An event organized by the New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance and the National Chaplains Association today brought together representatives from a wide range of law enforcement agencies in New Jersey to learn about the upcoming Jewish holidays.
Presenters at the event explained to the agencies the meaning of some of the things they may see in the coming weeks, which may otherwise appear suspicious or attract police attention. Participants at the meeting also discussed increased vigilance and beefed-up police patrols at shuls and Jewish community centers, which will be highly populated over the yamim tovim.
Among the presentations made, police and security officers in attendance were shown a lulav, and explained not to see the holders as a rifle case. They were taught to expect large crowds at lakes during tashlich times. They were even treated to a sample of shofar-blowing, performed by Joshua Obstfeld, Special Agent In Charge of the FBI Field Office in Newark.
Attending organizations included the US Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, the Department of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Transit Police, Newark Police Department, and more.