On May 15, Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, director of Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland (JUSA) and chaplain of the Baltimore Police Department, was honored to give the invocation at the Baltimore Police Chaplain Program graduation this month. He also met with acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle.
There were 52 chaplains of all different faiths who graduated at the ceremony, said Rabbi Tenenbaum. He has served as chaplain with the Baltimore Police Department since 2014, and is affiliated with Chabad.
Rabbi Tenenbaum recited the following prayer at the ceremony:
“We pray together for G-d’s blessings upon this graduation ceremony, and we ask that He, Almighty G-d, give our chaplains the wisdom to know what is right and good, and the strength and courage to meet all challenges, and lead the police officers of this agency along the path of justice and compassion.”
JUSA provides current and retired Jewish law enforcement officers of the state of Maryland (including military, police, fire, and public safety officers) with Jewish educational and social support and activities. JUSA also offers Jewish Cultural Training workshops to law enforcement professionals and members of the armed forces.
“I started giving the JUSA Jewish CulturalTraining workshop for law enforcement a few years ago and now I give it to the trainees at the Baltimore Police Academy,” said Rabbi Tenenbaum.
On May 17, he invited the current class of Baltimore Police trainees to the Cheder Chabad of Baltimore, where they met with students and looked at a Torah scroll.
“The trainees really enjoyed the interaction and the students’ questions,” Rabbi Tenenbaum said.