Life & Legacy

The Ottawa Jewish Community School has joined eleven other local Jewish organizations who have made a commitment to work together to support the future of the Ottawa Jewish community.  Under the leadership of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, our community is delighted to be delivering and implementing the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF)’s “LIFE & LEGACY®” initiative.

LIFE & LEGACY is a four-year partnership initiative of the HGF that assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities.

LIFE & LEGACY is an innovative program designed to change the philanthropic conversation in our community by creating a collaborative approach to legacy giving.  Everyone has the power to be a legacy donor and make a difference for future generations.

Why leave a Legacy Gift?

Since 1949, the Ottawa Jewish Community School has been a cornerstone of Jewish life in Ottawa.  We produce leaders and active members of the Ottawa Jewish community who contribute to Jewish life and to the quality of life in Ottawa in an extremely significant manner.  We develop leaders of Jewish organizations, schools and synagogues, all of which flourish as a result.  In addition, nearly every secular charitable initiative in Ottawa benefits from the explicit Jewish leadership and generosity taught and experienced at OJCS.  However, we cannot take for granted that what was once true will always be true.  If we want that to continue – if we want to secure our Jewish future – we need to ensure that OJCS will be here to educate the next generations of leaders.  Jewish leadership requires Jewish leaders who know how to lead – not just as Jews, but according to Jewish values.

We are so honoured to provide Ottawa’s Jewish community with a rigorous, high-quality, innovative secular and Jewish education for its children, and it is a responsibility that we take very seriously. Creating your Jewish legacy will help OJCS remain sustainable long after you are gone.  While gifts to current operations (annual campaign) are essential to meet ongoing needs, contributions like LIFE & LEGACY are invested to provide benefits for generations to come. You can help to endow our children with the values and knowledge they need for the future by contributing to an endowment that will itself live in perpetuity.

Thank you, merci, and תודה רבה LIFE & LEGACY® Circle Members

We are so grateful for our OJCS and LIFE & LEGACY Circle members!   

  • Anonymous (6)
  • André and Carole Brantz
  • John and Dayra Diener
  • Josh Engel
  • Jonathan Freedman
  • Howard and Melanie Fremeth
  • Steven and Rosalyn Fremeth
  • Jessica Greenberg
  • Elie Kardish-Kamil & Arie Kamil
  • Rabbi Eytan Kenter and Staci Zemlak-Kenter
  • Steven and Shelli Kimmel
  • Agnes Victoria Klein
  • Richard Roth and Dr. Riva Levitan
  • Ian and Estelle Melzer
  • Jeff and Rhoda Miller
  • Dr. Jon and Jaimee Mitzmacher
  • Mitchell Novick and Ilana Albert-Novick
  • Adina Libin and Micah Potechin
  • Neil and Gillian Presner
  • Frayda Raber
  • Joel Sachs
  • Lorne Segal 
  • Allan and Stephanie Shefrin
  • Ian and Randi Sherman
  • Sol and Zelaine Shinder
  • Erin and Aaron Smith
  • Freddie Seller and Stacey Steinman
  • Lenora and Evan Zelikovitz
OJCS (aka Hillel Academy) has been a part of my life from as far back as I can remember. My spouse and I have included OJCS in our LIFE & LEGACY plans because we want to ensure that Jewish education is a strong and thriving part of the Ottawa community now and long into the future.


The Ottawa Jewish Community School


My spouse and I have included OJCS in our LIFE & LEGACY plans because...
We chose OJCS to be included in our life and legacy giving because we feel strongly about Jewish day school education in Ottawa.   Our own children thrived in the warm environment.  We saw firsthand, the school striving for academic excellence in three languages, while incorporating Jewish values and traditions.   We need this to continue in our community. 

-Riva and Richard

The Ottawa Jewish Community School

-Riva and Richard

We need this to continue in our community. 
The Ottawa Jewish Community School
For more information on how you can support the OJCS please contact:
Staci Zemlak-Kenter, Director of Development at  or  613.722.0020  x 378

This list is updated as of Jan. 17, 2022