Several months have passed since the terrible tragedy in Pittsburgh, yet the images we all viewed on TV are still so vivid in my mind. As all of us come to grips with this tragedy, it’s important to know that our Temple Board has been discussing steps we can take to better secure our Temple and Religious School. Discussions started before that horrific event, but unfortunately, that awful Sabbath morning brought to light how serious a concern safety is.
Although there are no easy answers to this challenging topic, we are taking steps to assess our current security and how we can improve it. We recently met with local and state law enforcement officials who gave us some suggestions to better secure our facilities.
We want to develop a plan in which we all feel safe, yet at the same time we want to be an inviting and friendly Temple. A few new security measures have already been implemented with more to come in the near future. We will notify you as new practices and policies are put into place.
All of us are part of the solution and we all need to work together to ensure a secure and welcoming congregation. I appreciate your patience and support as we continue to address this most difficult issue.