LI synagogues rethink security in wake of Pittsburgh massacre

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Many in Long Island's Jewish community are examining security protocols and safety measures as the nation reels from Saturday's shooting attack that left 11 dead at a synagogue in Pennsylvania.

Some rabbis who spoke with News 12 Long Island say they are planning to increase security in the wake of the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Rabbi Art Vernon, of Congregation Shaaray Shalom in West Hempstead, was among the dozens who attended a solidarity rally in Mineola Monday. He says every synagogue must now pay more attention to security, and he wants to come up with a protocol for an active shooter at his synagogue.

Atlantic Beach resident Carol Feldmann, who goes to temple every week, says she no longer feels safe.

"Unfortunately I guess the answer is I would like to see armed guards in front of the synagogue, in front of churches," she says.

Police on Long Island say they have stepped up patrols.

"We are concerned about the copycats, about the lone wolf that comes out now," says Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.

According to police, reports of anti-Semitic incidents in Suffolk have gone down over the past few years, with only one reported so far this year in the county. Nassau police say that anti-Semitic crimes are also down, with 20 reported this year.

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