Purim is on Thursday, March 1st. Our Knoxdale classes will be cancelled that day in order to allow the students and teachers to celebrate the holiday with their families and friends. In honour of this holiday, OTT will be collaborating with Machzikei Hadas for a fun and exciting Purim event. Machzikei will be hosting a Purim Sudah on Thursday, March 1 with children’s Megillah reading, a costume parade, and lots of fun activities for adults and children alike. During the Sudan itself, our amazing morahs have organized some fun activities for all of the children to enjoy once they have finished their meals. If you are interested in attending the Sudah, please contact the shul office to reserve your spot. We hope to see everyone there.
Passover and Chocolate Seder
Passover begins on Friday, March 30. On Sunday, March 25 we will be hosting a chocolate seder at KBI from 3:30 – 5:30. Therefore, classes will be held at KBI that day. All OTT students are welcome (even if you do not usually attend Sunday classes. Please let me know via email if you plan to attend so that can ensure that we have enough chocolate for everyone. Parents are welcome to stay but you are also welcome to drop your children off for this event. If there are a few parents who might be available to help set up and provide extra eyes during the event, your help is always appreciated.
The OCDSB spring break is coming up in the middle of March. Classes will be cancelled from Sunday, March 11 until Thursday, March 15. All classes will resume beginning Sunday, March 18. therefore each group will only miss one class. Sunday classes will be cancelled on Sunday, March 11. Tuesday will be cancelled on Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday classes will be cancelled on Thursday, March 15.

Our Passover break this year is from Thursday, March 29 until Sunday, April 8 inclusive. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 10.

Sunday – last class before Passover: Sunday, March 25
– first class after Passover : Sunday, April 15

Tuesday – last class before Passover: Tuesday, March 27
– first class after Passover : Tuesday, April 10

Thursday – last class before Passover: Thursday, March 22
– first class after Passover : Sunday,April 12

Tu B’Shvat
Wednesday, January 31st is Tu B’Shvat. In order to celebrate, the teachers will be doing some special activities with students in class.
Mitzvah Day
Mitzvah day is taking place Sunday, February 4 at the JCC. It is going to be a great event so do not forget to register as soon as possible. Since Mitzvah Day is in the morning class will be held as usual in the afternoon.
Machzikei Hadas Kids Hanukkah Party
Machzikei Hadas is hosting a kids Hanukkah Party right after our Sunday class on December 17th. All students and their families are invited to participate. Please email Lianna Krantzberg, Youth Programming Coordinator at

Date: Sunday, December 17th
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Congregation Machzikei Hadas, 2310 Virginia Drive
Cost: FREE!

KBI and OTT Community Chanukkah Party
OTT will be co-hosting an all-ages Chanukkah Party with KBI right after our Tuesday class on December 12th. RSVP is required. Please email OTT at

Date: Tuesday, December 12th
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation, 1400 Coldrey Ave.
Cost: $10/Person or $20/Family (pay at the door)

OTT Shabbat at KBI
Please join us for a student-let Shabbat service followed by a delicious dinner. Friends and family are welcome. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Date: Friday, November 17th
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation, 1400 Coldrey Ave.
Cost: $18/Family or $10/Individual

Click here to register for the event.

October School Stuff
Over the next couple of months, the students will all be busy working on fun lessons on Shabbat, Tikun Olam, Chanukah and so much more…
Samko & Miko Toy Warehouse Donation to OTT
Shop at Samko & Miko Toy Warehouse from November 8 to November 12 and Samko & Miko will donate 10% of your purchase to Ottawa Talmud Torah! Or bring your store receipt to OTT for the donation to be made.
Come Check Out Ottawa Talmud Torah
Come check out Ottawa Talmud Torah and help us build a more vibrant Jewish community for our children!

When: Sunday, September 10, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Where: Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7P9

Talmud Torah Shabbat
Ottawa Talmud Torah to begin partnership with Kehillat Beth Israel
Link to original article at the OJB

Menorah Building at Home Depot
OTT is hosting an exclusive Menorah building program at Home Depot (Baseline Rd.) on Sunday, December 4 at 10:00 am. RSVP is required. Please contact OTT to register for this fun event!


