Security Assessment Letter

December 21, 2023

Dear Members,

As I’m sure you recognize, the security costs for our synagogue have risen exponentially over the past few years. The expenses of keeping our staff, clergy, volunteers, and members safe – both in person and online – which were already high, jumped again after October 7th, when we made the decision to provide at least one security guard whenever the synagogue is open for business.

We have done our best until now to cover security costs from membership dues, but with this latest jump in security expenses the Board has to take the step of instituting a mandatory security assessment for all members. Without this security assessment, we would have to make painful cuts elsewhere. We were on the verge of taking this step in early 2020 but put it off due to the Covid shut-down. Most other synagogues have taken this step already.

The basic security assessment will be $180 per household. As of January 1st, all members will be expected to pay a $90 assessment to cover the second half of this fiscal year; on July 1, members will be assessed for the full 12-month 2024/25 fiscal year.

We need everyone’s participation, whatever your membership level, whether or not you participate in on-site services or programs at 30th Street as these measures keep our clergy, staff and congregants safe.

We would also ask that everyone who hasn’t done so yet, take care of their membership obligations for the 2023/2024 fiscal year, which were due on July 1st. If you have any question about the status of your membership, please contact Ruth Kleinman, Membership and Engagement Manager.

We do understand that the issue of security is fraught for many members of our larger community. Our security team has been trained to work in an environment which includes members of communities which have often been targeted unfairly by law enforcement. If you ever see any conduct – towards yourself or anyone else – that is not respectful or seems to be targeting an individual based on real or perceived identity, please let me know. 

Thank you,

Beth Woloff
Executive Director