web analytics
August 23, 2014 / 27 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Protecting our Children from Terrorists

orthodox children

Photo Credit: Mendy Hechtman/FLASH90

“Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

So wrote Emma Lazarus, her words enshrined on the base of the Statue of Liberty. All immigrants, especially Jews, thought that by coming to America they could escape poverty, gain opportunity and most of all leave behind the violence that dogged their lives.

We now find ourselves, however, in a situation that was unthinkable when our grandparents and great-grandparents first came here. The fact is, our enemies are capable of reaching across the world, and they have their eyes on American Jews.

As a former New York City Council member who represented the Brooklyn communities of Boro Park and Flatbush and a current board member of the OU, I have long been interested in the safety of the Jewish community. Not long ago I was invited to a security meeting that featured Homeland Security Commissioner Janet Napolitano as a guest speaker. Her remarks should constitute a wakeup call to action for the Jewish community.

She noted that more than 90 percent of Homeland Security Funds go to Jewish institutions, mostly synagogues. She also told us the U.S. government had picked up “chatter” indicating that terrorists are focused on attacking Jewish schools, particularly in America. She suggested that the Jewish community use all available resources to protect those institutions.

Our best defense is preparation. Luckily for us, several successful young professional men have come together to form Community Security Service, an organization consisting of security professionals ready and able to train members of our community on how to be vigilant.

Suggestions made by these professionals regarding school security include:

Target Hardening

* Every school must have a safety committee.

* Every school must have a review made of the interior and exterior of its building.

* Paraphernalia such as locks for schoolroom doors and other safety equipment must be purchased.

Operations

* All teachers, administrators and children should participate in practice lockdowns on a regular basis.

* All should be taught how to respond to a terrorist invasion of the facility.

* All schools should be up to date on fire drill procedure.

Every Jewish community must make a supreme effort to ensure the security of its schools. Our rabbinical leaders and elected officials must ensure that security experts review each school building and devise a plan for its security. Money must be allocated in school budgets for such projects.

If you are a parent or grandparent with a child in one of our yeshivot, make it your business to find out how prepared your educational institution of choice is. Our love and concern for our children must motivate action on the part of parents and school officials.

About the Author: The author was the first Orthodox Jewish woman elected to the New York City Council, where she served from 1978 to 1993.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Protecting our Children from Terrorists”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think a jew like myself would be safer today in Jerusalem than here in the US at this point…too many suspicious foreigners have been allowed in here since 2000 and its getting worse..

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
4 yr old Israeli Daniel Tregerman, murdered by Hamas rocket on Aug. 22, 2014.
IDF: Israeli Toddler Murdered by Rocket Fired Near UNRWA School/Shelter
Latest Indepth Stories
Charles Krauthammer

Wye would be seen to have set the groundwork for the creation of a Palestinian state

David_Grossman

Blaming Israel for the violence in Gaza, he ends up justifying Hamas’s terrorism.

488px-WielkaSynagoga3_Lodz

In the Thirties it was common for anti-Semites to call on Jews to “go to Palestine!”

Netanyahu-Obama-030212

Obama never hid his contempt for the Israeli government or the majority of Israel’s voters.

“This arbitrary ban is an ugly stain on our democracy, and it also undermines the rule of law.”

We take US “aid” for psychological reasons-if we have an allowance, that means we have a father.

ZIM Piraeus isn’t Israeli-owned or flagged, incidentally, it is Greek operated.

Foolish me, thinking the goals were the destruction of Hamas thereby giving peace a real chance.

The free-spirted lifestyle didn’t hold your interest; the needs of your people did.

And why would the U.S. align itself on these issues with Turkey and Qatar, longtime advocates of Hamas’s interests?

Several years ago the city concluded that the metzitzah b’peh procedure created unacceptable risks for newborns in terms of the transmission of neo-natal herpes through contact with a mohel carrying the herpes virus.

The world wars caused unimaginable anguish for the Jews but God also scripted a great glory for our people.

We were quite disappointed with many of the points the secretary-general offered in response.

Judging by history, every time Hamas rebuilds their infrastructure, they are stronger than before.

His father asked him to read Psalms from the Book of Tehilim every day.

More Articles from Susan Alter-Klapperman
orthodox children

A wake up call to action for the Jewish community.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/protecting-our-children-from-terrorists/2013/12/20/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: