Special appeal!

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Our supplies are running low and we are in need of these items:

  • Oral supplies like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and floss.
  • Diapers – in particular size 5 diapersdiaper kfb


Please note that the supplies may be dropped off between 9 and 5 pm Monday to Thursdays, 9 to 2 pm on Fridays to the Food Bank at KBI on 1400 Coldrey Ave., or to any of the Kosher Food Bank bins around the city and synagogues.

Any questions can be directed to

Thank you!


Passover food distribution is complete

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Thank you to all those who donated for Passover and to our dedicated volunteers who helped organize and distribute the food products.

We have just finished our Passover distributions, and do not require any more matzoh products.

For those of you who would still like to donate food items, [lease consult our list of standard most needed products.

Thanks again to all our donors and volunteers. We wish you and your families a very happy Passover. Chag Pesach Sameach!

Jewish Family Services

If you or your family needs support, help is out there.

Jewish Family Services offers various avenues of support for the Jewish community in Ottawa including emergency financial assistance, counselling, food security, Shalom Bayit, Thelma Steinman Seniors Support Services.

Visit for more information
300-2255 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2B 7Z5
Or call 613-722-2225

Kosher symbol guide


What is a Hechsher? What Are All Those Symbols?

There is an art to buying kosher which involves checking  all prepared foods for the seal of rabbinic supervision.

What it means is that there is a reliable independent supervisor (mash­giach), a person who is knowledgeable in laws of kashrut, who spends time at the plant overseeing the entire process, from re­ceipt of the new foodstuffs to shipment of the finished products. There are a number of registered kashrut symbols to look for, shown in the image above.

None of these symbols should be confused with ®, which does not mean Orthodox rabbis; it means registered trademark. For reliability of the above certifications, one should check with one’s own rabbi.