You may soon hear, or have already heard, about a non-specific security threat to the Jewish community labeled as a "Day of Hate" and set to occur this Saturday, 2/25. The threat is a call for acts of vandalism which can be recorded and posted on social media. This threat has been circulating in the more obscure reaches of the internet for several weeks and has not developed into more specific threats against particular Jewish organizations. We are not aware of any credible or specific threats to Jewish institutions or individuals in the area.
Since the threats are undefined and no specific targets have been identified, Evanston Police Department and other agencies are simply recommending heightened vigilance and attention to security at all houses of worship.
We play a vital role in keeping the congregation safe. Please keep a careful watch when you are around the synagogue building. If you see objects that do not belong on the property, do not touch them. Once you are in the building, please do not open doors, or hold doors, for people you do not recognize. Always report anything suspicious to a staff member.
Our staff will be continually scanning our surroundings throughout the weekend for anything out of the ordinary. We look forward to seeing you at the synagogue this weekend for worship and any other in person programs to be together with your community.