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Home From the President President's Message - May 2019
President's Message - May 2019 PDF Print E-mail
It was my intent to devote the May newsletter to updating you on the progress we have made in developing and implementing a Congregation Security Plan in the aftermath of the Park Synagogue tragedy. Because of the more recent heart-breaking events at the Poway Chabad Synagogue  we felt it necessary to update you more immediately via a Facebook posting. The Facebook posting is reproduced below so all congregants fully understand that your safety  is of the highest priority and your Congregation leadership is taking significant steps to upgrade our security systems and processes to meet the challenges of our changing world.

Facebook Post:
We are heartbroken to learn of the shootings at Chabad of Poway this Shabbat. We send prayers of condolence and healing for the community. We remain as resolved as ever to work with all peace-loving people toward an end to hate and an end to gun violence, and for the ability to pray in all our places of worship without fear. 

We want to assure everyone entering CBI that we are proactively working to make sure everyone is safe and secure at all times while keeping our Family of Families atmosphere.  We continue to have armed security at Congregation Beth Israel services and events and are controlling access to the building through locked doors.  Despite our past efforts we all recognize that times have changed and we need to do more.

Your Board authorized The Association of Professional Trainers Academy, to conduct a comprehensive security study of Congregation Beth Israel to  describe and prioritize  upgrades for CBI to consider in implementing a CBI Comprehensive Security Plan. We very recently received the report which was reviewed by the Finance and Operations Team this past Sunday. As the report states, “Some of the measures recommended in this assessment are as simple as turning a key to lock a door; however, many countermeasures will require planning, and a budget of time and money.”  The  Finance and Operations Team determined that ensuring the external doors and windows  are “hardened” to reduce entry by unwanted individuals or objects, installing bollards at main entranceways, securing the sanctuary, and securing the classroom area are priorities that should and can be immediately addressed. Other recommendations such as significant landscape changes and additional fencing will require additional planning and resources. A small group will be working on ensuring these changes will take place in the very near future.

I want to emphasize that there is nothing more important to our Board of Directors and me than making sure CBI is a safe and secure environment in which you can comfortably enjoy our religious, social, and educational experiences. Therefore, security will always be of the highest priority.

For more information about our ongoing security plans please contact our president Jim Gold or our head of security Mike Trimyer. 

Jim Gold, CBI President



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