December 31, 2019 5:00 pm
NEW YORK (VINnews) — Nearly 100,000 attendees are expected to arrive at MetLife stadium on Wednesday for the highly anticipated Siyum HaShas event.
Tensions are mounting in the Jewish community because of the many anti-Semitic attacks that have been taking place lately, particularly in New York. Naturally, a Jewish event of this size and magnitude has some in the community worrying about the safety issues surrounding the event.
But potential attendees have nothing to worry about, according to Rabbi Yosef C. Golding, Chief Operating Officer of the Siyum HaShas.
According to Golding, security at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday will be on the level of a presidential visit.
“There will be over 300 uniformed state police in the stadium, and that’s just the visible ones,” Golding said, according to a report by northjersey.com.
Golding says that he has received numerous calls from individuals lately who have expressed their concern about attending. However, event organizers have spent several months working with over 50 law enforcement agencies, including the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Department of Homeland Security, New York City Police and the FBI, to ensure the safety of those present.
“I don’t think there will be a bomb sniffing dog in New Jersey that won’t be in the stadium,” Golding added.
“The New Jersey State Police along with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners will be on hand to ensure a safe and secure environment for all attendees, workers, and responders for the duration of the event,” said state police spokesman Sgt. Lawrence Peele.
“Our staff and the New Jersey State Police are going to great lengths to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Agudath Israel of America spokeswoman Shira Davidovits. “Security has been a top priority.”
As an additional security measure, only guests with valid tickets will be allowed entry to the stadium.
All guests will be required to walk through a metal detector before entering the building.
Officials have advised that all attendees should leave all bags and purses at home.