The tragic events at our sister synagogue, Tree of Life, in Pittsburgh sadly reminds us of the fragility of our community and our resolve to protect all who enter through our synagogue and school doors.
Chizuk Amuno Congregation & Schools maintains a robust security program but recent events have focused us on additional security approaches and needs. In consultation with our Board of Trustees, Security Consultants, Office of Homeland Security, and Baltimore County Police, we will be instituting additional measures to respond to our recent security assessment.
Immediately after the Pittsburgh shooting, we increased the number of armed guards at the congregation, closed one weekday entrance to control and screen visitors, and hired a second guard for Shabbat mornings, holidays, and large special events. In future years, this additional security expense of approximately $85,000 will be incorporated into membership dues and school security assessments. Since we are in the middle of our synagogue year, we are asking our members and school families to contribute $50, $75, $100 or a donation of your choice towards a Security Fund to cover our needs and ensure our safety.
We are taught that “all of the Children of Israel are responsible for one another.” Please assist us with your contribution by donating below.
In addition to your generous financial support, we need your continuous help by being vigilant and reporting anything or anyone suspicious, by being aware of the locations of nearby exits, by refraining from leaving your vehicles on the parking lot after hours, and by not opening doors to allow unfamiliar people into our building.
As we approach the Thanksgiving season, we should be thankful that our large, vibrant, active congregation and schools have the support of our entire Chizuk Amuno family to make our facility as safe as possible.
Wishing you a peaceful, joyous, and family-filled Thanksgiving,
Sandra G. Moffet , President
Rabbi Joshua Z. Gruenberg
Count me/us in on helping to protect our synagogue and schools with a contribution of: