The incident at the Texas synagogue is a disturbing reminder for local Jewish community leaders that despite how far we've come, we still have a long way to go and increasing security is a necessary part of the world we live in.
“A Holocaust museum, dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and genocide and having to be talking about things like enhanced security measures simply because you do what you do to better the world we are in, that’s an unfortunate position," said Florida Holocaust Museum Chair Michael Igel.
“We have enhanced our security measures over the past couple of years and we’re in the process of redoubling those efforts again.”
Tighter security is part of what Rabbi David Weizman preaches now at the Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater, where walkie-talkies are used by security people during services to stay in touch while monitoring who's coming into Temple. The whole time, surveillance cameras keep an eye on everything.
“I think the natural thing for Jewish people to feel is that, ‘is it going to happen here?’”, said Rabbi Weizman, “And I think this time we just want to check that pretty quick and say we're going to do what we need to do and there are protocols. We're going to increase our security for this time being and that's what we need to do.”
Both Rabbi Weizman and Chairman Igel say security measures at the synagogue and at the Holocaust Museum are being reviewed and improved, but they both agree that the best security is the unwavering support of people of all faiths in the Bay Area.