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A message from the Safety & Security Committee:

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Volunteer Door Monitors are urgently needed particularly for the early minyanim and both woman and men are urged to participate during for all 3 minyanim. This does not require joining a committee or attending any meeting but a short conversation with any security committee member to review Door Monitor functions and procedures. Volunteers will promote adherence to the one door entrance OE policy as well as welcome quests who should be in our shul. Both the HPPD and Homeland Security visited us during Shabbos over the past 2 weeks and separately confirmed that restricting entrance to the alley door, which is monitored, is fundamental in keeping us safe.

Passing on a message: Doors Stay Closed. During the early Minyan last Shabbos, an individual opened the Raritan Street door – which we all know should never be opened during services, without knowing who was banging on the other side or what weapon that person may have been carrying. As pointed out by a concerned congregant who alerted us, such opening of the outside Raritan door undermines the entire system of locked doors, ingress and egress monitoring, panic buttons, emergency phones and police protection established at significant cost and effort – to help keep our kehillah safe. Had there been a Door Monitor at the early minyan last Shabbos, this dangerous and unacceptable risk taken unilaterally by an individual would not have occurred. Let’s help each other and please contact anyone on the Security Committee to lend a

Understanding the OE System: At the request of several members and beginning soon on upcoming Shabbosim, members of the Security Committee will be conducting “mini walk arounds” after Kiddush to familiarized participants with the location of the panic buttons, 911 phones and other security devices to be used in an emergency. A color-coded MAP showing location both emergency devices and emergency evacuation routes will also be displayed in

key visible points around the shul. In the meantime, please take a copy of the ADVISORY FROM THE O.E. SAFETY & SECURITY COMMITTEE describing emergency procedures including evacuation routes.

For volunteering or any questions please contact Jonathan Gotlib at

From the Security Committee:

The Highland Park PD have asked us to inform all members that they have increased patrols and stops at local shuls and increased their presence along Raritan Avenue and, in conjunction with other agencies ramped up their protection of Jewish facilities throughout our county.

At OE during the week prior to the tragic Jersey City massacre we installed additional panic buttons, dedicated phones for 911 calls to the police, taken steps to improve our video surveillance and have been in contact with other agencies and private security experts. As you know, we pay for off duty police to help protect us every Shabbos morning.  We will update you soon, about steps to make the Denison exit safer.

Panic button and 911 phone locations are:

Beis Midrash

Panic Button on woman’s side of mechitzah, along the bookshelf 911 Phone on the back wall, under the Yad Vashem lamp.

Entrance Hallway

Panic Button

Social Hall

Panic Button


911 Phone

911 Phone


Men’s side Panic Button Panic Button Panic Button 911 Phone

Woman side 911 Phone

outside to the right of the walk-in coat closet

Right side with kitchen door on wall.
Inside the entrance, behind the refrigerator
on the wall between the Rabbis study and the playroom

on wall left side of side entrance doors
under the rabbi’s stender
under the Shulchan
main entrance inside - right, next to the yortzeit plaque.

3 row back, next to last seat on the left

Secretary’s office
Panic button Inside the desk drawer

We will be installing more devices and hardening our facility over the next weeks. Please contact Jonathan Gotlib with any suggestions at 908 380 5122

Jonathan Gotlib
Assistant General Counsel Office: (908) 925-1123 ext. 330 Cell: (908) 380-5122

Security Update regarding Ahavas Achim Synagogue

Statement regarding vaccination

In light of the measles outbreak affecting Jewish communities in New York and New Jersey, the board and Rabbi of Congregation Ohav Emeth would like to issue the following statement:


Measles is a highly contagious, life threatening disease. Measles is also preventable. According to the CDC, the recommended two doses of MMR vaccine is 97% effective against measles. Those who are immunocompromised or are too young to be vaccinated rely on herd immunity to be protected against this potentially deadly disease. It is our obligation to do everything we can to protect ourselves and safeguard our community against danger.


Congregation Ohav Emeth strongly urges all parents to vaccinate their children on the timetable recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.


Adults born between 1957 and 1989 may not be immune to measles even if previously vaccinated. 
We encourage everyone in this age group to consult with their doctor regarding an immunity test (titer), or booster vaccine.

If your child is older than 6 months but less than 1 year old, we recommend that you consult with your pediatrician to see if your child should receive their first dose of the vaccine early.

The safety of our congregants is paramount. For this reason we request that individuals who do not have a registered medical exemption and have not been vaccinated against measles refrain from entering the building or participating in shul functions.

Please see the attached resource for a more information on the importance of vaccination.


For a statement on vaccinations from the OU and Rabbinical Council of America, please use the following link:

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Community News Updates

Please be aware of the following important message, received from my colleague Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Rabbi of Congregation Ohr Torah and Executive Rabbinic Coordinator of the Orthodox Union.

The message is as follows: 

"Please be advised that the sushi department in the Acme store on Ryders Lane in Milltown is no longer under OU certification. In addition, the Acme deli which was OU certified is now closed. 

Rabbi Yaakov Luban
Executive Rabbinic Cooordinator
Orthodox Union

PBA Scam Alert: 
The Borough of Highland Park has informed us that people have been receiving calls claiming to be soliciting for the Highland Park PBA. THIS IS A SCAM. Please do not donate to or share any personal info with the caller. If you have received one of these calls, please call the Highland Park Police.

Plastic Bag Ordinance:
Effective May 1,2019 plastic shopping bags will not be provided by vendors throughout the borough. Please bring your own bags when shopping.
(Re-using plastic bags you already have is totally fine.) for more info

Sun, February 23 2020 28 Shevat 5780