Chevre:

As we are all very much aware, there is a very concerning and real increase in anti-Semitic activities, manifested in a wave of bomb threats to Jewish facilities as well as vandalism to Jewish cemeteries.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be abating despite the arrest of one potential perpetrator.  Fortunately, other than the vandalism, it appears to be just threats, not actual events.

The purpose of this post is to make you aware that your Va’ad is concerned about this, is watching and discussing this issue and we have a suggestion for how this relates to B’Chavana.

We do feel that the chances for us being a target are probably quite small due to our lack of visibility and our size – the targets that seem to be attractive for bomb threats are larger facilities in addition to the cemetery vandalism..

This said, we do feel that it is important to enact some minor changes to how we communicate and plan services to help further limit the chances of a B’Chavana activity becoming a target.  To this end, going forward, we will NOT be publishing the addresses of events like Friday and Saturday services and special events being held in our members’ homes.  We will note the first names of the people hosting, and the Perfect Potluck link will have the host’s contact phone number.  Should you not have the address of where the service or event is, just either call the number or simply email another member.

Behind a password protected area on the website, we will have a membership directory that will have names and addresses as well – once that’s up, you can also look up any information there.

Again, we don’t currently perceive any threat, but we do want to make sure we’re being proactive about it.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to any va’ad member or Rabbi.

B’Shalom,
Your Va’ad

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