Security to be more visible during High Holy Days

| September 6, 2013

Known as a time for celebration, Rosh Hashanah also is a time for increased awareness of those who would quell that celebration.

During the High Holy Days, synagogues and police departments across the region will step up security to protect against the unforeseen – including at B'nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike.

"We have a relationship with the Pepper Pike Police Department, and we have security whenever we have major events, whenever we have services," said Executive Director Jay Ross, who oversees administrative and business functions – including security. "We are in close contact with Pepper Pike as needed. … We also have discussions with the Federation as needed, too."

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland gives security guidelines and recommendations to synagogues, Ross said.

"They certainly work with us, and they give recommendations," he said. "We certainly listen very closely to what they say."

On a weekly basis, B'nai Jeshurun sees about 250 attendees. At its Rosh Hashanah service, it will welcome eight times that many, Ross said.

"We have 2,000-plus members on site and … I think every synagogue in the country wants to make sure that everyone is safe and secure," he said.

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