The following is from an email sent to the entire membership of the Agudah of Avenue L, and first published on FlatbushScoop.com:
Within the last 5 weeks, there were two Hatzolah calls from our shul, requiring emergency assistance for underaged drinkers who passed out with dangerous levels of alcohol in their bloodstream. Neither of these youngsters was from our membership. They seemed to be a part of a group of underaged children that wander from Shul to Shul on Friday nights or Shabbos Day, looking for a Simcha at which they can inebriate themselves.
As responsible members of the Jewish Community, Agudath Israel Bais Binyomin has instituted some safeguards that we hope will become the standard for our Shul, as well as, all other Shul’s and Boti Medroshim in Flatbush and beyond.
If your Shul does not have such a policy, please this to your Board of Directors.
Unfortunately this will not eradicate the root of this terrible problem, but will at least represent a proactive step in protecting these children from themselves.
Any one wishing to make a Sholom Zocher at Agudath Israel Bais Binyomin, must agree to the following stipulations:
1 - No Hard Liquor will be served at any Sholom Zocher, taking place anywhere in our Shul. There will be no exceptions.
2 - Beer or Wine can only be placed at the head table of the Sholom Zocher and distributed by the Ba’al Simcha or his designate.
3 – No beer should be given to any underaged child. If you see underaged children drinking, please tell the Ba’al Simcha immediately.
All other Simchas taking place at the Agudath. – This includes a Kiddush, Yur Tzeit, Vort, Bar Mitzvah, Wedding or any other occasion at which Hard Liquor is served.
4 – We strongly recommend the Ba’al Simcha designate individuals to monitor those tables that contain Hard Liquor or Wine.
5 – No Hard Liquor should be served to any underaged children.
6 – Adults at the Simcha should be vigilant and if he / she sees an underaged child drinking, it is important that they say something to the child and to the Ba’al Simcha.
Please do not take these policies and suggestions lightly. This may actually save the life of a child.
NOTE: Interestingly, NYS Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz released a press release this morning about this story, just one day after FlatbushScoop.com publicized the email from the Agudah, which should be noted, was first disseminated via email on February 2nd (almost a month ago).