CSS urges southern Jewish communities to prioritize security
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Following three apparent anti-Semitic incidents in Los Angeles, in which a nearby synagogue, restaurant and supermarket were vandalized, the Community Security Service on Sunday reiterated its urging on U.S. Jewish leaders to prioritize security.
“We call on all Jewish institutions – regardless of their affiliation – to heed the call to encourage its members to take basic steps to get involved in volunteer safety,” said Evan R. Bernstein, CEO and national director of CSS, a New York-based company. nationwide organization dedicated to building volunteer-led security and safety teams to protect the Jewish community in cooperation with law enforcement.
Security footage on Friday showed an assailant attempting to throw a concrete block through the windows of a synagogue in Century City. The windows of the synagogue are made of wired glass and the concrete bounced back without causing significant damage. But the attempt – in the wake of other high-profile anti-Semitic attacks on Jews in Southland – has raised concerns.
“In my 35 years as the rabbi of this beautiful synagogue, I have never, ever experienced such an act against our house of God,” said Rabbi Elazar Muskin of Young Israel of Century City, 9317 W Pico Blvd.
“I have never seen such hatred, a public manifestation of anti-Semitism and hatred on the streets of our city as we see it today,” added Muskin. “This will not deter anyone from attending this synagogue and our mission to be an Orthodox Jewish place of worship in Los Angeles. We take our mission very seriously and we will not be afraid of any actions from anyone. “
The attempted vandalism took place around 1 a.m. on Friday. Synagogue officials said the man first smashed a window at a nearby kosher restaurant called Pat’s Next Door and then tried to do the same with the synagogue.
“These incidents show that anti-Semitism continues to target our community institutions,” said Steven Silver, regional director of volunteers at CSS Los Angeles. “That’s why we have to prioritize safety.”
CSS officials noted that these three vandalisms last week came in the wake of other anti-Semitic incidents in recent weeks in the Los Angeles metro area, including harassment and intimidation of restaurant diners, which resulted in violent altercations, and the pursuit of a conspicuously identifiable Orthodox man by a caravan of anti-Israel protesters.
The conflict between Israel and the Gaza-based terrorist organization Hamas has escalated conflict across the United States, with several synagogues and Jewish institutions across the country being targeted, leaving many communities feeling vulnerable, CSS officials said. .
“The nature and consistency of anti-Semitic incidents that target Jewish communities across the country make it clear to us that more eyes and ears are needed on the ground,” Bernstein said. “As a community, we need to take a more proactive approach by reinforcing the idea that safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
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