

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Na'amat Canada Ottawa

Address: 84 - 1554 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7M4

Phone: (613) 788-2913
Fax: (613) 822-8194