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MYTH: There are no Jews in our
community living in poverty.
FACT: More than 1200 Jews in Ottawa are living in Poverty. They may be our neighbours, friends, and family. They may be new immigrants here to make a fresh start, individuals struggling with mental health issues, seniors, Holocaust survivors, families with dual working parents, and single parent families.

For nearly 20 years, you have helped us provide emergency assistance to the most vulnerable and otherwise isolated 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. Please join us in support of the Ezra Campaign by making a donation online or by phone at 613-722-2225.

What can do with your support:

Provide a safe and positive place for over 1200 Jews in our community when they need help.

Assist over 500 individuals and families in our community each month.

Provide financial assistance to women living with domestic violence to help them leave abusive relationships.

Help strengthen individuals and families who have been derailed by unexpected and tragic events.

Assist individuals in our community to meet their basic essential needs.

Support families in times of crisis.

100% of the funds
raised through the
Ezra Campaign
Jewish Families
in Ottawa. Donate Now!

How Your Donation Makes a Difference

“Ten years ago I found myself in a situation that turned me to talking to a friend for some advice. That friend knew about Jewish Family Services and she shared with me all, and more of what JFS does.

Fifteen years ago my marriage fell apart, my ex-husband disappeared and I was left alone to raise two children, both of whom have significant issues. My oldest daughter suffers from anxiety, depression and OCD, my youngest daughter with Autism. When I first met my social worker I was embarrassed to ask for help. She was so kind that within no time I was opening up to her about everything. She made sure I knew that I was doing the right things for my daughters and myself. I could see a light at the end of the tunnel!

She told me about the Tikvah program and all the support that I could access including some monthly food vouchers, Miriam’s Well and also counselling. I have to admit, at first I did not want to go to Miriam’s Well, but when encouraged it was the best choice I could have made, especially for my daughters. The burden it takes off some of the grocery bill each month is extremely helpful. Then the gift cards! Because my kids have so many needs, even as adults they will continue to live with me. I feed a family of four adults now and I cannot tell you what the continued help from JFS has done for my family. Thank you so much!”

JFS Tikvah Client