The JFS Tikvah Program

Support Services For Jewish Families

Case Management & Advocacy

The Tikvah program provides information and referral services, crisis intervention, and social work counselling (both individuals and families) for Jewish low income individuals and families.

The Tikvah program endeavors to raise the profile of the disenfranchised and marginalized to the Ottawa community at large, and the Jewish community in particular.

Tikvah Social Workers are available to help clients access community services in both the Jewish community and the Ottawa community at large.

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Financial Assistance

The Tikvah Program provides one-time or monthly financial assistance for Jewish people living below the Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO). To apply for assistance, clients must complete an ‘Application for Assistance’ form with a social worker and provide relevant financial documentation such as proof of income source and expense documentation. A copy of your tax assessment is required.

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Emergency Relief (EZRA Fund)

The Ezra Fund is an emergency fund for Jewish persons in extreme financial crisis. The Ezra Fund is made possible by donated funds from the community and allows us to respond quickly to those in immediate need, whether that be with rent relief, assistance with maintaining heat and hydro, or direct financial assistance.

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Jewish Holiday Relief

Holiday financial assistance is provided to individuals and families who qualify through the Tikvah program.

Loblaws Gift Cards or cheques are made available to assist with the added costs of celebrating the Jewish Holidays.

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Food Relief

Miriam’s Well -Fruit and Vegetable Distribution

Fresh fruits and vegetables are available to low income Jewish individuals and families who qualify under the Tikvah program. In order to access this program call and speak to the Tikvah Manager – Andrea Gardner 613.722.2225 ext. 321 or .

Miriam’s Well is held on the last Monday of every month at Agudath Israel Synagogue, 1400 Coldrey Avenue between 2:00-6:00pm.

Agudath Israel’s Kosher Food Bank

Once a month kosher non-perisbles available. Tikvah social workers make referrals to Agudath Israel’s Kosher Food Bank program. If you would like to be referred to the Kosher Food Bank, call a Tikvah worker today to apply.

Space is limited.

Ottawa Food Bank

The Ottawa food bank runs food banks through the City of Ottawa. If you need food immediately call 613.745.7001 or go to to locate your nearest foodbank.

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JFS Discount Card

A Discount Card is available to all those who qualify under the Tikvah program, and is necessary in order to be able to receive Miriam’s Well and the Kosher Food Bank. It can also be presented to receive discounts at the SJCC gym, pool, etc. Discount Card holders may qualify for special pricing on a synagogue membership. Clients can speak to their Tikvah Worker for more information.

Presenting a Discount Card at a JFS program entitles the holder to a special Tikvah rate, for that program. The card is valid for one year and can be renewed by meeting with a Tikvah Worker.

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Useful Links

Ontario Works

Ontario Disability Support Program

Ottawa Food Bank


Ottawa Public Library

Youth Services Bureau

OC Transpo

City of Ottawa


Ontario Drug Benefit: Trillium Drug Program

Legal Aid Ontario

Soloway Jewish Community Centre

Service Canada


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Reviewed 04-25-12