Long Beach police step up patrols for Jewish holidays amid rise in antisemitic crimes
The Long Beach Police Department announced it is providing extra patrols at synagogues for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Long Beach police on Friday announced enhanced security for the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days.
The stepped-up patrols are in response to antisemitic flyers distributed in the community over the summer and a synagogue in Long Beach that was vandalized last year.
“We have a situational awareness, as well as all the intelligence necessary. In addition, we spoke to every synagogue to make sure the department is fully aware of their worship schedule. We will visit every synagogue as a way of delivering additional security and support,” says Ronald J. Walsh Jr., Long Beach police commissioner.
In communities like Rockville Centre and Oceanside, antisemitic flyers were also discovered thrown on lawns and porches.
Some synagogues are adding their own extra security for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
"We are going to be secure. We are not scared. We are not nervous. It's very important that people be positive," says Rabbi Eli Goodman, of Chabad of the Beaches.
Suffolk and Nassau police also say they will be stepping up patrols around religious synagogues for the upcoming Jewish holidays.
All of the extra security is making those celebrating feel safer.
"I feel really safe. My children go to the school where we are going to the High Holidays, so I feel it's really safe," says Woodbury resident Taylor Schacter.
Police there is no specific threat to the community right now. They are reminding everyone to remain vigilant and call 911 if anything seems suspicious.