President's Statement on Security - April 27, 2019
Our Sha'are Shalom family is saddened by the horrible shooting at Chabad of Poway near San Diego earlier today. Our hearts go out to the families directly impacted and to the larger Jewish and civic community of San Diego.
Our CSS Security Committee is monitoring this situation and has been in contact with the Secure Community Network's Regional Security Adviser. Adjustments to the security posture will be made as additional information is learned about this specific incident. The Secure Community Network is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 as a central address serving the American Jewish community concerning matters of communal safety, security, and all-hazards preparedness and response.
Our Security Committee has also been in contact with Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Although there have been no specific threats to our synagogue or in our area, we have asked for an officer to be at religious school on Sunday morning as an added precaution.
LCSO has put out a statement (link fb, link twitter) that there is no connection to Loudoun County and no known additional threats, but in light of the attack there will be an increased LCSO presence at all synagogues and increased visibility around religious institutions in the county to ensure that the community feels safe at our places of worship. The increased presence is being conducted in an abundance of caution over the next several days.
Over the last several months we have been working to improve our security measures. We will continue to do so, and reevaluate as appropriate, but we will not stop celebrating our faith.
I hope to see you Sunday morning as our shul will be filled with activity. Bible Study class is at 8am, Religious School starts at 9am, Training Wheels at 9:30am, and Confirmation class at 11:15am. The 7th grade class will be visiting the Holocaust Museum.
B'virkat shalom, in the blessing of peace,
President, Congregation Sha'are Shalom