A fire on Wednesday evening, April 2 at the home of Rabbi Chaim and Yocheved Boyarsky, co-directors of Chabad Student Network, forced them and their five children to evacuate. Most importantly, the entire family is safe, but the house, which is the base for their wide variety of programming for Jewish students on campus, is uninhabitable for the next few months.
The fire has directly impacted Chabad Student Network’s ability to prepare and serve 750 meals over Passover to university and college students in Ottawa who live on campus. Hillel on Campus works with Chabad Student Network to refer its students for their Passover needs, making this necessity even greater.
The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is working with Chabad Student Network to be able to still provide meals and programs to students over Passover. Congregation Beth Shalom, located downtown near the University of Ottawa campus, has generously agreed to allow Chabad Student Network to prepare its Passover food and host its student seders on site. The Federation has donated the services of the Ottawa Vaad HaKashrut to help make this happen.
Further, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa has setup a fund for community members to be able to contribute to help Rabbi & Mrs. Boyarsky continue to offer Passover meals in the coming weeks and Shabbat meals, programs and classes in the coming months.
To make a tax-deductible donation, please complete the secure form on our website, or, please mail a cheque to Jewish Federation of Ottawa, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa, ON, K2A 1R9 with “Chabad Student Network Fund” in the memo line.
This is truly an example of a spirit of collaboration and the community coming together to help one another.
For more information, please contact Bram Bregman, Vice President of Community Building for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, at firstname.lastname@example.org.