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High Holiday Ushers and Volunteers Emergency Training: Safeguarding Our Communities


As the High Holidays approach, the Jewish community prepares for a time of reflection, prayer, and unity. With the spirit of togetherness comes the responsibility to ensure the safety and security of congregants during this significant time of year. That's why the Jewish Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) has taken the initiative to train ushers and volunteers. Their readiness is instrumental in creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone participating in these cherished traditions.

Screening and Greeting: The First Line of Defense

One of the primary focuses of the emergency training provided by JEPP was how to conduct effective screening and greeting processes. Ushers and volunteers play a critical role in welcoming congregants and visitors while also keeping an eye out for any potential security threats. This first line of defense involves identifying suspicious behavior and ensuring that everyone entering the synagogue is there with good intentions.


Roles and Responsibilities: A Well-Defined Structure

A significant part of the training revolved around defining roles and responsibilities for ushers and volunteers. This clarity ensures that each individual understands their specific duties and can respond promptly and effectively in any situation. From directing traffic to monitoring entrances, JEPP's training equips these dedicated community members to act as pillars of security during the High Holidays.

Effective Communication in Crisis Situations

In times of crisis, effective communication is paramount. Ushers and volunteers were taught how to communicate efficiently both within their team and with congregants during emergency situations. Whether it's a medical issue, a security threat, or any other emergency, clear and swift communication is essential to ensure a coordinated and effective response.

Procedures for Evacuation and Lockdown

JEPP's training program also covered the crucial procedures for evacuation and lockdown. In the event of an emergency, knowing how to guide people to safety or secure the premises can be life-saving. Ushers and volunteers are now well-prepared to handle these situations with confidence and composure.

Empowering Communities: Chabad of the Main Line and Shaare Shamayim Synagogue

JEPP's dedication to community safety extended to Chabad of the Main Line and Shaare Shamayim Synagogue, where enthusiastic individuals volunteered their time and energy to be part of this essential training program. These dedicated community members are determined to ensure that their congregations can worship without fear, knowing that their safety is a top priority.


Join us and get your community ready for the High Holidays. Set up time to meet and send us an email to Yoni@jepp365.org


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