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In the wake of two synagogue shootings over the last eight months, Jewish congregations across the country have been actively preparing for more violence.
In May we reported on "Tactical Rabbi" Raziel Cohen, a firearms instructor who told the Westside Los Angeles Chabad congregation in the wake of the Poway, California synagogue shooting that left one dead: "We don't want to be victims," adding "We need to protect ourselves now."
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"The benefit of having an individual in the synagogue with a gun is that they’re fighting for something," said Cohen, adding "They’re much more willing to defend their kids than a person who is being paid $15 an hour."
Meanwhile, congregations across the country are conducting active shooter drills according to the Times of Israel.
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"It was not a high-energy, kind of catching people off-guard kind of thing," said Rabbi Neil Cooper of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, PA, of a recent active shooter drill "We also wanted to let people know, more than anything else, that we’re on top of this. We have a procedure. We have people looking out."
Active shooter drills and Tactical Rabbi aside, congregations across the country are employing a "range of other security measures" according to the Times, which include "locking doors, reinforcing windows and hiring armed security," while "Some congregations have encouraged members to carry handguns at services, while others have installed new restrictions on carrying guns in synagogue."
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Krav Maga - the Israeli military's close-quarter martial art, is also being taught in synagogues now.
Avi Abraham, an Israeli martial arts expert who teaches Krav Maga, the Israeli hand-to-hand combat system, has taught self-defense courses to groups at more than 20 synagogues in the New York City area. His course consists of six hourlong classes for groups of congregants where they learn how to take...
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