BY FREDA MIKLIN
In light of the most recent hate crime perpetrated April 27 in a Poway, California Chabad synagogue, area Jewish houses of worship reached out to their congregants to assure them that they are doing everything possible to maintain a secure environment in which to congregate and pray.
In Greenwood Village, Aish Synagogue is well-known for maintaining longstanding strong security procedures. Mayor Ron Rakowsky said, “Greenwood Village Police Department (GVPD) keeps a watchful eye on all of our religious institutions. Aish Synagogue is particularly aware of security and works closely with GVPD at all times.” Rabbi Yaakov Meyer said of the events in Poway, “I am so pained by this tragedy. Yet, I must admit that unless someone has, God forbid, gone through such a tragedy personally, it is impossible to know the pain of the families that were so crushed and terrorized. May God grant them comfort and solace. Let us together as a community stand up for what we really believe in and serve as role models to all those around us.”
The Hebrew Educational Alliance (HEA) in southeast Denver told its members that it works closely with the Denver Police Department on an ongoing basis and that the Department of Homeland Security had performed a detailed evaluation of its facilities and security practices a year ago, recommending upgrades to its facilities and practices that have been implemented. HEA again reviewed and further enhanced its staff training and procedures after the murders at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh six months ago.
At nearby Temple Sinai Congregation, members were reminded that “professional security teams are supported by state-of-the-art security systems,” and that Denver Police would be present throughout the weekend.
The Chabad Jewish Center of South Metro Denver in Lone Tree counts as one of its regular members an active GVPD officer who provides regular security during its Sabbath and holiday services, in addition to standard security protocols.
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