Nov 082018

Dear Fellow Congregants
Sadly, in light of the events in Pittsburgh almost two weeks ago, I am sending out this email to provide everyone with an update on our security measures at our synagogue.
Over the past ten days, the Synagogue leadership team has participated in daily discussions and meetings to determine how to best handle the safety of the synagogue and our members. We have met with and had numerous conversations with the Orange Police Department and we have participated in various programs sponsored by the JCC / Federation and USCJ. We are reviewing all of our protocols and have already made certain security measure changes. We will continue with this process over the near term and make additional changes as deemed necessary.
On a positive note, the efforts that the synagogue has undertaken over the past five years have enabled us to focus on improving the existing security protocols rather than starting at the beginning.
Regarding our upcoming annual Kristallnacht program which is taking place on Sunday, November 18 at 9:00 a.m., you will likely notice some additional security measures. We are asking all members and guests not to bring any large bags into to building; preferably, we are requesting that you leave all bags and purses at home or in your vehicle (but don’t forget your money for the book purchase and signing).
Also, we are asking that those planning to attend the event to arrive early to ensure that everyone can be seated timely and prior to the beginning of the program. Please note that the additional security measures being put in place for next Sunday are out of an abundance of caution as this program, the related topic and the attendees heighten the level of security.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our overall security strategy, please do not hesitate to contact me at marc.franzman@gmail.com or 203-583–2265.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our Friday night Shabbat Solidarity service. With more than 200 people in attendance, we continue to demonstrate our own community unity to remember the eleven individuals who lost their lives and to honor those who bravely risked their own lives to protect the congregants of the Tree of Life synagogue.
Marc Franzman
President Congregation Or Shalom

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