QJCC Statement on Incident at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, and Impact on Queens Jewish Community

QJCC Stands with the Jewish Community of Colleyville.

As Queens Jewish Sites May See Added Police Presence, QJCC is Available to Provide Guidance

While yesterday’s hostage taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, ended without physical injury to the hostages, the incident is a stark reminder that Jewish sites anywhere remain targets to people of ill intent, regardless of the sites’ proximity or relationship to any issue or cause.

QJCC maintains security contacts available to assist Queens synagogues and Jewish sites. QJCC echoes the words of our partners in the JCRCNY, that “No one should ever be afraid to assemble in their place of worship.  We stand with our brothers and sisters in the Texas Jewish Community… We also thank NYPD, FBI, and law enforcement throughout the state for monitoring the situation and ensuring that our synagogues and communal institutions are protected. We are grateful to our many partners in the interfaith community and elected officials – including Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams – who have conveyed their thoughts and prayers.”  Some Queens sites have seen expanded police presence to help assure security.

Queens Jewish institutions are welcomed to reach out to QJCC with any issues and concerns. QJCC can provide contacts trained in assessing security – and remain available to coordinate with Queens Jewish organizations on a wide range of communal issues.

Michael Nussbaum                          Mayer Waxman

President                                          Executive Director

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