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Synagogues Encouraged To Increase Security After Pittsburgh Shooting

October 30, 2018 - 7:04 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Many synagogues and Jewish schools are facing difficult decision as they evaluate their security measures in the aftermath of the deadly Pittsburgh attack.

Speaking with WCBS 880’s Steve Burns, Malcolm Hoenlien, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said he wants all Jewish communities to evaluate their security.

“This is not the Jewish community’s problem, we’re the victims,” Hoenlien stressed. However, he explained that communities of all sizes need to be proactive.

“There is a new awakening again in the wake of what happened in Pittsburgh,” the executive vice president of the organization said.

As there are not many resources in many of these schools and synagogues, Hoenlien recommended starting small.

“Having parents volunteer for guard duty outside of schools, to have the same at synagogues, to prepare cameras at the doors,” he explained.

Hoenlien explained that his recommendations came in the interest of deterrence; prevention does still remain the ultimate goal.

“It really relies on the communities and the institutions of the community, who we hope, in concert with other ethnic religious groups, take steps that root out and isolate those who engage in violence,” Hoenlien said.