Early in 2020, we determined that the national rise in anti-Semitism and hate crimes demanded an increase in our security measures. To protect our school children, staff, members and guests, the Board of Directors voted to engage armed security officers whenever our building was open. At that time households were billed $150 to provide needed Security Fund resources. Your support was overwhelming.
Over the past two years we have successfully applied for State of PA and Jewish Federation security grants. We installed 26 cameras, extra lighting in our parking lot, and a lobby security station. In addition, we are in close contact with the Cheltenham police and national organizations such as the FBI and Secure Community Network, (SCN) which advises synagogues on best security practices.
When we reopened our preschool and building in June 2021, we engaged US Security Care to provide armed security guards during our 65+ hours of operation each week. The primary guards for our site have over 25 years of experience each as law enforcement officers and they regularly participate in weapons and emergency response training.
In order to fund our expanded security, this year’s annual security assessment is $180 per household. When you consider this represents only $15 per month, we know you will agree that it is a small price to pay to protect our families and children.
Your household will receive a security fee invoice next week. Thank you in advance for paying your security bill promptly. Please contact us if you have any questions about our new security measures or your security fee. We appreciate your support.