Jewish Family Services of Ottawa

On Giving Tuesday, support our EZRA Campaign
Emergency Relief for People in the Jewish Community

More than 1,200 Jews in Ottawa live in poverty. They are our neighbours, friends and family. They are new immigrants making a fresh start, individuals struggling with mental health issues, seniors, Holocaust survivors, families with two working parents and single-parent families.   

They are forced to make the difficult choice between food, shelter and medicine every day.

With your support, Jewish Family Services is dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. Every dollar you donate to the EZRA campaign supports those who struggle each day to provide for themselves and their families.

Jewish Family Services is the only Jewish agency in Ottawa providing direct financial relief  and  assistance to members of our own community. Your support is what makes that possible.

Poverty is epidemic; however, difficulties with living costs for Jews are exacerbated by the added expenses associated with being Jewish – keeping kosher, becoming members of synagogues and community centres and celebrating Jewish holidays. The EZRA Fund provides Jewish families with assistance for their basic needs, food and shelter.

We graciously ask for your help again.

For nearly 20 years, you have helped JFS provide emergency assistance to the most exposed members of our community. You can support the EZRA Campaign by donating to the JFSO Tzedakah Foundation on Giving Tuesday by clicking on the Donate button below, by calling 613-722-2225, or online at

With your support and generosity, we can continue to provide this essential assistance to our Ottawa Jewish community.

Thank you,
Mark Zarecki,
Executive Director

Jack Shinder,

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