Today our children came bouncing to school with usual squeals of delight. Our fitness center is crowded, balls bounce in the gym, and the lanes in the pool are busy. We expect a full-house as our community enjoys a pre-Passover celebration in the theatre.
Like every day, we come together for our health and wellness, our education, our socialization. We come together as a community.
Nevertheless, today is a little bit different. A suspect was arrested in connection to the threats made to JCCs throughout the U.S. We don't expect to ever understand his motives, as there is simply no rationale that can explain the attacks.
Our staff and Board of Directors join me in applauding the efforts of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and our own Irvine Police Department for their commitment to our safety. We continue to work with law enforcement, continuously heightening security, and just today met with DHS to conduct a series of comprehensive security assessments.
We are also tremendously grateful to our members and the entire community for their inexhaustible support. Our civic, political and faith communities continue to buoy us with their words and gestures of concern and friendship, and if I am totally honest, have brought tears to our eyes with their unwavering encouragement.
Like every day, we are doing the work of building a vibrant community. Like every day, the safety of our children, our members, and our community remains our top priority. We are always vigilant. It is our responsibility to ensure that the 50,000 people who pass through our doors each month, enjoying the extraordinary programs that define our JCC, do so with every confidence that we remain a secure and exciting engine for building a vibrant community.
January 31, 2017