LB BACH thanks the police


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, children from the BACH Jewish Center decorated and delivered more than 100 cookies for their local police department in appreciation to the officers who keep them and their families safe. In a year when antisemitism has been on the rise, the Long Beach police department has worked closely with the Jewish community to ensure their safety.

Rabbi Benny Berlin of the BACH Jewish Center in Long Beach led the children in the spirited activity, emphasizing and teaching them the importance of expressing gratitude to those who have done so much for the community.

“Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything we have to be grateful for, and as a community there is no one more deserving of our gratitude than our local police officers in Long Beach,” said Rabbi Berlin. “In light of the recent threats made against Jewish communities both here in New York and across the country, the LBPD has ramped up their efforts to keep us safe, providing us with additional patrols and security over the recent High Holiday season.”

 The children decorated 100 cookies and wrote messages of gratitude on the outside of the cookie boxes. “Thank you for all that you do!” wrote one six-year-old girl, along with a picture of a rainbow and flowers. “Thank you for keeping me and my family safe,” wrote a nine-year-old next to a drawing of a smiling turkey.

Pictured: Following the activity, Rabbi Berlin hand-delivered the cookies and cards to Long Beach Police Commissioner Ronald Walsh.