Meet and Greet
Prospective and existing Ottawa Talmud Torah families are encouraged to attend our Meeet and Greet at 3:30-5:30pm on Sunday, September 11. This sure-to-be fun event will be held at our new Sunday locationMachzikei Hadas, 2310 Virginia Drive. Meet the teachers and have lots of fun!


School Supply List for Students
Parents are encouraged to review the school supply list for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
Great Changes Are Coming to Ottawa Talmud Torah
OJCS Grade 5 Partner2Gether Project
Ottawa Talmud Torah Afternoon School (OTTAS), Ottawa Modern Jewish School (OMJS), and Temple Israel Hebrew School are featured in an Ottawa Jewish Community School (OJCS) Grade 5 project.
Talmud Torah Shabbat
Friday, June 5th will be our annual Talmud Torah Shabbat program. For those who have not attended in the past, this is a wonderful family program we hold every spring, which includes a student-led Kabbalat Shabbat service and a family Friday night dinner. Students have already begun their in-class preparation for this meaningful event. In addition, as in previous years, we will be honouring Grade 1 students’ Siddur Celebration, and celebrating the achievements of our Grade 7 graduating class.

While the original date for Talmud Torah Shabbat was the previous week (May 29th), due to the unavailability of the venue for that date, we have moved the program to June 5th. The program will begin at 5:30pm, and as sunset is not until 8:28pm that evening, families wishing to drive home before the official onset of Shabbat will be able to do so. As in the last two years, Agudath Israel – the site of many previous Talmud Torah Shabbatot – has invited us to hold this special program in their beautiful facility. The service itself will remain student-led and fully pluralistic; if anyone has any questions on this point, do not hesitate to contact Rabbi Rotenberg.

As we collected a Talmud Torah Shabbat Fee for each student at the start of the year, there is no further charge for participation by students and their parents. Additional friends or family members over the age of 13 may attend the dinner at a cost of $30, while children under 13 are free. Due to the past success of this program, this year’s Talmud Torah Shabbat is open to the whole community, so feel free to invite anyone else who you believe would enjoy it.

In order to confirm the numbers for the set-up of the venue, as well as to place the catering order, please indicate to the office how many people will be attending from your family, at your earlier convenience.

Purim Celebration
Sunday, March 1st, will be our Family Purim Celebration. As in some past years, we are excited to celebrate Purim jointly this year with the students, staff, and families of Ottawa Modern Jewish School and Temple Israel Religious School. We will also be joined by members of Ottawa’s Sefardi Association for an educational and fun Purim “Sefardi Party”. Although you are welcome to drop off your children for a brief class at the regular time (9:00), the party itself will begin around 9:30 in our school gym. Students (and family members) are encouraged to come in costume. Family members are welcome to join us at that time, and to enjoy an abridged megillah reading, as well as activities, crafts, and food. In addition, Morah Sara’s class will be presenting their “Megillah on the Roof” musical numbers at approximately 11:20.
Family Engagement Program – The Cup of EliyahuSunday, March 8th, will be the next of our Family Engagement Programs, “The Cup of Eliyahu”. Regular classes will begin at 9:00 as usual. At 11:00, all family members are invited to join us to decorate goblets to be used for your family Seder. Following the program, the goblets will be taken to be fired in a kiln, and returned in time for Pesach. We would like to have enough goblets for each child, so if any siblings will be participating, please let us know as soon as possible. Dismissal will be at 12:15, as usual.
Havdallah On Ice
On Saturday, January 24th, we’ll be having an exciting program called “Havdallah on Ice”. This is a terrific Havdallah and skating program we had two years ago, and was one of our more enjoyable programs that year.

After Shabbat on Saturday night, we will meet for a fun night of skating on the fantastic Sens Rink of Dreams, including a meaningful group Havdallah. Shabbat ends at 5:46 that week, and families are welcome to begin skating at their convenience. We will meet next to the rink between 7:15 and 7:30 to make Havdallah together, and to enjoy some delicious hot chocolate courtesy of OTTAS.

Hillel Lodge Visit – Change of Date
I am writing to provide details on the upcoming family visit to Hillel Lodge. I am very excited about this Family Engagement Program, as this will be the first time since the introduction of our family program series that we, as a school community, will be taking the time to volunteer with those to whom our visit will be so meaningful.

