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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Oh my: Across the USA, Jews urged not to walk home from synagogue alone

In an unprecedented move, the National Council of Young Israel has urged American Jews not to walk home from synagogue alone on the two final days of the Passover holiday.
The security precaution is one of several emailed to those affiliated with the national modern orthodox synagogue network this week in response to the recent shooting attack at a Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas.

Jewish community centers, synagogues and other institutions around the country boosted their security last week following the attack, in which Klansman Frazier Glenn Cross killed three people, including a teenage boy.

Police have increased their presence at Jewish sites in both New York and Washington and senior Jewish communal officials have consulted with both the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

“Don't walk home alone late at night. Always walk with a buddy,” NCYI’s Ari Matityahu recommended to affiliate communities.

Other security precautions suggested include not letting strangers into synagogues, employing the “Run/Hide/Fight model of active shooter response” and securing trash cans so that “bombs can’t be hidden in them.”
In America? 

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