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With the religious holiday of Passover beginning this evening, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton partnered with clergy, law enforcement and government leaders for a pre-Passover briefing about public safety.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office plans on deploying additional resources to synagogues, neighborhoods with higher Jewish populations, and other potentially sensitive locations during the religious holiday.
As with many major holidays, increased traffic is expected on the roads and at shopping centers. In addition, law enforcement is on heighten alert for acts of bias and anti-Semitism.
“The safety and security of all Bergen County residents is of the utmost importance. Even in the absence of a local threat, it is the job of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office to remain vigilant and dedicate additional resources for religious high holy days. Bergen County is a welcoming place for everyone, and it is essential residents feel safe practicing their respective creeds and faiths. On behalf of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, I wish all in observance next week a very Happy Passover!”
Rabbi Joel Friedman, who presided over the briefing, offered an overview of traditions and expectations for the holy season which followed by an opportunity for Q&A from attendees.
“I would like to thank our local, county, and state law enforcement agencies for their commitment and dedication to the Jewish community across Bergen County and Northern New Jersey. I was honored to be part of this important briefing and wish everyone in observance a meaningful High Holy season” said BCSO Chaplain Rabbi Joel Friedman.
The Jewish holiday of Passover begins tonight, Friday, April 15th and will take place until Saturday April 23rd 8:45pm.