Many US synagogues upped security before Jerusalem attack

by Larry Copeland

November 19, 2014

The images of an attack Tuesday at a synagogue in Jerusalem were disturbing to many in the USA, but they have a special resonance for American Jews.

“Certainly, at our synagogues there really is a sense, when seeing the reports of the attack yesterday, and seeing pools of blood on the floor, that it’s not just the synagogue in Jerusalem, but we in our synagogues felt attacked as well,” says Nathan Diament, director of public policy for the New York-based Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations.

“There’s a real unity, in a certain sense, of synagogues across the world,” he says. “All of them are constructed in a similar manner. At all the synagogues in the world, you face toward Jerusalem. The attack really resonated with American Jews and their synagogues as well.”

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