Fire, theft at NCSY Centre in Ottawa

The NCSY Centre in Centrepointe Plaza was broken into late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. Electronics were stolen and a fire was set. No one was present at the time of the incident so there were no injuries but most of the contents of the centre were either stolen or destroyed in the fire.

According to Ottawa Police, it was a random break-in and there is no evidence to indicate it was a targeted attack against a Jewish community institution.

One of NCSY Ottawa’s busiest programs is Torah High, a supplementary Jewish educational program for students enrolled in public high schools. NCSY staff has notified students and parents that a plan of action to ensure students can complete the academic year is being put in place.

“Torah High is a cherished program within the community that has provided many positive Jewish experiences for local teenagers. Federation intends to do everything it can to support NCSY in its efforts to find a short-term alternative and eventually to rebuild,” said a statement released by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.


The Jewish Federation of Ottawa released the following statement today announcing the establishment of the NCSY Centre Fire Relief Fund:

Federation Opens Fund to Help NCSY and Torah High

Immediately following the announcement of the break-in and fire at the NCSY Centre, the power, strength and compassion of Ottawa’s Jewish community was evident. On what was an exceptionally difficult day for NCSY staff, students and alumni, there was an overwhelming amount of moral and practical support offered for our community’s teens.

NCSY’s leadership is committed to ensuring a seamless continuation of service to the 200 teens it currently serves, including the over 100 Torah High students who use the NCSY Centre every week. According to Gaby Scarowsky, NCSY and Torah High Executive Director, “teens enrolled in Torah High have been working hard all year and we are determined to make sure they can complete the school year. It is not an easy task dealing with the trauma of a fire, the logistics of organizing activities at a new location, scrambling for supplies and all the inevitable paperwork that comes from such a loss. Yet, we are determined to make it happen and give our teens the experiences they deserve.”

In order to do this, NCSY and Torah High need your help.  Accordingly, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa has setup the “NCSY Centre Fire Relief Fund.”

To make a tax-deductible donation, please complete the secure form on our website here, or, please mail a cheque to the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa, ON, K2A 1R9 with “NCSY Centre Fire Relief Fund” in the memo line. 100% of all donations will be immediately directed to NCSY.

By considering a donation to the “NCSY Centre Fire Relief Fund”, you will help demonstrate to our teens that being part of a community, means you never stand alone. You will help ensure that NCSY and Torah High continues their stellar work engaging and teaching teens, even as they deal with logistical challenges and unexpected and immediate expenses.

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa believes strongly in the work of NCSY and will continue to provide financial, moral and practical support, just as members of our team stood side-by-side with them all day yesterday.

For more information, please contact Bram Bregman, Vice President of Community Building for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, at



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