New Jersey AG Hosts Jewish Leaders, Law Enforcement Agencies, to Ensure Safety over Yomim Tovim
By: Yitzy Fried
History was made in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah, when New Jersey’s Attorney General Matt Platkin hosted a first-of-its-kind High Holiday briefing for law enforcement agencies at the offices of the New Jersey AG in Trenton.
This comes on the heels of AG Platkin’s official confirmation by the New Jersey Senate as the 62nd Attorney General of the state. He had been serving as acting AG since February, when he had been nominated by Governor Phil Murphy.
In attendance were officials from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including State Prosecutors, representatives from the US Attorney’s office and the FBI office, local police departments, and a slew of Rabbanim and leaders from the gamut of Jewish communities in the state of New Jersey.
The purpose of the meeting was to brief the various stakeholders on important information with regard to the Yomim Tovim schedule, and the unique sensitivities and unique needs of the Jewish communities, and to serve as a forum where communication channels are opened between the community and the law enforcement agencies who are here to protect them.
The Attorney General also took advantage of the occasion of this gathering to pay tribute to Rabbi Joel Friedman, a prominent community leader, and longtime law enforcement Chaplain for his many years of work on behalf of his community throughout the state of New Jersey.
A gratified Rabbi Joel Friedman, who was instrumental in coordinating this event, said, “At a time when we are seeing heightened incidents of Anti-Semitism in Jewish communities everywhere, it is especially heartening to see AG Platkin bring together all these stakeholders to renew their commitment to the safety and security of the Jewish community, and we look forward to many years of working together with the AG and his incredible team.”