The Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland – Chabad recently played host to a contingency of Israeli Police officers who came to the state as part of the Police Unity Tour and Police Week Celebrations. The annual event was aimed at fostering unity among law enforcement officers across the globe and strengthening their shared commitment to safety and security.
Local law enforcement members and community members, in collaboration with the Chabad Israeli Center of Baltimore were the event took place, joined JUSA in welcoming the brave men and women from Israel. Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, director of JUSA, warmly welcomed the attendees, and greetings were offered by various notable individuals, including Maryland Delegate Dayla Attar, Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Roland Butler Jr., and Baltimore City States Attorney Ivan Bates. Rabbi Shmuel Gurary, director of Chabad Israeli Center of Baltimore, offered greetings in Hebrew and prayed for the safety of citizens of Israel who are facing harm.
The highlight of the event was the special welcome given to the Central District Commander of the Israeli Police, Major General Avi Bitton. Each member of the Israeli Police contingent was introduced by Chief Superintendent Yoni Zeitak, to applause from the audience, in recognition of their dedication towards serving the community. The event was also attended by a significant number of members from the Maryland Law Enforcement community, including Maryland State Fire Marshall Brian Giraci, the new Baltimore County Police Chief Robert McCullough, Baltimore County Police Major Orlando Lilly, and Captain of Pikesville Precinct, Andrea Bylen. Officer Ron Labar from Baltimore City Police NW district, President of NWCP Neil Schachter, and members of Shomrim of Baltimore also graced the event with their presence.