Unfortunately, while this program was originally scheduled for this coming Sunday, November 2nd, in order to better suit the schedule and needs of the Hillel Lodge residents and staff, it will have to be delayed until later in the month. The new date for the program will be Sunday, November 23rd, at 11:00am.

Shortly before 11:00 that morning, we will gather the students in the lobby, and will walk next door to Hillel Lodge as a group. Parents, siblings, etc, are strongly encouraged to attend the program, and may meet us either in the school lobby, or at the Hillel Lodge entrance. As a school, we will be volunteering with the residents, as they participate in one of their most popular social programs, bowling. Students and parents will be asked to assist the residents, and to help contribute to the overall atmosphere of the program. Due to the relaxed and fun nature of the program, we will also have the opportunity to visit socially with the residents.

The program will run for approximately 45 minutes, after which we will return to school for our weekly school-wide Havdallah. Parents participating in the program will may able to take their children home slightly early. Regular pick-up will be at 12:15.

I look forward to coming together as a school community for this, and other special occasions throughout the year.

Rabbi David Rotenberg

New Teachers Joining OTTAS
It is with tremendous excitement that I announce the addition of two incredible educators to our teaching staff. Following the conclusion of the current holiday season, Chazzan Jeremy Burko and Sara Loewenthal will be joining the OTTAS team, teaching special classes to our older students on alternating Sundays. Both specialists will spend time in class with each of Grades 4/5 and Grades 6/7, which will also give these groups additional time to work more closely with Rabbi G.

Chazzan Jeremy – who is no stranger to our school, having previously been our guest for a Chanukah concert and Talmud Torah Shabbat, and a guest speaker for our Grade 8 Program – will be teaching units on Philanthropy and Jewish Ethics for Young Adults, Living Jewish History, and Contemporary Understanding of the Torah, as well as offering a monthly music class for all students.

Morah Sara will be focusing on Jewish learning through the arts – visual, performance, and even culinary.  She has plans for a wonderful dramatic production in honour of Purim, in which she intends to involve students of all ages.

I am incredibly proud of our teaching staff here at Talmud Torah, and I believe that the additions of Chazzan Jeremy and Morah Sara will help us to make our school even more amazing.  I am very excited for our students to have the opportunity to learn from these two fantastic teachers.

Welcome to the Talmud Torah Family, Chazan Jeremy and Morah Sara!

Rabbi David Rotenberg

School Supply List
Greetings Talmud Torah Families,

August is drawing to a close, which means that we’re now less than two weeks from the start of another exciting year together. With school just around the corner, I’m writing to provide you with a list of supplies that your children’s teachers have requested be brought for use in class.

JK/SK – Morah Miriam Friedman

  • A labelled change of clothing just in case of accidents, or in case their clothing gets dirty from crafts. This will be returned at the end of the school year
  • One (1 1/2 inch) hard cover binder
  • 1 pack of 8 Crayola washable markers (broad line)
  • 1 glue stick (not from Dollarama 🙂 in my experience they don’t work well!)

Children should come to school every week with a lunch box, a drink, snacks, and a backpack (so I can give them their projects and weekly newsletter).

Everything should be labeled please!

A rotation will also be set up for bringing grape juice and challah to school on Sundays for weeklhy Oneg Shabbat and Havdallah parties

Grades 1/2/3 – Rabbi Ely Braun

  • 10 pencils
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 box of 24 coloured pencils or crayons
  • 1 plastic envelope for transporting work between school and home

Grades 4/5/6 – Rabbi Shaya Greiniman (Rabbi G)

  • 1 Binder stocked with lined paper,
  • 1 Pencil case with writing instruments,
  • 1 Big smile, and
  • 1 positive attitude

Grades 7/8 – Rabbi G and Morah Malka Leimovici

  • 1 binder with section dividers stocked with lined paper
  • 1 pencil case stocked with writing instruments (to be left at school)

Just a reminder that all boys are required to wear a kippah in school, and should come with one every day of class. Anyone who would like to leave a supply of them in their classroom locker may do so.

We strongly suggest bringing snacks on both school days. As the school is a kosher facility, we ask that all snacks be kosher. Although the building is not strictly nut-free, as a precaution for those with allergies, it is best not to bring nuts to school. If your child does bring any peanut or nut products to school, please advise their teacher. When preparing snacks, please note that under the new Sunday schedule, the morning will be broken into three periods with two breaks (as opposed to the
single break under the old schedule).

