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.

Administrative Team

Executive Director
Sarah Caspi, MSW, RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 246
Associate Executive Director
Andrea Gardner, MSW, RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 321
Chief Financial Administrator
Laurie Chochinov, CPA, CGA
613-722-2225 ext. 344
Director of Development
David Dern, CFRE
613-722-2225 x 325
Director of Counselling and Mental Health
Michael Gershuny, M.Ed, MSW, RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 410
Human Resources Specialist
Karen Ruyter
613-722-2225 ext. 248

Program Management Team

Clinical Supervisor, Thelma Steinman Support Services for Seniors & Manager, Assistance Programs for Jewish Victims of Nazi Germany
Iris Beer
613-722-2255 ext. 311
Manager, The Counselling Group
Wendy Cotton, MSW RSW
613-722-2225 ext. 414
Manager, Settlement Services
Adriana Jary
613-722-2225 ext. 322
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
Manager, Diverse Seniors Support Services | Interim Manager, Thelma Steinman Seniors Support Services
Laura Thomas, SSW 
613-722-2225 ext. 313
Manager, Refugee and Vulnerable Newcomers
Carmen G. Urbina, M.Ed, RP
613-722-2225 ext. 245

Board members

Steven Morgan
Dr. Mark Luden
Vice President
Dr. Riva Levitan
Hugh Shewell
Leslie Siegman
Past President
Jack Shinder
Board Member
Ariella Mintz
Board Member
Christopher Adam
Board Member
Esther Rossman
Board Member
Marina Milyavskaya
Board Member
Erica Sher
Board Member
Dr. Khashayar Shariati
Board Member
Jenny Shinder
Board Member
Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth
Board Member
Aviva Ben-Choreen
Board Member
Dr. Alan Karovitch