The Ottawa Jewish community traces its history to the middle of the 19th century. The first Jewish settler, Moses Bilsky, came to Ottawa from Russia in 1858, left three years later and returned to stay in 1869. He and his descendants played an important role in the development of the type of community we know today. There were only a handful of Jews in Ottawa in the 1860 and 1870s but by the 1880s, religious services were flourishing in homes, notably that of Moses Bilsky and his family.
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