Should you have any questions, please be in touch with the office.

Don’t forget to send in your registration forms if you haven’t yet done so.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on September 7th!

Rabbi David Rotenberg

First Day of Classes for the 2014-2015 School Year
Greetings Talmud Torah Families,

The 2014/2015 school year is fast approaching. The first day of classes will be Sunday, September 7th at 9:00 am to 12:15 pm. Notice that class times have changed for Sundays starting this year.

We would also like to remind all parents who have not yet registered their children for the upcoming school year to please do so as soon as possible.

The OTTAS staff and teachers are very much looking forward to another terrific year with our OTTAS families.

Last Day of Classes – Family Sports Day
Good Evening Talmud Torah Families,

It is crazy to think that another year has come and gone. Thank you all for making this year a great one for our school, and for me as principal.

As is our tradition, for the last day of school, we will be enjoying a special Family Sports Day this Sunday, June 15. Regular classes will begin at 9:30 as usual, but will wrap up between 10:30 and 10:45. Parents (and siblings) are then invited to join us at 10:45 for some fun and friendly sports activities for the rest of the morning.

We will have use of the gym for floor hockey, and the outdoor basketball court and soccer field.  Please feel free to bring your own gear if you are so inclined. Following all of that physical activity, refreshments will be served, and report cards will be distributed, before we send everyone home to enjoy the start of summer vacation!

All students (including Grades 7 & 8) are encouraged to attend, and all family members are welcome.

We hope to see you Sunday!

Rabbi David Rotenberg

Am Echad Walkathon 2014
The Walkathon has been a mainstay of the Ottawa Jewish Community’s calendar for decades, and Talmud Torah has always been an active and enthusiastic participant in this terrific event. As many of you likely know, a few years ago, the old Walkathon, which had previously supported UJA, and later, the JCC, was transformed into the “Am Echad Walk/Run” in support of Jewish Education. As a result, every dollar raised by participants goes to support the Jewish school of their choice.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 8th, and as in past years, we will be participating in the Walkathon in place of regular classes. The schedule for the morning is as follows:
8:30am – Registration opens – including timing chip pick up
9:30am – Opening Remarks at Start line
9:35am – Spartacat Stretch with Ryan the Trainer
9:45am – 3km run & 1km run/walk
10:00am – Family Fun Zone opens – including entertainment and food
11:30am – Event concludes

As in the past, we strongly urge our students and/or their families to register in the Walkathon, and to raise pledges to benefit OTTAS. Registration can be completed on the Am Echad website. Registering in the event entitles you to a Walkathon t-shirt, a racing bib, and a rental of a timing chip, and enables you to raise funds for our school. Pledges can then be collected using a printed pledge form and/or your own pledge webpage.

Students not registering in the event are still encouraged to attend. All are welcome to participate in the walk, and to enjoy the entertainment and food afterward.

If you have any further questions, please see the Am Echad FAQ or contact the school office.

We hope that this year’s Walkathon will be a big success for OTTAS and for the whole Ottawa Jewish Community. See you there!

Upcoming Events
A reminder of some upcoming OTTAS events…

Tuesday, May 6th (5-9pm) will be the community-wide Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration at the Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre (1315 Prince of Wales Dr.) As usual, we will be cancelling our regular classes for that afternoon to allow families attend the Yom Ha’Atzmaut event. We strongly urge everyone who is able to attend.

Sunday, May 11th will be the next in our series of Family Engagement Programs, entitled “The Family Beit Midrash”. A beit midrash is a traditional Jewish study hall, where Torah learning is conducted in partners or small groups with much spirit and gusto. Regular Sunday morning classes will end at 11:00am, at which point we ask parents, siblings, grandparents, and/or other family members to join us for a special family learning session. Age-appropriate sources and discussion questions will be provided for each family, who will have the opportunity to discuss and debate the given topic as a group, under the supervision of our teaching staff. A wrap-up discussion will take place shortly before regular dismissal at noon.

