For over 32 years, Ottawa Torah Institute has been providing for the educational needs of the Ottawa Jewish community. Our graduates have gone on to the best Yeshivas and Universities in Israel and across North America, and are now leaders and contributing members of their communities. Building upon that excellent base, OTI looks to the future with new goals and a new philosophy. We stand for excellence in both Judaic and Secular studies. Not only for our own community, but for communities in Toronto and Montreal who share in our values. We are dedicated to providing stimulating and interactive Judaic Studies classes, providing the students with analytic and critical thinking skills as well as a comprehensive Secular Studies program leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Our dynamic caring and warm Rabbeim are committed to the personal growth and well-being of each student. The administration develops a partnership with parents in their sons’ education which encourages an open, ongoing dialogue between school and home. The environment is one that fosters refinement of character using the Mussar approach, which develops each individual student’s strengths to their full potential as a leader of their generation. Exciting extra-curricular activities and meaningful Shabbos programming are scheduled throughout the year.
At OTI, our Rabbeim are attuned to the individual needs of today’s teenagers. Our staff’s excitement for learning and enthusiasm for growth permeates the walls of the Yeshiva and enables the talmidim to grow and learn with energy and happiness. The Rabbeim have an open-door policy and are available in Yeshiva and after hours for any topic of conversation, whether for advice, a listening ear, or to clarify a personal issue. Close relationships are fostered and encouraged and are meant to last for a lifetime. The open and warm environment builds trust between the Rebbi and talmid thereby strengthening the bonds of connection allowing the talmidim to thrive during their crucial developmental years in all areas of their life – educational, spiritual, physical and emotional.
Special Focus on Middos
An integral aspect of a young man’s development as a ben Torah is his growth in the areas of bein adam l’chaveiro and bein adam l’atzmo. By utilizing the Mussar approach for which Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim and its branches is known, our talmidim are given the tools to grow and foster positive habits as well as healthy and meaningful relationships with others and with Hashem. These techniques are delivered both formally through the study of classic Mussar texts, Chumash classes, and the Friday morning Shmuess, as well as through informal groups and individual sessions. The tone of the yeshiva environment, whether in the classroom, lunchroom, on the court, or in the dormitory is one of mutual respect and sensitivity towards others, and an awareness of making a Kiddush Hashem in all interactions.
Part of an International Chinuch Network
OTI is an affiliate institution of the Rabbinical Seminary of America – Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim’s international Torah network, which is comprised of Yeshivas, Mesivtas, Batei Medrash, shuls and kiruv organizations in over 100 communities worldwide. Chofetz Chaim’s specialty which is unique to the Chinuch landscape is the Yeshiva High School. The resources and experiences of the vast network affords our Yeshiva invaluable guidance and direction both hashkafically and practically. Each Yeshiva is suited specifically to the community which invites it and is jointly directed by its Roshei Yeshiva and Board of Directors.