High Holiday Security Enhancements

In light of last year’s attacks on two synagogues, we recognize that many students, parents, and community members may have questions about the security at Hillel and an interest in what additional precautions we put in place for the High Holidays. For our Hillel, we continue to balance creating a welcoming environment for our students while also prioritizing our security needs. 

While at present we feel there is no threat to our building or students, as a precautionary measure and to provide additional comfort to our students, a security guard will be with us at our building’s entrance and will be directed to look in bags as students and community members enter for the holidays. This enhancement is in addition to our standing security features of requiring pre-registration for services and pre-purchases of holidays meals. Everyone will be greeted warmly and required to check-in with a staff person before being admitted into the building. 

We want to thank our students and community members in advance for their patience and understanding as this may add time to their entrance to services. We encourage everyone to come early to help us manage the flow of attendees and welcome you warmly into our space. Additionally, we want to express our great appreciation to our student leaders, Board of Trustees, and staff for working in partnership with us to develop these enhancements.

Additionally, we have made other security enhancements a regular feature of our Hillel, including adding cameras, installing magnetized doors to enable lockdowns of rooms, and a constant front-of-building presence when the Hillel building is open. All of our staff and front desk greeters have just completed security training in coordination with the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor police, and University of Michigan’s DPSS.

If you would like to assist in the support of our security features and High Holiday programs overall, please consider making a special gift here.

Thank you for always supporting our students and our mission.

Shana Tova (Happy New Year),
Tilly Shames

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