Religious leader mulls security measures in wake of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

<p>President Trump is calling for more security at synagogues but some religious leaders in Westchester wonder how far they should go with security measures.</p>

News 12 Staff

Oct 29, 2018, 1:19 AM

Updated 2,094 days ago

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President Trump is calling for more security at synagogues, but some religious leaders in Westchester wonder how far they should go with security measures.
Rabbi Jay Stein, of the Hebrew Center Synagogue in Dobbs Ferry, says anti-Semitism isn’t new to America in this age.
He says that in Europe, there are armed guards at synagogues and institutions, but Stein says he struggles with that idea.  
"When you approach your spiritual home and there are armed guards outside, it makes you unnerved.  So we have to figure out the balance between allowing people to feel safe and recognizing we live in a real world that has real threats and real dangers,” he says.
Stein does say that there is a full security system in place at his synagogue.
He says that he will continue to spread the message he comforted his congregants with on Saturday.
"Faith for us is not radicalized it's never weaponized and the idea that we can bring a message of peace to the world is incredibly important,” he says.


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