Friday, May 30th will be our third annual Talmud Torah Shabbat under its new format. Our Talmud Torah Shabbat event will begin with the Grade 1 Siddur Celebration, followed by a student-led Kabbalat Shabbat service and a delicious family Friday night dinner. Details on time and location TBA.

Updated Tuition Form and Class Schedule for 2014-2015
In accordance with the proposed changes starting with the 2014-2015 school year, the updated tuition and class schedules have been posted. Refer to the School Information page for information on schedule changes. Refer to the Forms and Downloads page for information on the updated tuition fees.

Exciting Changes at Talmud Torah

Dear Families of Talmud Torah,

It is with great excitement that we are announcing some changes at Talmud Torah for next year.  As a board, we have decided to change the format of the school to two days per week, while maintaining 5 hours of school per week.

As you are likely aware, the school has struggled to maintain enrollment over the last number of years.  As has been discussed many times, the number of school days continues to present logistical problems for many families. While OTTAS has served a key niche of families with our 3-day-per-week program for many years, it is clear that many families are choosing other supplemental schools due to this issue.  One might say that in the past what would have been our greatest asset (3 days-per-week) may today have become our greatest liability, as it relates to attracting new students.

Starting in September 2014, the school will hold classes on Sunday and Tuesday.  The Sunday program will be extended to run from 9:00am until 12:15pm and the Tuesday program will remain as 4:15pm until 6:00pm.  Depending on feedback from you, we may decide to adjust the times slightly, or perhaps even change the weekday class to a different day.  We remain committed to keeping at least 5 hours of classroom time each week.  In addition, we will be increasing the number of Family Engagement Programs during the year, which we have very much enjoyed over the last couple years.  The Grade 7 class, which currently attends on only Tuesday and Thursday, will meet on Sunday and Tuesday, as well.

There will be an Annual General Meeting for all parents on Sunday morning, March 30 at 10am (during school) to answer any questions and discuss further details of the changes.  Any prospective families you may know are also invited.  If you have questions, but cannot attend, you can also call the office, and a board member will call you back.

Another new initiative next year is a new Grade 8 program in partnership with Torah High: Talmud Torah High.  This will build on our existing Enhanced Ulpan Plus program and broaden the scope to become the only community-wide Grade 8 supplemental program in Ottawa.  In addition, it will offer high school credit.  Details will be coming out over the coming months.

Over the new few months, the board and Rabbi Rotenberg will be making a concerted effort to attract new families to Talmud Torah, but there is no better marketing than your word of mouth to your friends and colleagues.  In addition to remaining the community Jewish and Hebrew supplemental school with the most hours and most comprehensive program in Ottawa, we continue to offer:

·         5 hours of class in 2 days per week – still the most hours of any supplemental school in Ottawa.

·         Taxi service from public schools throughout the entire city.

·         Homework club for students before class (if public school ends early enough)

·         Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons included in tuition.

·         Community School, accepting of and teaching towards all Jewish backgrounds.

We look forward to renewed strength in the new school year!

The OTTAS Parent Board

A Purim Message from our Principal, Rabbi Rotenberg
Purim is fast approaching, and here at school we are gearing up to celebrate. This year Purim will begin on Saturday night, March 15th and run until Sunday evening (March 16th). While there will be no school on Purim itself due to March Break (we will celebrate in school on Tuesday the 18th), we would like to provide you with the information necessary to fulfill all aspectsof the holiday to their fullest extent. Naturally, Talmud Torah does not require participation in any extra-curricular observances, but for those that are so inclined, you should have every opportunity to do so.

As our students are learning, there are four mitzvot (commandments) of Purim: Reading the Megilah, Mishloach Manot (gifts of food), Matanot la’Evyonim (gifts to the poor), and the Purim Seudah (feast).

Ideally, everyone should listen to the full megilah on Purim itself – once on Saturday night and again on Sunday during the day. Most local synagogues will host at least one evening and one morning reading. For those who require, please contact me for a list of local congregations or help finding the service times. As part of our school Purim celebrations, we will behaving an abridged megilah reading on Tuesday. This reading will be purely for educational and entertainment purposes,and will provide students a chance to see an actual megilah up close, to hear how it is chanted, and to make noise upon hearing Haman’s name.

