November 2020 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5781,  Volume 26, Issue 11

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Security of Larchmont Temple Assessed at Board Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken


Opening a Zoom Work Session of the Larchmont Board of Trustees on Monday, October 19th, Larchmont Mayor Lorraine Walsh introduced Larchmont Temple Executive Director Jane Sable-Friedman, who discussed security measures taken at their shul, considering the October 27, 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.


Following that incident, the Larchmont Temple Security Task Force decided to assess the security of the synagogue, particularly on the Larchmont Avenue side according to Friedman.


It was decided to introduce planters outside the shul, utilizing grants from Federal Homeland Security and State Communities Against Hate Crimes. Temple Lay Leader Ed Jacobson showed renderings of seven concrete planters measuring four feet long, two feet high and 18-inches wide, maintained by a landscape contractor.


Since the street and sidewalk are Village property, a License Agreement will be concluded with  Village Attorney James Staudt.