Local Synagogues Step Up Security
Reporting Dave Carlin
NEW YORK (CBS 2) – After federal officials foiled an attempted terror attack, Jewish leaders nationwide have increased security at synagogues and Jewish centers, having been warned the threats were aimed specifically at their communities.
Authorities seized on Friday two UPS packages with explosive materials inside. Both packages were addressed to synagogues in Chicago.
Investigators gave an immediate heads up to the Anti-Defamation League.
“They did ask us to reach out to our community contacts and let them know about the increased risk,” Clare Pinkert, of the Anti-Defamation League, said.
All signs are pointing towards terrorists based in Yemen. An additional 13 suspicious packages could be unaccounted for, resulting in stepped up security in the Upper West Side, CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reports.
Officials are warning members of Jewish institutions to be on the lookout for packages mailed from overseas, especially from Yemen, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
“We asked them to increase their mailroom security. We asked them to take measures to take steps to help them,” Steven Sheinberg, of the Anti-Defamation League, said.
Sheinberg said any suspicious package should be put in a secure area and left there for the proper authorities.
By Friday night, the threats were still fresh on people’s minds.
“It’s not a bad thing to be cautious,” Lee Mishri, a student from Israel, said.
At one local service, a Rabbi advised his congregation to “be vigilant and never scared” and that wallowing in fear gives in to what the terrorists want.
Upper West Side resident Judith Fields said, “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”
While there are increased security measures at synagogues nationwide, leaders said they will not alter or reduce their services.
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