Mishloach Manot
In order to fulfill this mitzvah, each person should give a gift of two separate foods to each of two friends or family members. Other than that they be kosher(and edible), there are no specific requirements as to what the foods should be. The mishloach manot should be distributed on Purim during the daytime.

In addition to you being able to assemble and deliver your own mishloach manot, Connections Israel has contacted the school about a worthwhile program they run annually, enabling Jews in the Diaspora to send mishloach manot to active duty soldiers in the Israel Defence Forces on Purim. Although the deadline to include a personal letter has unfortunately already passed, the mishloach manot packages can be purchased right up until Purim. A package for one soldier costs $10, which can be paid to the school, or donated through Connections Israel directly at Please check out to see a video compilation of Israeli soldiers receiving past years’ packages, and their thank you messages.

Matanot La’Evyonim
To perform this mitzvah, one must give a gift of money for food to two people in need. Jewish Family Services and other charities collect funds for this purpose. Anyone wishing to give money for MatanotLa’Evyonim can donate through our school office, and arrangements will be made to have all funds raised distributed to the poor on Purim itself.

Ideally, this should be a festive and celebratory meal shared with family and friends. However,any meal containing bread and consumed during the daylight hours of Purim or begun before sunset (7:10pm on Sunday the 16th) even if finished afterward,will qualify. No Kiddush is recited, bu twine is customarily included in the meal. Anyone partaking of the meal should wash their hands and eat bread, and the birkat hamazon (grace after meals)including “Al HaNisim”, an additional paragraph for Purim, should be recited at its conclusion.

If you intend to contribute through the school to either of the mishloach manot program for IDF soldiers matanot la’evyonim, please make sure to specify to which fund your contribution should be directed.

If you have any further questions regarding any of the observances of Purim or how to fulfill them, please feel free to contact me either at the school  (tel. 613.722.8827) or by e-mail (

A happy Purim to all!

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Havdallah in the Snow
As announced a few weeks ago, Saturday evening, Feburary 22nd will be the rescheduled date for our family program, “Havdallah in the Snow”. Following up on the terrific time everyone had last year doing Havdallah while skating, this year we’ll be combining a family Havdallah with an exciting night of sledding!

Shabbat ends at 6:25pm, and families are welcome to meet any time after Shabbat is over. Havdallah will be made as a group at approximately 7:30.

The event will be taking place on the sled hill at Carlington Park at 937 Clyde Avenue.  The hill is lit for night-time sledding, and while it is quite high, it is not overly steep. We look forward to sharing this fun and meaningful program with you, and as always, all are welcome.

Nickel Wars
Greetings Talmud Torah Families,

This message is to remind everyone that Nickel Wars are now underway! The canisters will be available in the lobby at pick-up and drop-off times, and in the office at all other times. Bring in your change to help your team…and sabotage the other team!

Nickels count as five points for your team, and every other cent in non-nickel forms counts as one point against. The girls have won five years in a row…let’s see if they’ll take it again this year, or if the boys can come up with a big win!

Chanukah Party Reminder
Greetings Talmud Torah Families,

This is one final reminder about our school Chanukah celebration this Sunday, December 1st. This program is for all grades, so Grades 7 and 8 are strongly urged to attend. School begins at 9:30 as usual, but classes will run only until 10:45, at which time parents, siblings, and other family members are invited to join us in the staff room (in the basement).

The party will begin with a fun Chanukah sing-along led by Agudath Israel’s Chazzan Jeremy Burko. Morah Miriam will then direct students in an activity to make their own edible menorah. Latkes and donuts will be served, and there will be dreidels and Chanukah gelt for all children.

Chanukah Sameach!

Upcoming Program Updates
This Sunday, November 24th at 11:00am, Rabbi Tuvia Hoffman will be offering an optional parent class on The Afterlife and Reincarnation. Rabbi Hoffman will be a guest speaker for Grade 8 next week, and he has generously agreed to offer this fascinating class for our families this weekend.

Next Thursday, November 28th, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa will be hosting a special Chanukah Candle-lighting at the Senators vs. Canucks game at the Canadian Tire Centre. Tickets can be purchased through Capital Tickets as usual, but a discounted rate will be provided to those using the promo code, “DREIDEL”. Anyone attending the game is invited for candle-lighting and Chanukah treats in the main lobby during the first intermission.

