Statement of Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union) Leadership on Hostage Crisis at Texas Synagogue

Posted on January 15, 2022 In Press Releases

The leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America is closely monitoring the crisis situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. We have been in direct communication this evening with senior officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and other key agencies as well as our Jewish community partners at Secure Community Network.

We call on all congregations to pray for the welfare of those inside Beth Israel and the federal and local law enforcement officers on scene.

While it seems this is an isolated incident, it is still unfolding and we urge all synagogues to ensure their security and safety protocols are in place and that they are in contact with their local law enforcement partners as appropriate.

The safety of synagogues is of the highest priority to the Orthodox Union.  We will continue to work to ensure that members of our community – and of all faith communities – can exercise the freedom to worship with freedom from fear.