There was a firetruck in front of the Temple, when I arrived back from my early afternoon meeting. Two trucks, in fact. One had a huge ladder rising up to the top of the roof, right above our building.
“Rabbi, There’s a Fire…”
“No Fire,” Said the Firefighters
Safety Comes First
Deuteronomy 22:8 teaches that “When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet (fence) for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it.” From this we learn that we are responsible to evaluate and guard against any dangers we can imagine.
That’s also why just a few months ago, Or Ami officer Steve Keleman convened a Safety and Security Task Force to evaluate, make recommendations and implement an overall safety and security plan for Congregation Or Ami. They have done walk thru’s of the building with parents, teachers and staff. They have implemented a number of short term and begun long term action steps to ensure the safety of our congregants, employees and guests. They are training staff and faculty; revising our emergency plans; addressing earthquake supplies and procedures; evaluating our insurance coverage; and more. Their work will continue as we continually upgrade our safety and security systems.
Praise for the Planning and Professionalism of our Community
Today Congregation Or Ami – our people and property – is safe. It turns out that no one was in any real danger at any moment.
We all can sleep tonight peacefully, comforted in the knowledge that when the chips were down, our staff and congregant leadership performed beautifully, taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our people and our prized possessions! Thanks to all of them, and to our quick responding Fire Department.
May we never face real danger. But if we do, let us be thankful for our the planning and professionalism of our Congregation Or Ami leadership.