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June, 2024
Iyar – Sivan, 5784

With the rise of antisemitism, security measures at Bnai Shalom have been enhanced beyond the Security officers present during services and communal events. We now utilize interior and exterior cameras and panic buttons which have been paid for with a grant we received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bnai Shalom is further committed to increasing its security footprint as we plan on applying for another grant this fall that would be used for new push bars on doors, extra lighting in the parking lot, etc. Another initiative we are pursuing involves providing safety and security training for all congregants.

Timothy A. Brooks, Regional Security Advisor of the Secure Community Network, will teach us situational awareness and how to counter an active threat (Run, Hide, Fight). These comprehensive training programs have been specifically designed for Bnai Shalom. Please watch for future announcements regarding the date. We strongly encourage you to attend. This is not just about safety, it's also about community. We look forward to seeing you there and fostering a sense of belonging in our community.

Marc Abo and Vickie Semmel