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“Never again" becomes more than a slogan: It's a prayer, a promise, a vow. There will never again be hatred, people say. Never again jail and torture. Never again the suffering of innocent people, or the shooting of starving, frightened, terrified children. And never again the glorification of base, ugly, dark violence. It's a prayer.”
― Elie Wiesel, Hostage

Dear Fellow OVS Member,

In the past, it’s always been easy for us to say “Never Again”.

These days we hear about Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, PA and the Chabad of Poway in CA.

It’s very easy for us to say the words “Never Again”; the problem we have to face is the world today isn’t necessarily listening to us.

We, at Or VeShalom, have instituted various security improvements to try to keep us safe as we both observe our religious beliefs and foster a sense of Keilah.  You will now notice an increased security presence, not just on Shabbat and holidays, but now also on Friday evenings and Tuesday mornings. We now have both door barricades and panic buttons both to keep us safe and to summon law enforcement in the event of an attack in our religious home.  Our new First Aid Kits are not the type you might find in a store, but rather of the sort a SWAT team would use.

The Leadership at OVS takes your wellbeing, and that of your entire family, very seriously.  While we’re working hard to ensure we keep everyone safe and distractions at a minimum, we need your help.  Although we’ve applied for Federal Homeland Security Grants, we can’t be sure that we’ll qualify. We’d appreciate it if you would please consider contributing Chai Dollars ($18.00) per month for the year.  Your contribution can truly make a difference in the protection of our OVS Family.

Together, we all make a difference and work toward making the prayer, the promise, the vow that Elie Weisel writes of, a reality.


Steve Alhadeff  & Ann Benator
Co-chairs, Congregation Or VeShalom Security Committee

Your generous support is vital to our congregation, thank you!

Yes - I agree, security at Congregation Or VeShalom is extremely important.


Mon, October 2 2023 17 Tishrei 5784