|October 27, 2018
As you may know, there was a tragic incident this morning at our sister synagogue, Tree of Life Congregation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our hearts go out to the families affected by this senseless act of violence and to the congregation and community. Now is a time for our community to be unified and strong in the face of increased anti-Semitism. While we never want the voice of extremism to guide our world, we also must take every precaution available to protect our sacred congregation.
At Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools we take the safety of our community extremely seriously and have instituted extra measures and precautions. Within minutes of the incident we were in immediate contact with Baltimore County Police, our security company, the security consultants of the local and national Jewish community, and our synagogue leadership.
Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools has a serious and robust security protocol and measures regularly reviewed by security experts, our senior leadership, and our security committee. We will be immediately increasing our security presence and procedures and are working with local law enforcement and our security consultants to continue to evaluate our practices and plans. On Tuesday morning, our House, Grounds, & Security Committee will be meeting for a security review.
In recent years, we have benefited from Homeland Security Grants to harden and protect our facility and have just received a new grant to further enhance the safety of the members, students, children and guests who visit our congregation and schools.
We appreciate your vigilance when visiting the building by reporting anything suspicious, by entering through the designated security entrance, by securing doors as you exit, and by not letting people in through auxiliary doors and exits. We also apologize in advance for any inconvenience that our security procedures may create for you and your family.
The leadership of the synagogue and schools will continue to keep you informed and involved. We share your concerns and welcome your thoughts.
May this coming week be one of comfort and peace for our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh, you, your family, our community, and the world.