Next Sunday, December 1st will be our annual school Chanukah celebration. Classes will begin at 9:30 as usual, with the Chanukah party beginning at 10:45. Parents and other family members are welcome, and all students (including Grades 7 and 8) are asked to attend.

Also next Sunday, December 1st will be the start of an incredibly exciting, brand new (kind of) school program and fundraiser. Introducing…Nickel Wars!!! For the last several years, our Penny War has been a source of fun, friendly competition, and help to defray some of the costs of Talmud Torah Shabbat. This year, thanks to the decommissioning of the penny, the rules will need to change ever-so-slightly. Two canisters will be put out in the lobby and at the school office at drop-off, recess, and pick-up on school days, one for boys and one for girls. Students are encouraged to bring in all their change (or even bills) to contribute to the Nickel War. Every nickel will count as five points for the team whose canister it’s put in. Every cent in non-nickel form will count for a point against that team. The girls have won every year since we first started Penny Wars. Can the boys turn things around with the first annual Nickel War? We’ll find out at Talmud Torah Shabbat (May 30th)!

Upcoming Family Programs
Now that we’ve returned to our normal schedule after the craziness of the fall holiday season, it’s time to begin planning for our Family Programs, as well as for a series of Adult Education classes we’ll be offering this year. Please take note of the following dates:

Sunday, October 27th at 11:00am – Parents are invited to join our students as we welcome a special guest speaker, JJ Keki, who will be sharing some of the stories, songs, and customs of the Jewish Community of Uganda. Last year, our school sent a shipment of school books to one of the Ugandan community’s Jewish schools, where these materials. This year we have an amazing opportunity to continue this relationship by welcoming one of their community leaders for this special program. All are encouraged to attend.
Now that we’ve returned to our normal schedule after the craziness of the fall holiday season, it’s time to begin planning for our Family Programs, as well as for a series of Adult Education classes we’ll be offering this year. Please take note of the following dates:

Sunday, November 3rd at 11:00am – Parents are invited for an optional adult education class on Jewish Bio-Medical Ethics by Rabbi Shmuel Iann. Rabbi Iann will be presenting a similar class as part of our Grade 8 “Ulpan Plus” Program’s guest lecture series, and he has kindly agreed to offer us a class for parents as well. Additional parent classes will be offered as the year goes on.

Thursday, November 7th at 5:45pm – This will be this year’s first Family Engagement Program, called “What in the World is Cholent?” Learn what ‘cholent’ is all about, and why it’s such a traditional food for Shabbat lunch. Hear about different family recipes and community customs, then assemble your own pan of cholent to cook at home for Shabbat. Students will be dismissed at 5:15 for a snack/dinner break before the program, so please send them with food and/or meet them at 5:15 to eat together. Then join us from 5:45 to 7:00 for this educational (and delicious) presentation. Sunday, November 10th will then be a Free Family Sunday.

Sunday, November 24th at 11:00am – Parents are invited for another optional class on “An Intro to Kabbalah: The Afterlife and Reincarnation” taught by Rabbi Tuvia Hoffman.  Similar to Rabbi Iann, Rabbi Hoffman will be a guest speaker for our Ulpan Plus Program, and is excited to share his knowledge with our parent body as well as our students.

2013-2014 Registration
Registration is still open for 2013-2014. OTTAS is proudly offering an amazing double-chai 36% discount to JCC campers for a first-time registration at OTTAS. Registration forms are now available for download. You can also pay online via PayPal (no account necessary).
New Program – Discount on Registration
The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is sponsoring a REBATE PROGRAM to encourage new families to register for supplemental hebrew schools – including OTTAS. This offer to open to any families whose children have never attended a Jewish supplemental school.

Please refer to their Facebook page for more information.

New website!
As you may have noticed, we have recently launched our new website. Thanks to Chris Jones and the Jewish Federation for helping to make this possible.

Please explore the site and discover:
* Our new, modern look and feel
* Use PayPal to make deposit, tuition, or Talmud Torah Shabbat payments
* Lots of pertinent school information
* New staff biographies (in progress)
* Picture galleries of past school events

If you notice anything that isn’t quite working or for any questions or comments on the website, please feel free to drop me a line:

Darryl Stal
Parent, Board Member, Webmaster