Security ramped up at Capital Region synagogues

Security ramped up at Capital Region synagogues

Security has been increased at Capital Region synagogues, as a war in Israel continutes.

The same week more than 1,200 people gathered at Congregation Beth Emeth for a day of solidarity with Israel, the temple is now officially welcoming their new rabbi.

It is difficult to ignore the circumstances and the uncertainty in the world as Greg Weitzman begins his new rabbinate.

The nation of Israel is at war, antisemitism across the country is on the rise, and threats have been made against Jewish synagogues around the country, including here in the Capital Region.

There has been a focus on the Jewish houses of worship for the last few weeks, Albany Police said. Extra officers have been added in those designated areas. Police have been conducting several property checks day and night. The necessary precautions will continue in order to keep residents and visitors safe, police said.

People NewsChannel 13 spoke with agree even though it’s a sad commentary on American society, it is also necessary. Whether it becomes the new norm in this country remains to seen.

Despite the very visible police presence, folks at the temple will tell you the joy of this special occasion overshadows the war. Weitzman will be the 14th senior rabbi in the long history of the fourth-oldest Reform congregation in America