On Tuesday we stood together to say enough is enough. No antisemitism nor forms of hatred can be allowed in our Pittsburgh region. Several hundreds of you turned out on the City-County steps and on Grant Street to hear from our elected officials and our allies. It was an extraordinary showing. For all of you who attended, thank you for standing strong, visible and proud as a Jewish community. For the forty Jewish organizations who lent their names in support of this Federation program, deep thanks to you for your partnership. I invite you to read more about what was accomplished in this week’s Jewish Chronicle online.
Another article in this week’s Jewish Chronicle discusses the accidental alarm that went off with the state of the art Bluepoint System now in 16 of our Jewish organizations. As one of those who was alerted on my cell phone, it was definitely jarring. In fact, I reacted as I did when I heard about there being a shooting at the Tree of Life Building, I drove up to Beth Shalom where a police officer informed me that it was a false alarm. Just like conducting a fire drill, this experience allowed the system to be tested in real time. The police responded immediately and employees on site did as they were trained. Sure, there are learnings from this incident but they will make us respond even better, if we ever need to, in the future. Our Jewish Community Security Director conducted a debrief with the leadership of the organizations where we installed the system because we want to learn from this occurrence.
Our Federation has invested over $750,000 in purchasing, installing and maintaining Bluepoint on behalf of the community.
Fighting antisemitism and hardening Jewish facilities are both about the safety of our Jewish community. To you, our donors, thank you for helping us to keep the Jewish community safe.