Hillel Lodge: “The funding from the Foundation helps us in everything we do.”
The Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation was created by a group of caring community philanthropists who wanted to make sure that Jewish Ottawa would always be protected and have the necessary resources to care for its community members. None of those founders could have foreseen that 50 years into its creation, the Foundation would now be helping to protect the community during a pandemic.
And among those most at risk are our beloved seniors. Thankfully, our community is home to the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge – the Ottawa Jewish Home for the Aged.
Founded in 1955 by members of Ottawa’s Jewish community, Hillel Lodge opened its doors with 29 beds in 1965 at 125 Wurtemburg Street in the Lowertown neighbourhood in which much of Ottawa’s Jewish community had been concentrated before the community started to spread out across the city.
In 2000, the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge moved to its new 100-bed facility – the Joseph and Inez Zelikovitz Long-Term Centre – at 10 Nadolny Sachs Private on Ottawa’s Jewish Community Campus. In 2011, the Lodge expanded by 21 beds to reach its current capacity of 121 residents.
This is a unique long-term care home and the only facility in the city with a mission to offer its services in a traditional Jewish environment. Over the last decade, the Hillel Lodge has received more than $1.5M in allocations from the Foundation. This funding helps keep residents safe and also helps support its unique Jewish environment.