Community Security Network

Synagogue attack in Germany by Yair Szlak, Chief Executive Officer, Federation CJA

October 10, 2019

Yesterday, in the German city of Halle, a heavily armed gunman attempted to enter a synagogue as the local Jewish community gathered inside for Yom Kippur services. After failing to gain entry, the gunman proceeded to fire at people on the street, killing a woman in the vicinity of the city's Jewish cemetery and a man in a small Turkish restaurant nearby. The perpetrator, who live-streamed the attack, was uttering antisemitic and xenophobic statements throughout. The police have arrested a 27-year old German man. The German federal prosecutor suspects the killer was motivated by antisemitism and far-right ideology.

In response to the horrific event, Gail Adelson-Marcovitz, President of Federation CJA, issued the following statement:

"Our hearts are broken and we are horrified by this senseless act of violence that has struck the Jewish community of Halle. We mourn the loss of the two bystanders whose lives were taken from them and we stand in solidarity with their families. To those who were injured, we wish a full and speedy recovery."

Federation CJA Community Security Network has been and remains in communication with our local security partners, global Jewish security colleagues, and local law enforcement. At no time has there been any information to suggest a specific threat against the Montreal Jewish community.

We thank Montreal Police Service for their steadfast support and increased presence around Jewish facilities over Yom Kippur, which Federation CJA was pleased to help coordinate. Sébastien de Montigny of the PDQ26 shared a statement in a special release yesterday.

To the members of the Jewish Community,

As you celebrate Yom Kippur, we are aware that the unfortunate event in Germany today affects the sense of security in your community. We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation.

Although no direct or indirect threat is known on our territory at this time, we would like to inform you that our patrollers are paying special attention to synagogues [and surrounding areas]. We remain vigilant and focused on police visibility, to increase the feeling of security. Our patrollers are present and available to meet with you and answer your questions if needed.

Sébastien de Montigny
Inspector
Poste de quartier 26

We urge Jewish institutions to maintain a healthy sense of vigilance and adhere to security protocols. We also remind community members to say something if they see something. In a non-emergency situation, contact the police at 514-280-2222. For more information and tips on how to increase your security confidence and awareness, you can also contact our Community Security Hotline at 514-343-4343

From the Desk of Yair Szlak
Yair Szlak, LL.B
Chief Executive Officer, Federation CJA

SECURING OUR PRESENT IS SECURING OUR FUTURE
 

We all know that we are living in troubling times. Antisemitism is rising around the world, not only in Europe but in North America, in our own backyard.

The cities of Pittsburgh and Poway have become synonymous with the tragic synagogue shootings that took place there last year, a mere six months apart. Across Canada we have seen a recent spike in violent attacks. Our own Montreal Jewish community has faced hatred, vandalism and threats.

The time is now to secure our future. Because what happens to one of us, happens to all of us.

Federation CJA has taken on the responsibility of leading a collaborative, community-wide effort to increase security preparedness and confidence through our newly formed Community Security Network. In partnership with experts in the field, we are developing best practices to enhance the safety, security and resilience of our schools, synagogues, and Jewish institutions.

But we cannot do it alone. It is all of our responsibility to make sure that our community, and everyone in it, is safe. Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh – All Jews are responsible for one another.

THE COMMUNITY SECURITY NETWORK WILL:

  • DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY-WIDE, AS WELL AS INSTITUTION- SPECIFIC, SECURITY PROTOCOLS
 
 
  • ESTABLISH ONGOING SECURITY TRAINING FOR INSTITUTIONS' STAFF
 
 
  • USE CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO ENABLE CONSISTENT MONITORING OF JEWISH INSTITUTIONS
 
 
  • TRAIN AND VET A THIRD PARTY SECURITY FIRM
 
THIS YEAR, IN ADDITION TO SUPPORTING THE ANNUAL COMBINED JEWISH APPEAL CAMPAIGN, WE ARE ALSO ASKING YOU TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT GIFT TO OUR COMMUNITY SECURITY NETWORK
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For emergencies, please call, the Comunity Security Hotline 514-343-4343

Have Questions?

Contact Jacques Bisson, our Director of  Community Security, with general Jewish Community security concerns.

 

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