CST’s work did not stop during 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic. That is because antisemitism, terrorism and extremism continued, adapting to the situation as they so often seem to do. CST’s work must continue, as those threatening to cause harm to our Jewish community persist.
We know that antisemitism grows at times of crisis, uncertainty and fear. There is a basic anger, but there is also a growing belief in conspiracy theories and a hunt for scapegoats. Unfortunately, that will often include us.
The value of community is most obvious when times are tough. Last Pesach, we never knew what this new Coronavirus situation had in store. The idea that, come next Pesach, family and friends must again be celebrating remotely, would have been overwhelming: worst still, would have been the thought that in many families, there would also be deep tragedy and loss.
We now understand the situation, but that does not make it any easier. Yet here we are, coming together again, as best we can, however we can. Please know that CST is also still here. Like you, we didn’t stop being who we are, working for the good of our community, our families and friends.
We work to serve you, our community. Our mission is to enable and encourage the flourishing of Jewish life in the UK, confident in the knowledge that we are there to keep it safe. This endeavour cannot happen without your cooperation and support: in fact, we depend on it.
There are lots of different ways to support CST.
You can contribute by becoming a volunteer and training in technical and physical aspects of modern- day security, ensuring that your shul and fellow congregants are as well-protected as possible.
You can report antisemitism to us when you see it. Every report helps us to do our jobs better and to represent our community to police and government. Help us to help you, that is what we are here for.
You can donate to us. We are a charity and rely upon the generosity of our community. CST’s trustees and donors give to CST as well as all manner of other charities and causes, Jewish and non-Jewish. All of this helps us to build a better Jewish, British, future together.
CST wishes you all a Chag Pesach Sameach