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Security

We were raised in a different world, where synagogue doors were unlocked, and everyone was welcome with little or no scrutiny. Security was a concern, but not a frequent topic of conversation in board meetings.

One of our biggest challenges around security issues is to maintain our vigilance without fundamentally altering our spiritual practice by creating a fortress. We believe that we have been successful in doing this at Ahavath Torah Congregation (ATC). Our conversations about security will and must continue.

ATC has contracted an armed security firm for duty at services and events. Armed security personnel are present at all times that people congregate, for holidays, events, and programs. The number of security officers will vary according to the number of attendees.

We are constantly researching ways to secure additional grants to address the need to improve building security.

Things for you to consider

Please bear in mind that security sometimes means less convenience. Our building is always locked! Our front entries require attendees to ring a bell and be identified. On Shabbat and holidays, there will be a combination of a guard and volunteer greeters in our lobby. Any non-member wishing to enter must first identify themselves and/or be questioned.

If you have any questions, please email house@atorah.org.

Tue, October 20 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781