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Security Measures 2018-2019

Members and Friends of Beth David

Following the tragic events in Pittsburgh of 2018, the topic of security at the synagogue is high on the list of priorities for us all. This note to the community is to provide members and visitors with a behind-the-scenes look at the activities of our Security Committee. I will provide a brief update on additional security measures being implemented in the short term, as well as a glimpse of more longer-term planning.

However, before going into too many details, I would like to lay out the objective of this notice. The attack on the community at Tree of Life can have two possible effects. The first is that people stay away due to fears for their security. The alternative is that we heed the AJC's call to #ShowupforShabbat and show up in greater strength with a heightened resolve that we will not be cowed by the actions of a coward. The objective of this notice is to provide the community with the confidence to choose the communal path.

Our Security Committee is headed by Dr. Peter Lang, who provides expertise and leadership gained through security training and performance of security roles in synagogues in Mexico City. The committee met last year and is in the process of evaluating enhanced protocols and performing short, medium and long-term planning for additional protocol and infrastructure improvements to our building.

Over the past year, we have already installed and rolled out multiple security tools, the details of which I will not lay out here for hopefully obvious reasons. We have also secured further funding from a Homeland Security grant which will enable us to strengthen those areas that the committee, in cooperation with local police and national security organizations, find to be deficient.

As the enhanced protocols evolve over the coming weeks, the community will be kept informed and education will be provided as necessary to ensure that everyone knows what to do in case of a security event.

As you come to shul this Shabbat, as I hope you all will, please follow their instructions and be reassured that significant changes are coming that will benefit us all.

Daniel Schneider
President - Beth David Synagogue

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Interfaith Alliance


Rabbi Yitzchok Adler of the Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford is working with Father Edward Moran of St. Thomas the Apostle Church to foster an interfaith alliance. (Stephen Singer / Hartford Courant)

The Hartford Courant

On the first Sabbath after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 congregants dead, Jewish community leaders nationwide have invited friends and neighbors of all faiths to join their services as a rebuke to fear.
     For two congregations on either side of a residential street in West Hartford, coming together for the national #ShowUpForShabbat initiative this weekend is only natural.
     Rabbi Yitzchok Adler of Beth David Synagogue and the Rev. Edward Moran of St. Thomas the Apostle Church have worked together for four years, meeting for discussions, lectures, Bible studies — using both the Old and New Testaments — and just for visits.
     Members of the two congregations also maintain a community garden on the synagogue campus, with vegetables donated each summer and fall to soup kitchens and shelters.

Read the full Hartford Courant article here.

Jewish Engagement Group

Chai Mitzvah come join us!

Chai Mitzvah is an adult Jewish engagement group that takes place over the course of 12 months. We meet once per month for conversation and learning. We welcome you to come and join a current group or if you have a group of friends you can start a new group. This is a great way to reconnect, recharge, and re-examine your jewish life.


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Purim Party Pictures:
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Prior Events:Team MoJo Winners at Chopped!

Congratulations to Team MoJo as winners of the Chopped! event with Scot Haney of Channel 3, Robyn Weller, and Leah Berson.

Check out our Facebook page for more images.

Simchat Torah Recording

It is Beth David tradition to take one hakafah outside on Simchat Torah. Unbeknownst to us, this year our neighbors across the street at the Catholic church caught our celebration on video! Looking forward to a year of simchas with our wonderful community.

Super Bowl Fundraiser Party 2018

This year's Super Bowl Fundraiser Party 2018!

Congratulations to all our winners.  See you all
next year!



Grow West Hartford!

Rabbi Adler and Karen Benjamin represented Beth David at the Biennial OU Small Communities Fair. They were assisted by Alyssa Schwager.


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