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An important message from the JCC of Syracuse

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Dear JCC Community:

Once again, our hearts are heavy with the senseless assault on a place of worship. Even though this tragedy occurred on the other side of this country our world feels assaulted, for no matter where an anti-Semitic attack happens our world becomes violated. The JCC’s commitment to security becomes even that more important.

We at the JCC hold security as one of the most important aspects of our daily life. And the anti-Semitic act that has struck our country, once again validates our mission to keep our members and community safe. While frightening tragedies such as the one on the Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California stir up our anxieties, they must be assuaged by our ongoing efforts to make our facility evermore secure.

Almost a year ago the JCC secured a $50,000 grant to upgrade our lighting and security camera system.  This December we applied for a second grant that will enable us to make our existing entrances even more secure than they already are and we are applying for a third security grant. Improved security doors are about to be installed as well. As always we have close communications and a physical presence with law enforcement.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the members and families of the Chabad of Poway community. As Rabbi Goldstein of the Chabad Poway Synagogue said when he addressed his congregants, “We are a Jewish nation and we will stand tall, terrorism like this will not take us down.”

Sincerely,

Marci Erlebacher
Executive Director

Steven Sisskind
Board President

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