Security Update -- Peace and Prayer for Poway

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Dear CBS Community,

We stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters in Poway, San Diego, and unite against senseless hatred and violence. We mourn the loss of life and pray for the healing of those injured and shaken, attacked in their sacred place of worship.  

At this sad and confusing time, we also gather our focus at home - where we continue our efforts to ensure the protection, safety and security of Congregation Beth Sholom and our congregants who gather in prayer, learning and community. 

Over the past several months we have been working with law enforcement, Jewish organizations, and security professionals and, with their help, will continue to evaluate and improve our safety policies and procedures. 

Our House Committee is currently leading the planning of upgrades to our facility, in coordination with applications for federal security funding, to ensure that our synagogue building continues to be a safe space for all who enter in peace. We also rely on the vigilance of our congregants. If you see something, say something to a staff member or security guard.

Rabbi Ain will be making additional time available in the coming weeks for personal counseling. In the meantime, in the face of ugly and brutal hatred, we are grateful to the members of our community who demonstrate every day the strongest love of our tradition, our community and each other. 


Rabbi Dan Ain 
Ben Chinn, President of the Board