Jewish High Holidays bring renewed concerns about safety


“THERE HAVE BEEN THOSE WHO HAVE TRIED TO USE JEWS AS A SCAPEGOAT FOR A COUNTRY’S PERIL OR IT’S TROUBLE AND REALLY PERSECUTE US” DANIELLE: SECURITY CONCERNS AS THE JEWISH NEW YEAR APPROACHES AT SUN DOWN GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.. IM DANIELLE AVITABLE. WITHIN THE PAST YEAR THERE HAVE MULTIPLE ATTACKS AND THREATS ON SYNAGOGUES AND JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS. ABOUT A MONTH AGO A MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING A SHOOTING AT A COMMUNITY CENTER IN YOUNGSTOWN DANIELLE: NBC4’S JASON AUBRY JOINS US LIVE IN BEXLEY. JASON, SECURITY ON HOLIDAYS LIKE THIS IS ALWAYS A CONCERN JASON: SECURITY CONCERNS HAVE BECOME COMMON FOR ALL KINDS OF FAITH GROUPS BUT WITH AT LEAST TWO ATTACKS ON JEWISH SYNAGOGUES IN THE LAST YEAR – SECURITY IS TOP OF MIND HERE IN OHIO. JASON: I TALKED TO JOEL MARCOVITCH ABOUT WHAT IS BEING DONE TO PROTECT PLACES OF WORSHIP TODAY AFTER WHAT HAPPENED IN PITTSBURGH AT THE TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE LAST YEAR. HE SAYS HE IS GRATEFUL FOR THE MONEY PUT INTO THE STATE OPERATING BUDGET TO ASSIST ALL FAITH GROUPS WITH OFFSETTING COSTS OF PRIVATE SECURITY. HIS ORGANIZATION JEWISH COLUMBUS IS TAKING HALF-A-MILLION DOLLARS AND SPENDING IT ON OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICERS SO THERE IS A PRESENCE AT ALL JEWISH FACILITIES IN COLUMBUS. JOEL MARCOVITCH / CEO JEWISH COLUMBUS: ” IT’S BRINGING A LOT OF COMFORT TO FOLKS SO AGAIN WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ENJOY THEIR HOLIDAYS I MEAN THIS IS AMERICA THIS IS A WONDERFUL COUNTRY BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE YOU KNOW CAREFUL AND CAUTIOUS ABOUT WHAT’S OUT THERE” JASON: ROSH HASHANAH IS A TIME OF CELEBRATION AND REFLECTION… MARCOVITCH SAYS JEWS CAN FOCUS ON BOTH BECAUSE OF THE SECURITY IN PLACE TO KEEP THEM SAFE. DANIELLE: RAIN IS MOVING ACROSS PARTS OF

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