The Jerusalem Municipality has issued safety precautions for the public attending synagogue this Sabbath.
Those who have weapons are requested to carry them at all times. Before the Sabbath, synagogue officials should make a list of attendees with guns. It is preferable that those in attendance who have weapons sit near the entrance/exit of the prayer hall. An attendee who is familiar with the community members should also sit near the entrance to report any unusual or suspicious people.
After consulting with the chief rabbis of the city, Rabbi Aryeh Shtern and Rabbi Shlomo Ammar, it has been requested that a cellular phone be kept available at the synagogue, turned on at all times but in ‘quiet’ mode.
Uzi Chen, Director of Emergency and Security in the Jerusalem Municipality, said to NRG, “While the public is praying, they are immersed in prayer, in the open, so someone could see it as a point of vulnerability.”
As a result, it is recommended to close doors and passages not necessary during prayer, and to place someone to supervise new arrivals. Before worshippers enter the building, a patrol of the area for suspicious objects or people should be made. During the prayer service, special caution should be taken of people carrying packages, or of unattended packages. If possible, vehicles should not be permitted to park or loiter in front of the synagogue. People who walk to the synagogue should remain alert at all times to suspicious people on the street.