About JFS

Jewish Family Services of Ottawa (JFS) is a full service, non-sectarian agency serving residents of the greater Ottawa area – located at 2255 Carling Avenue, Suite 300. We offer more than 65 programs and services to children, youth, adults and seniors, be they individuals, couples, families or groups.

Our Vision

Through Jewish traditions, values and culture, to build a community where people can learn to care for themselves and each other with dignity, respect and compassion.

Our Mission

In the spirit of “Tikkun Olam,” our mission is to strengthen Jewish individual, family and communal life, and to strengthen individual, family and communal life in the greater Ottawa community. The mission is accomplished through direct social service, partnership, and advocacy.

Executive Team

Executive Director
Mark Zarecki, MSW, RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 305
Assistant Executive Director, Director of Tikvah and Settlement Services
Andrea Gardner, MSW, RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 321
Assistant Executive Director, Director of The Counselling Group and The Walk-In Counselling Clinic
Rebecca Fromowitz, MSW RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 410
Assistant Executive Director, Director of Seniors Services, and Shalom Bayit: Violence Against Women Program
Sarah Caspi, MSW, RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 246
Chief Financial Administrator
Laurie Chochinov, CPA, CGA
613-722-2225 ext. 344


Manager, The Thelma Steinman Seniors Support Services
Lisa Rossman, MSW RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 392
Manager, Diverse Seniors Support Services
Laura Thomas, SSW 
613-722-2225 ext. 313
Manager, The Counselling Group
Wendy Cotton, MSW RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 414
Manager, The Centre for Children, Youth and Families
Kathryn Owens, MSW, RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 351
Manager, The Tikvah Program
Shelley Rivier, MSW RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 323

Board members

Jack Shinder
Vice President
Mitch Charness
Second Vice President
David Davis
Honourary Vice President
Rabbi Reuven Bulka
Howard Geller
David Weinstein
Past President
John Jackson
Board Member
Esther Rossman
Board Member
Harvey Goldberg
Board Member
Mike Klein
Board Member
Peggy Kleinplatz
Board Member
Dr. Mark Luden
Board Member
Steve Morgan
Board Member
Cynthia Powell
Board Member
Brenna Rivier
Board Member
Christopher Adam