A Badge to Visit Your Rabbi (Video)
(Above: My former World Trade Center security badge.)
Last week, I was saddened by new security measures at my synagogue put in place in the wake of the Newtown massacre that have no real hope of stopping a similar event on our own campus. Shortly I after I published my post, the online editor of the Union for Reform Judaism let me know she had sent the link on to “make the rounds” of their staff. Reason being, because conversations about synagogue security and keeping our synagogues welcoming places have up to now been separate discussions at the URJ. They shouldn’t be–because overly earnest security measures can carry a great price. They can make of our synagogues unnecessarily unwelcoming places. I explore that idea in my video post today.