Today is February 26, 2024 /

WJC Security Update

Dear Members,

The safety and security of our members, students, staff, and guests is our highest priority. Our current security protocols and procedures are strong and there is no known security threat in our region. Nonetheless, the events of this past Shabbat in Colleyville, Texas, highlight the need for increased vigilance to ensure the safety and security of our synagogue community. We want you to be aware of the security measures we have already taken and those that are in the works to continue to enhance our existing safety resources and protocols. We also strongly encourage interested members of our community to participate in the security training program described below.

Over the past few years, we have implemented a number of new security enhancements, including:

  • Replaced and reinforced security doors at the main entrance near the sanctuary
  • Installed a new buzzer entrance system at the main entrance
  • Panic alarm buttons and additional phones installed in strategic locations throughout the building
  • Installed shatter proof window security film in most parts of the building
  • Continual review of process and procedures with our security vendor and the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department

In the next few months, we will make additional improvements to access points in various parts of the building. We will continue to be vigilant in assessing the security situation and will assess, revise, and implement modifications and enhancements to our security protocols and systems as appropriate on an ongoing basis.

The incident in Texas also demonstrates the need for WJC to have a visible Community Security Service (CSS) presence. We have the opportunity to participate as a community in Entry Point, a CSS program that focuses on the basics of security and expands our ability to recognize and report security or safety threats. Entry Point is a one-hour standalone session delivered virtually by a certified CSS instructor. No background in security is required, nor does attending require a commitment to future CSS programming or training. It is open to all WJC members at no cost.

Some of the topics covered in this one-hour session are:

  • Security awareness
  • Identifying security vulnerabilities
  • Recognizing suspicious activity
  • Reducing and responding to threats
  • How to contribute to the safety of our community
  • Understanding unconscious bias

We have just confirmed that CSS will be offering a Zoom Entry Point training session for WJC members on Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30pm. More specific information will be coming shortly.

As always, we welcome your feedback and will provide you with updates as appropriate. We thank you in advance for your continued support.

Seth Schafler, President
Mark Berger, Security Committee Chair
David Goldstein, Executive Director

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