by Stacey Leavitt-Wright, CEO, Jewish Federation of Edmonton
(Edmonton) – Dear community members,
Community security is our top priority.
There are reports that Hamas has called for a day of unrest this Friday. Our understanding is that Hamas is calling for violence in the West Bank, and around the world under the guise of showing solidarity with Palestinians. We take this very seriously.
We are continuing to take a proactive approach to community security. I have been in communication with the Edmonton Police Service daily and spoke with the Chief of Police Dale McFee today. We are also in communication with the Centre of Israel and Jewish Affairs and its security team is monitoring this situation.
As much as possible, law enforcement will continue to have a visible presence in front of high-profile organizations, including Talmud Torah Schools and synagogues during Shabbat services. We do have a community-wide Havdallah scheduled for this Saturday at 7:50 p.m. at Westridge Field. Police are aware of this event and security will be on site. Please note that there may not be a car present at all times.
There will be increased police patrols around all Jewish institutions. Jewish organizations are flagged as priority institutions, which means that any call from them to law enforcement will result in an immediate and enhanced response.
I am working closely with all of our partners on their security preparedness and any questions or concerns they have about additional needs. They are encouraged to review their established security protocols.
Do not engage with protesters. We encourage you to steer clear of any areas where demonstrations are planned and not to engage with protestors. If you are near a protest, please be extra cautious and stay aware of your surroundings. Please report anything suspicious to Edmonton Police Service.
Please stay informed by visiting our web page where we are adding updates and resources as we receive them. Encourage people to subscribe to our emails so they can be apprised on what is happening locally. Stay tuned and know that we are here for you.
Take care and Am Israel Chai.
Stacey Leavitt-Wright is CEO, Jewish Federation of Edmonton.