Be Safe

Safety and Security are on everyone’s minds as we navigate the “new reality” of mass casualty incidents and the rise of anti-Semitism and extremist violence. At Gates, we strive to balance the safety and security of our building and its visitors with the hospitality and warm welcome that we are known for.

One of the easiest things to do to help keep the building safe is to use your code to get into the building when the building is locked! It’s easy to do and you can obtain a code by calling and requesting one from the temple office. Here is a video with clear instructions on how to gain access to the building.

Over the past year, we have added some features you should know about. Our computer systems have enhanced features that will help keep our data and records secure.  We have installed security cameras throughout the building. We have panic buttons to call for help from the police if we need to. And we’ve offered trainings on building safety basics as well as Stop the Bleed where we learned to control bleeding until first responders can take over. We will continue to add trainings and features as needed.

Our Safety and Security Committee, chaired by Dr. Jeffry Luria, consistently reviews and updates our security protocols. We work with law enforcement and organizations like the Jewish Community Federation of Northeastern New York to evaluate and respond to threats as they arise. If you have suggestions or question for the Safety and Security Committee, you are invited to attend a meeting or email us at safety@cgoh.org.

Stay tuned for weekly emails and our monthly Bulletin for information about upcoming trainings, and consider attending! As always, when you are here at temple, if you see something wrong, say something to one of our staff, clergy, or ushers. We are here to help.