Community Security Service Statement on Colleyville Synagogue Incident
New York, NY, January 15, 2022 … The Community Security Service (The CSS) expresses deep concern over the hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.
According to law enforcement, an armed male subject entered the synagogue and began making threats to congregants inside. Police and FBI responded and began conducting SWAT operations, resulting in a standoff and hostage situation. According to reports, the subject was holding at least four congregants hostage.
Evan R. Bernstein, National Director and CEO of The CSS, issued the following statement:
“The threats to Jews in the United States remain real and dangerous, as evidenced by the events today. We will be dissecting lessons from this incident as details emerge, and redoubling our efforts to strengthen the safety and security of synagogues and Jewish institutions across the country.
Today’s events serve as another clear reminder to Jewish communities nationwide that prioritizing security is paramount. Our thoughts are with the hostages, their families and the Colleyville Jewish community.”
About The Community Security Service (The CSS):
The CSS is the leading Jewish volunteer security nonprofit organization in the United States. Founded in 2007, The CSS was the first organization to bring to the United States a mindset long held by sister communities around the world, that protecting Jewish life and Jewish way of life starts with taking ownership of our own security. The CSS is focused on training volunteers in basic security procedures to help protect their institutions and events across the country. Through programs developed by foremost industry security experts, and tailored to various levels of interest and ability, volunteers learn to identify suspicious activity and prevent and respond to potential threatening situations. The CSS success also stems from its solid communal partnerships and established relationships with governmental agencies and law enforcement. To date, The CSS has created a national network of over 5000 trained volunteers, which help to protect hundreds of synagogues and events each year. Visit www.thecss.org.